The Wide Open Prairie Teacher's Page
A  WebQuest for 3rd Grade, WebQuest Agricultural Series by Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University
 

TEACHER INFORMATION
Before your class begins their adventure of researching the prairie, I recommend the teacher reading the following books to his/her class:

Prairie Day by Laura Ingalls Wilder. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1997.

Going West by Jean Van Leeuwen. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1992.

After your students have completed the Prairie Poem page, have them print it out and then glue to colored construction paper. These would be great to hang up by the mural.

Over the years, the Prairie has changed due to Westward Expansion, Agriculture, etc. Explain to the students how these growths have changed the prairie over the years. This site on the changing prairie has some great information.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
http://www.campsilos.org/search.htm
http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlresources/units/byrnes-literature/jrees.html

 

EVALUATION
Rubric for Prairie Projects

Task 

7 pts.

5 pts.

2 pts.

0 pts.

Poem Has no grammatical or spelling errors. Has 1-2 grammatical or spelling errors. Has 3 grammatical or spelling errors. Has 4 or more grammatical or spelling errors.
Animal Paragraph Includes all information. Has 0-1 grammatical or spelling errors. Includes most of the information.  Has 2-3 grammatical or spelling errors. Includes very little on the information.  Has 3-4 grammatical or spelling errors. Includes none of the information.  Has 5 or more grammatical or spelling errors.

National Education Standards

SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARDS

  • Understand how human actions modify the physical environment
  • Understands the causes and nature of movements of large groups of people into and within the United States, now and long ago

SCIENCE STANDARDS

  • Changes in environments
  • Organisms and environments

LANGUAGE ARTS

  • Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes

TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS

BASIC OPERATIONS AND STANDARDS

  • Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems.
  • Students are proficient in the use of technology.

TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS

  • Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences.
  • Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.

 

COMMON CORE STANDARDS
Science: Strand 7, Sec. 1D


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This page was developed by Traci Cliffman, reviewed by Lyndon and Barbara Irwin and maintained by Missouri Farm Bureau. Please address questions to Diane Olson at Missouri Farm Bureau.