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The Shrub Steppe Landscape Poster (SSLP) activities were designed for grades 1-5. The SSLP is a tool to help students construct their learning about plants, animals and geology of the shrub steppe. The teacher guides student discussions through the use of questioning strategies to develop key concepts from Science and Technology for Children (STC) or the Full Option Science System (FOSS) units by making connections to Earth's larger systems. The activities and lessons were designed to take advantage of the opportunity to integrate reading and writing into science.

The Shrub-Steppe Landscape activities will help students understand:

  • All plants and animals live in and depend on habitats. The Earth has many different habitats, and these different habitats support the life of many different plants and animals, including humans.
  • Ecosystems include plant and animal populations as well as nonliving resources. Plants and animals depend both on each other and on the nonliving resources in their ecosystem to survive. Ecosystems can change through both natural causes and human activities. These changes might be good or bad for the plants and animals that live in the ecosystem, or have no effect. Humans can protect the health of ecosystems in a number of ways.
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  • Ecosystems change, and these changes affect the capacity of an ecosystem to support populations. Some changes in ecosystems are caused by the organisms themselves. The ability of any organism to survive will depend on its characteristics and behaviors. Humans also play an important role in many ecosystems and may reduce negative impacts through thoughtful use of natural resources. Concepts related to ecosystems, including food webs, make it possible for students to understand the interrelationships among various forms of life and between living things and their environment.

To use the Shrub Steppe Landscape Poster you will need the following:

  • Shrub Steppe Landscape Poster Lessons
  • Shrub Steppe Landscape Poster (printed 58" x 34" and laminated)
  • Optional: Northwest Arid Lands: An Introduction to the Columbia Basin Shrub-Steppe by Georganne O'Connor and Karen Wieda, Battelle Press, 2001.

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