Grade levels: 7-10

Lesson Objective: The Learner Will Be Able To:

1. Learn which animals, plants, and insects live in high mountain environments.
2. Illustrate these species.
3. List attributes of the species, including adaptations to a harsh environment..

Materials:
  • Books and magazines which feature high mountain environments (climbing magazines, nature magazines), internet.
  • Plain white drawing paper and pencils
Lesson Process:

1. In this lesson, students will conduct research singly or in partners in order to determine what kinds of plants, animals, insects, bacteria etc. they could expect to find in a high mountain environment similar to that of Mount Logan’s lower elevations. Challenge the students to find out as much as they can about the range of species they may be able to find. They may use whatever resources they can access; including consulting professionals or experts, the internet, magazines, books, etc. They must each find at least three species that have not been found by another student yet. You, as teacher, will record the species the students choose on a flipchart the whole class can see, so that they can check to make sure that they aren’t duplicating another student’s work.

2. When they have chosen an organism to investigate, they are to complete the following tasks:

A. Find the full latin name of the plant, animal, etc.
B. Draw and colour (pencil crayons are good for this) at least one picture of the organism.
C. Find out interesting information about the organism, including predators and prey or food sources, and adaptations the organism has made to live at high elevation.

3. They must bring the completed information and drawings to tomorrow’s class.