Grasslands can have extreme weather from icy, windy, cold, winters to blazing hot, dusty, summers. They can have torrential downpours of rain and they can have droughts that last for months or even decades, threatening all life.
Make a grasslands diorama with panels to show the extreme weather that can be found on the plains. First paint the inside of the box to look like the plains. Green on the bottom with big blue sky above.
Then using a brown or black piece of construction paper cut a circular spiral shape. This you will hang from the top of the box so that it hangs down to the “grass” at the bottom. This is a twister on the plains.
Now cut two slits in the back of your box so that you can send the weather along the back. You’ll paint a long sheet of paper (we used freezer paper cut down to the right width) in panels so that you have a spring scene with flowers and rain and a cloud covered sky. You can have a summer scene with a blazing hot sun, and no clouds at all. You can have a fall scene with dry dead grass and maybe a grass fire. Then you can have a winter scene with howling wind and long drifts of snow (try using a toothbrush to flick paint on your scene to show snow).
Alternately you could show the rainy and dry seasons on a tropical grassland.
- Use the same box to show what the weather is like in other biomes.
- Learn how tornadoes form.
- Why are grasslands located where they are? One of the reasons is because large mountain ranges make huge rain shadows, and without enough rain trees can’t grow. Other grasslands are man-made, some of them maintained as grasslands since ancient times.
- What animals live on the plains. Compare grassland animals from different parts of the world. Are there any similarities? differences? between different places even if the climate and environment is similar?
- This activity is from Unit 1-13 of the Layers of Learning Curriculum. You want the whole blessed organized thing. Promise.
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