Prairie Mystery Photo

Activity 7

Exploring the Prairie

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How did early pioneers use this plant when traveling across the prairie?

After examining this photograph, write your response in an email message to your teacher or exchange ideas with a friend.
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Used with permission from Kirk Henderson, Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management

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Clue #1

This plant is named the compass plant.
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Clue #2

Look at the road sign in the background of the mystery photo. The road sign and the compass plant have something important in common. Yes, they are both yellow..........but there is something more.
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Think you know?

Early pioneers used this plant as a way of guiding them across the prairies. The lower leaves of the compass plant orient themselves north and south making it possible for the early traveler to get directions even on a cloudy day. Read more about the compass plant.
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