Teacher's Overview

Exploring the Prairie

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  1. CampSilos in the Classroom: What Teachers are Saying
  2. National Standards
  3. Goals and Objectives
  4. Using Primary Source Materials
    1. What is a Primary Source?
    2. Teaching With Primary Sources
    3. Assets and Liabilities of Primary Sources
    4. Online Primary Source Collections
  5. Lesson Plans
    1. Quick Facts
    2. Scavenger Hunt
    3. A Prairie Problem
    4. Build a Prairie
    5. History Detective
    6. Mystery Photo
    7. Who was Albert Lea?
    8. Albert's Great Adventure
  6. Student Activities
  7. Rubric
  8. Field Trips
  9. Prairie Resources and Webliography
  10. CampSilos Feedback Form

Goals and Objectives


Based upon reading original source materials and online resources, students will understand the characteristics of the native prairie lands explored by Albert Lea during the summer of 1835.

Specific Objectives

Upon completion of the learning activities in the Prairie Module, students will be able to:

  • Locate the prairie areas on a map of the United States.
  • Describe basic characteristics of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem.
  • Use the WWW and graphic organizers to research and compare plants and animals characteristic of the tallgrass prairie.
  • Use a Web-based simulation and generalize how the rich prairie soil developed.
  • Evaluate the role of prairie fires in prairie renewal.
  • Take a position related to preservation of the prairie and support their position with information drawn from resource materials.
  • Communicate the results of research and analysis through a final project such as an editorial, brochure, debate, diagram, display board, poster, news broadcast, Web page, speech, letter, multimedia presentation, oral history, skit or magazine article.

Student Activities

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