Overview: In this activity, students teach each other about some of the species that live in the sagebrush ecosystem. Each student “adopts” an organism, prepares a mask or costume, and presents his or her organism to the class. Students can use the essays in the FireWorks Encyclopedia: Sagebrush Steppe Ecosystem Field Guide to conduct research, and/or other sources. Each student presentation should address the ways the organisms are impacted by fire, both positive and negative.
- Students will deepen their understanding of ecological communities, ecosystems, and biodiversity by learning about some of the plants, animals, and fungi that live in the sagebrush ecosystem.
- Students will understand that individual species have specific ways to survive fires.
- Students will conduct research about an organism and create a mask, costume, or puppet to represent it.
- Students will give a 3-to 5-minute presentation to the class that describes their organism, including its adaptions to the sagebrush ecosystem and its relationship to fire.