Prairie Dogs Are Serial Killers That Murder Their Competition

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Resource ID#: 164430 Primary Type: Text Resource


General Information

Subject(s): Science, English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 9, 10
Intended Audience: Educators educators
Resource supports reading in content area:Yes
Keywords: competition, interspecific, community, herbivore, squirrels, prairie dog, text complexity, lesson plan
Instructional Component Type(s): Text Resource
Resource Collection: STEM Reading Resources

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Lesson Plan

Killer Prairie Dogs:

In this lesson, students will analyze an informational text intended to support reading in the content area.  The National Geographic article profiles the scientists who discovered that the white-tailed prairie dog is killing ground squirrels in order to eliminate its competition for food. The article further highlights how the squirrel killings benefit the prairie dogs' offspring.  The lesson plan includes a note-taking guide, text-dependent questions, a writing prompt, answer keys, and a writing rubric. 

 

Type: Lesson Plan