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Salmon and Juveniles

Veg Seg

Objectives: Students will understand how scientists classify habitats and map vegetation zones.
Related Web-Activity: Rooted In
Subjects: Geography, Ecology, Biology, Geography
ELRS:Mathematics 1.3, 5.2; Science 1.3; Geography 1.1
Size: Groups and individuals
Setting: Outside
Duration: One class period
Materials: White paper (preferably large), coloring materials, and a printed copy of the vegetation map and elevation map for each group.


Have each student group decide where they will draw a segment on their vegetation map. An example is available in Zone into Life. The end points of the segment should begin and end on a map color (the shorter the segment, the better). Place the elevation map on top of the vegetation map and trace the segment to the elevation map. They will need to study the information available for each of their colors (life zones) or you can discuss the life zones of North Cascades as a class.

Vertical Profile of A1-A2 SegmentStudents should illustrate a vertical profile of their segment. The topography should roughly match the topography on their printed copy. Exact replications are not possible with the map available. Have them stress precipitation distribution in their drawings rather than representing the exact species that live in the various zones. Their vertical profile should include as many environmental characteristics as they can imagine: shrubs, trees, animals, snow, water, birds, rocks, clouds, rain, etc.

The groups may then cut their vegetation and elevation segments out and paste them to their drawings. Post all illustrations on the wall and have each group explain their illustration to the class.


Lilly (half)
Lilly (half) Lilly
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