suggested grade levels: 9-12
view Idaho achievement standards for this lesson
1. Students will learn how to use the Digital Atlas of Idaho.
2. Students will learn about the vegetation found in Idaho.
1. To get there: Click on Idaho Overview, then on scroll down and click on Vegetation.
2. Encourage your students to read the section on vegetation and answer the following questions. (See Handout Sample) Be sure to have your students click on the various links so they can see the pictures. Also have them visit the vegetation photo archive for a short report on a species of their choice. To get to the vegetation photograph archive, scroll down to the bottom of the vegetation page and click on Visit the Vegetation Photo Archive. For a printable pdf copy of the handout sample that you can give your students, click below.
These are links to access the handouts and printable materials.
plnt1ho.pdf | plnt1AK.pdf | Vegetation | Visit the Vegetation Photo Archive
The sample questions below are shown in the printed handout.
Vegetation is a critical resource in Idaho because it provides ground cover that protects from wind and water erosion, it cleans our water in healthy watersheds, and it provides food and shelter for animal species. There are about 3,000 species of plants that make up the vegetation in Idaho. Countless species of microscopic plants also live in Idaho's soils and waterways. The Digital Atlas contains lots of information on the soils and climate on which Idaho's plant species depend. It also contains vegetation maps of the state and a photo archive of many of Idaho's plant species.
1. Why does fire play such an important role for the growth of many types of vegetation?
2. What is secondary succession?
3. Describe the relationship that sometimes takes place between certain fungi and tree roots.