Lesson Plan - Get It!
What is the difference between temperate grasslands and tropical grasslands? Can't be "grass," can it?
In the previous Related Lessons, found in the right-hand sidebar, you learned about the locations of grasslands, the types of grasslands, and the plants and animals that are found in grasslands.
During this part of the lesson, you will review what you have learned so far.
You know that grasslands are found on every continent except Antarctica. Why do you think you can't find grasslands in Antarctica? Tell a parent or teacher. Did you say grasslands don't exist in Antarctica because of the extremely cold temperatures and icy landscapes? Great!
There are two types of grasslands: temperate grasslands and tropical grasslands (savannas).
Let's review the two types.
Temperate grasslands have hot summers and cold winters. They get 20-35 inches of rain per year, much less then tropical grasslands. Grass prairies are areas of temperate grasslands that get the most rain and have the tallest grasses. Short grass steppes get the least amount of rain and have short grasses.
Tropical grasslands are also called savannas. Tropical grasslands stay warm all year round. During the winter season, the savanna gets very dry. The summer season is much longer than the winter season and brings lots of rain. Tropical grasslands get 20-60 inches of rain every year!
Grasslands are home to hundreds of different types of grasses and wildflowers. Trees are rare in grasslands for three reasons:
- The dry season doesn't allow the trees to get enough water.
- Grazing animals eat the saplings so they are never able to grow into trees.
- Wildfires burn them before they can grow.
Temperate and tropical grasslands are home to similar and different animals. Both grasslands have large grazing animals that feed on the grass there. Both types of grasslands are home to small animals that live in the grasses or burrows under the grass.
Animals that live in the grassland have certain characteristics that allow them to survive. These characteristics are listed below:
- Earth-toned fur that allows them to camouflage with the plants of the grassland
- The animals in the grasslands are nocturnal, so the dark nights make them less visible to predators.
- Many animals migrate during the dry season to find water.
Great job! You have reviewed everything you have learned about grasslands so far. Move on to the next section to start the final project!