Geography KS3 / GCSE: The wildlife and ecosystem of temperate savannas

A trip along Route 66 to investigate temperate grasslands and it’s plants and animals.

The tropical grasslands are described and located around the world before briefly describing the climate.

Wildelife presenter Ferne Corrigan looks at the adaptations the bumblebees have made to survive in the region.

She also explains how the clever burrowing owls have adapted to live alongside prairie dogs, as well as how the coyote’s adaptations enable them to survive in the grasslands.

Adaptations of grasses and milkweed are explained, before looking at the impacts of American’s ploughing big bluestem grass in the 1930's, and finally how people use the land today in this biome.

This clip is from the series Ecosystems and Biomes.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 3

This could be used to introduce students to the ecosystem of the temperate grasslands, and how plants and animals have adapted to the conditions.

Students could create fact-files on how plants, animals and people, living in temperate grasslands, have adapted to thrive in this biome.

Students could take a more in-depth look at the dust storms of the 1930's and the damage that can be done when changing an ecosystem.

Key Stage 4

This could be used to refresh students knowledge of the temperate grasslands ecosystem, and how plants and animals have adapted to the conditions.

Students could create fact-files on how plants, animals and people, living in temperate grasslands, have adapted to thrive in this biome.

Students could take a more in-depth look at the dust storms of the 1930's and the damage that can be done when changing an ecosystem.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography at KS3 and GCSE.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.