Matthew 6:30- "But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothes you, O you of little faith?"
I love how God has designed grass. Grass grows from the base of their leaves which allows the grass to continue to grow even after grazing animals have eaten all the tips. Grass feeds many different animals and it was very intentional that the different animals that eat grass eat different parts of the grass. Some animals eat the grass seeds, others eat the grass one leaf at a time like the grasshopper, while others eat the tips. It is interesting that the scripture depicts something that is a very common occurrence, grass fires. If the Lord provides for the grass in the fire by not allowing the fires to destroy them, He redeems and it is purposeful in allowing it to burn away the old parts of the grass so that new grass can grow. This is part of God's Redemptive Story in that where there is death, there is life. Jesus dying on the cross for our sins gave us new life in Christ, from death comes life.
different kinds of grasslands
In the student's guidebook on page 34, there is a map of the world with the grasslands grayed out for the students to color. On this particular map, the names of the different grasslands are also written on it for the students. So we will review the different continents as we learn about the different names of the grasslands around the world.
The Grasslands by Cathryn Sill is a beautiful book that gives credit to the Creator for His creation! This is placed in the acknowledgements.
The illustrations are wonderful along with the simple text that informs the reader of the different types of flora and fauna found in the grasslands. At the end of the book, there is an appendix that shares more in depth information about each topic.
To go along with this book, we made a listening guide for the students to follow along with.
Grasslands biome sheet
For every biome, there will be a sheet where the students can pick some flora and fauna to glue onto their biome sheet along with a food chain, a thermometer and a rain gauge. This offers a great review to what we have learned about grasslands.
This is an example of what the Biome sheets could look like. These are ideally to remain in their student guidebooks so that everything stays together. I went ahead and placed the thermometer and rain gauge on the back to keep the page even but the students do not have to do it this way.