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Wildlife Along the Mississippi River


Subject: Language Arts,
Visual Arts,
Grade: K-2, 3-5

Brief Description
Students create a class book about the wildlife that lives in and near the Mississippi River.


Students learn about the wildlife that lives in and near the Mississippi River.


Mississippi River, wildlife, river

Materials Needed

printouts of online resources about Mississippi River wildlife or other resources, writing paper, pencils, drawing paper, crayons or markers

Lesson Plan

Provide students with information about the kinds of wildlife that live in and near the Mississippi River (for example, Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge). Ask each student or group of students to choose one example of Mississippi River wildlife to research. Then have students write and illustrate a brief report about the animal, including its food, habitat, enemies, and so on. Combine the pages into a Mississippi River Wildlife book.


Evaluate students based on the information in their reports.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Linda Starr

National Standards

Language Arts:


Visual Arts:





Originally published 08/28/2000
Links last updated 10/29/2014