Rangeland Resources

The IRRC’s primary function is to create engaging educational materials to improve the public’s understanding of the balanced, responsible management of Idaho’s public and private rangelands.

Scientifically-based educational materials are created for a target audience of K-12 teachers and students in traditional and non-traditional settings.

Lessons & Activities

These lessons were written and approved by Idaho teachers. Alignment to standards is currently taking place to help with integration into daily curriculum. Activities are supplemental work for students. Lessons and activities are sorted by topics:

Lessons and Activities are Sorted by Topics:

  • Rangeland Ecology

    Idaho Rangeland Eco-region Go Fish (PDF)
    A Social Studies and Science lesson where students will identify and visually describe and name characteristics of ecoregions in Idaho.

     Short Course on Rangelands (PDF)
    A Science lesson about rangelands- this lesson is referenced specifically as background for the “Rangeland Poetry” lesson. It briefly covers the many aspects of rangelands; such as, multiple use, grazing, rangeland plants, importance of rangeland, and contemporary rangeland issues in Idaho.

     Invasive Species Facts (PDF)
    This is an overview of information about invasive species.

     A Sage Map Lesson Plan & Questions (PDF)
    A Geography lesson where students will compare different types of maps to draw conclusions about precipitation, elevation, and the sagebrush steppe biome.

     What are Rangelands? (PDF)

     What is Range? (PDF)

     What is Rangeland Management? (Power Point)

     What’s a Watershed? (DOC)
    A World Geography lesson where students will learn what watersheds are and then in groups research 2-3 watersheds of their choice and present their watershed to the class.

     Wildland Fire Effects and Management (Power Point)

     Wonderful Watersheds! (PDF)
    A Social Studies/Geography lesson where students will identify the watershed they live in. Then they will use the computers to identify the latitude and the longitude coordinates on the boundaries of their watersheds.

  • Rangeland Plants

     Invasive Species Lesson
    A Science and Language Arts lesson where students will learn about invasive plant species, using the IRRC’s Invasive Plant Fact Sheet and then research another invasive species and present to the class. (192 KB)

    Invasive Plant Fact Sheet
    A 2 page overview of invasive species. It covers what invasive species are, the impacts they have on the environment, how to best manage them, and it goes over the 4 main invasive species found in Idaho. *This can be used as a reference to the “Invasive Plants-Rayholes & Sage-Grouse” lesson. (386 KB)

    Walk with Weeds
    A 2 part Science and Language Arts lesson where in part 1: students will identify the location and characteristics of noxious weeds in Idaho & present their region of weeds to the class. In part 2: students will invent a weed of their own using the information they used in the previous lesson (2326 KB)

    Accordion Noxious Weed Book
    A Language Arts activity where students create an accordion book by doing research on noxious weeds. (139 KB)

    Rangeland Revival Lesson
    A Language Arts lesson where students will learn to identify and control specific weeds, and how recreational activities, wildlife, and land owners/users are affected by the rapid growth of weeds int Idaho. (404 KB)

     Rangeland Revival Pictures PowerPoint
    A PowerPoint that contains pictures for activities in the “Rangeland Revival” lesson. (1821 KB)

    Range Plants: Is it a shrub, forb, or grass? Lesson Plan
    Students are introduced to forbs, grasses, shrubs, and grass-like plants. They will then learn what characteristics plants have that classify them into one of the four categories. (167 KB)

    All About Rangelands PowerPoint
    A powerpoint that defines rangelands. (776 KB)

    A Wide Range of Plants
    A Science lesson where students will create a data table of plant classifications of grasses, forbs, grass-like, or shrubs and present their classification table to the class. (202 KB)

    Rangeland Plant Scavenger Hunt
    A Science lesson where students will learn about plants, how they function, and correctly collect and identify characteristics of rangeland plants by using the “Plant Identification Guide”. (232 KB)

    Field Journaling
    A Science activity where students will practice observation and data collection skills, by observing their surroundings and recording the collected data in their journals. Their journal entries can be sketches or writings. (290 KB)

    Rangeland Plant Classification Activity
    A Science activity where a 5th grade class will learn how to identify plants and teach a 3rd grade class how to identify and categorize plants. *grade levels can be altered. (1556 KB)

    Kinder Plant Collection Activity
    A Science activity where Kindergarten students will learn the different types of rangeland plants- grass, shrubs,grass-like, & forbs. (109 KB)

    Plant Identification Booklet
    Show’s how to identify and categorize range plants by their flowers and leaves into the 4 categories: forbs, grass, shrubs, and grass-like. (940 KB)

    Plant Press Activity
    Science activity where students can exploring nature while on a wilderness hike. Students can collect and categorize plants, and construct a plant press to store their plants in. (118 KB)

    Plant Collection & Press Guide
    A guide to collecting and pressing plants (66 KB)

    Plant Press- Collecting & Pressing Range Plant Instructions (159 KB)

    Idaho Rangeland Facts Game
    A Science review game about rangelands. (131 KB)

    Rangeland Jeopardy
    A Social Studies Activity where students will take their knowledge of rangelands to play Jeopardy. (206 KB)

    Ice Cream Plants
    A Science activity where students will learn about grazing and how wildlife and livestock can co-exist on rangelands. Students will also look at skulls from carnivores and herbivores and discover why they eat what they eat. (288 KB)

    Plantable Seed Paper
    A Science activity that is best as an outdoor activity. Students construct plantable seed paper by making paper mush, adding flower seeds and pressing the mixture into a cookie cutter. The mush will take the cookie cutter shape; it will dry over 24 hours. Students can take home their plantable seed paper, plant and water it, and then wait for the wildflowers to grow. (222 KB)

    Create-a-Plant
    A Science activity where students will use their prior knowledge from the previous activities to design their own plant. (329 KB)

    Short Course on Rangelands
    A Science lesson about rangelands- this lesson is referenced specifically as background for the “Rangeland Poetry” lesson. It briefly covers the many aspects of rangelands; such as, multiple use, grazing, rangeland plants, importance of rangeland, and contemporary rangeland issues in Idaho. (30 KB)

    How to Collect, Press, and Mount Plants (152 KB)

    Life on the Line- Transect Survey
    A Scienceactivity where students will count and record plant data in a certain area. They will learn the different effects of the environment on plants. (322 KB)

    Rangeland Poetry Lesson
    A Language Arts lesson where students will take their knowledge of rangelands from the “Short Course on Rangelands” lesson and create a poem about rangelands, rangeland plants or the animals that live on rangelands. (244 KB)

    Youth Plant ID Guide (1449 KB)

    Children’s Rangeland ABC Booklet
    A Language Arts and Science activity where students will learn about Idaho’s Rangelands and create an ABC book. (220 KB)

    10 Common Grasses and Grass-Like Plants (11739 KB)

    15 Common Forbs and Woody Plants (15200 KB)

    Flashcards of Grass-Likes and Forbs (3042 KB)

    Idaho County Noxious Weeds Listening Comprehension Questions
    Vocabulary and listening comprehension questions that go with the Listening Comprehension lesson plan and “Idaho County Noxious Weeds” video on www.lifeontherange.org. (93 KB)

    The Truth About Sage-Brush
    A Science activity where students will learn about sagebrush and identify true and false facts concerning sagebrush. (176 KB)

    Types and Categories of Plants (2248 KB)

    What is an Invasive Plant? (331 KB)

    Wildflower Paper
    Students will understand that wildflowers(forbs) are what sheep prefer to graze on the rangeland. They will create plantable paper and watch their wildflowers grow. (160 KB)

  • Rangeland Animals

    Rangeland Plants & Animals Activity
    Students will learn about rangelands, and the plants and animals that are found on rangelands. (211 KB)

    Plant Identification Booklet
    Show’s how to identify and categorize range plants by their flowers and leaves into the 4 categories: forbs, grass, shrubs, and grass-like. (940 KB)

    Plant Collection & Press Guide
    A guide to collecting and pressing plants (66 KB)

     Rangeland Animals (wild, feral, or domestic) PowerPoint
    This powerpoint can be used with part 3- (Animals on the Rangeland) in the “Rangeland Plants & Animals” Lesson. It covers wild, domesticated, and feral animals. (1684 KB)

    Endangered Species Facts
    This is an overview about the Endangered Species Act. Covering how it protects, how animals make the list and a variety of ESA Legal Terms. (303 KB)

    Rangeland Animal & Plant Mural Lesson
    A Science lesson where students will research and present about the plants and animals that inhabit Idaho’s rangelands. The class will create a mural to hang in the classroom by drawing or constructing a picture of their plant or animal. (316 KB)

    Rangeland Webquest Lesson
    A Geography lesson where students research and present their facts on a type of rangeland (i.e.savannas, tundra, grassland, etc.) (301 KB)

    Short Course on Rangelands
    A Science lesson about rangelands- this lesson is referenced specifically as background for the “Rangeland Poetry” lesson. It briefly covers the many aspects of rangelands; such as, multiple use, grazing, rangeland plants, importance of rangeland, and contemporary rangeland issues in Idaho. (30 KB)

    Rangeland Poetry Lesson
    A Language Arts lesson where students will take their knowledge of rangelands from the “Short Course on Rangelands” lesson and create a poem about rangelands, rangeland plants or the animals that live on rangelands. (244 KB)

    All About Sheep
    This lesson is a scaffolding lesson on sheep, students will learn about wool, and look at sheep skull (herbivores) compared to a coyote skull (carnivore/predator). (125 KB)

    Amazing Grazing Activity
    A Social Studies, Nutrition, & Environmental Science lesson, where students learn about the efficient use of renewable resources to meet human needs. (656 KB)

    We Adapt
    A Science lesson where students will match a rangeland animal’s adaptation to the animal. They will identify the purpose of different adaptations and match the animals adaptation to human tools and inventions that perform the same purpose. (789 KB)

     Wildlife and Livestock Interactions (1376 KB)

  • Sage Grouse

    Sage-Grouse Fact Sheet
    A 2 page overview of Sage-Grouse. It covers their life cycle, habitat and identification. (364 KB)

    Sage-Grouse Facts Lesson
    A Science lesson,where students will get an overview of sage-grouse and their life cycle. They will then take this background information to create the perfect habitat for each stage of the sage-grouse’s life cycle. (577 KB)

     Sage-Grouse PowerPoint
    A powerpoint presentation of Sage-Grouse, that covers their life cycle, habitat and identification. (2537 KB)

    Sage-Grouse Scavenger Hunt for a Field Trip
    A Science activity that students can complete while on a field trip. Students will take pictures or videos of items from their scavenger hunt guide. (221 KB)

    Sage-Grouse Umbrella
    A Science lesson where students will learn about “umbrella” species through a webquest activity and then, create their own brochure about a potential umbrella species.
    *See Sage-Grouse brochure for an example of the activity.
    (758 KB)

    Sage-Grouse Brochure
    Activity example for “Umbrella Species” lesson. Students will create a similar brochure to this, but on a different animal. (394 KB)

    Sage-Grouse Glossary
    A glossary of vocabulary terms related to sage-grouse. This can be used as a reference to all sage-grouse lessons. (92 KB)

    Sage Grouse Secondary Vocabulary Activity
    A Science activity for grades 6-12 that uses a video clip off of the “Life on the Range” website about sage-grouse. Students will respond to video questions and complete a vocabulary crossword puzzle. (366 KB)

    Sage-Grouse Elementary Vocabulary
    A Language Arts & Science activity that uses a video clip off of the “Life on the Range” website,about sage-grouse. Students will take vocabulary tests, notes on a KWL worksheet and play vocabulary games on the computer. (291 KB)

  • Idaho's Rangeland History

    Idaho’s Roots- Student Handbook
    Student Handbook for lesson 1 & 2 that contains historical facts about Idaho. (1017 KB)

    Lesson 1 Introducing Rangelands
    A Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts lesson where students will demonstrate the ability to discern between rangeland and other land types- through pretest, readings, and vocabulary. (163 KB)

    Lesson 2 Introducing Rangelands
    A History and Language Arts lesson where students will learn about rangeland historical events and be able to place them in correct timeline order. They will also learn how to create their own timeline, modeling events in their lives. (286 KB)

    Lesson 3 Idaho’s Rangeland Timeline
    A History and Language Arts lesson where students will learn about rangeland historical events and be able to place them in correct timeline order. They will also learn how to create their own timeline, modeling events in their lives. (252 KB)

    Lesson 4 Vegetation Regions
    A Science lesson, where students will learn the 5 vegetation regions in Idaho. They will learn to use and understand a map’s legend and they will learn about the different environmental impacts to an ecosystem. (203 KB)

    Lesson 5 Rangeland Math
    A Mathematics lesson where students will answer math questions with a rangeland theme. (290 KB)

    Lesson 6 Range Science and Energy
    2 Science lessons. The “Range Science” lesson is about students identifying rangeland plants as renewable resources. The “Energy” lesson teaches students how to differentiate between a producer, a primary consumer and a secondary consumer. (227 KB)

    Lesson 7 Home on the Range
    A Science and Language Arts activity where students will demonstrate an understanding of the predicament of the homesteaders as they faced the challenge of improving a small plot of land. They will keep a daily journal of the events on their plot of land. (439 KB)

    Lesson 8 Idaho Range Story Writing
    A Language Arts lesson where students will look at a range history picture and write a story that corresponds with the image. (1194 KB)

  • Fire

    Idaho Ablaze_Trinity, Elk, Pony Fire Activity
    A Science lesson where students will learn about wildfires and understand the fire triangle, the role of fire in nature, and the difference between natural and human caused fires. (343 KB)

    Fire Facts
    This is an overview of elements and facts about fire. (216 KB)

    Fanning the Flames Demonstration
    A Science demonstration to follow the “Fire, Fire, What’s it All About?” lesson. It demonstrates how different air pressure generated by the cooling and heating up of air causes fire to generate its own wind. (93 KB)

    Fire box demonstration (5341 KB)

    Fires Favorites Demonstration
    A Science activity where students will learn which fuels burn best. (181 KB)

    Idaho Ablaze_Trinity, Elk, Pony Fire PPT
    Power Point that goes with Idaho Ablaze Fire Activity (537 KB)

    Matchstick Forest Demonstration
    A Science lesson where students will build a model forest and compare the effects of slope, tree arrangements, and under story growth on fire behavior. (389 KB)

    Wildland Fire Effects and Management (1988 KB)

  • Social Studies

    Rangeland Jeopardy
    A Social Studies Activity where students will take their knowledge of rangelands to play Jeopardy. (206 KB)

    A Sage Map Lesson Plan & Questions
    A Geography lesson where students will compare different types of maps to draw conclusions about precipitation, elevation, and the sagebrush steppe biome. (405 KB)

    Can You Have it All?
    A Social Studies lesson with a Math- number order/graphing activity. Students will learn about the different types of land uses. (397 KB)

    Can You Have It All? (13 KB)

    Daydreamer’s Ranch (371 KB)

    Demand on the Land (203 KB)

    Lesson 3 Idaho’s Rangeland Timeline
    A History and Language Arts lesson where students will learn about rangeland historical events and be able to place them in correct timeline order. They will also learn how to create their own timeline, modeling events in their lives. (252 KB)

    Ranchers and Recreationist
    A Social Studies activity where students will learn how ranchers and recreationists work together on public lands. (171 KB)

    Rangeland Timeline Activity
    A Social Studies activity where students will arrange historical event cards on a timeline. (327 KB)

    Recreation Impacts and Opportunities (448 KB)

    What’s Your Sign?
    A Social Studies activity where students will learn the importance of signs posted on the range, by watching a video about ranchers and guard dogs. (386 KB)

  • Life On The Range (lessons that go with our video collection)

    Invasive Species Lesson
    A Science and Language Arts lesson where students will learn about invasive plant species, using the IRRC’s Invasive Plant Fact Sheet and then research another invasive species and present to the class. (192 KB)

    Invasive Plant Fact Sheet
    A 2 page overview of invasive species. It covers what invasive species are, the impacts they have on the environment, how to best manage them, and it goes over the 4 main invasive species found in Idaho. *This can be used as a reference to the “Invasive Plants-Rayholes & Sage-Grouse” lesson. (386 KB)

    Invasive Plants-Ray Holes & Sage-Grouse
    A Science lesson where students will watch video clips from the “Life on the Range” website about invasive plants and then go on a webquest to research invasive plants and present their findings to the class. (246 KB)

    Ray Holes Listening Comprehension Lesson
    A Language Arts lesson that uses, video’s from “Life on the Range” . (130 KB)

    Idaho Ablaze_Trinity, Elk, Pony Fire Activity
    A Science lesson where students will learn about wildfires and understand the fire triangle, the role of fire in nature, and the difference between natural and human caused fires. (343 KB)

    Huge Fires Impact Ranchers Listening Comprehension Questions
    Vocabulary and listening comprehension questions that go with the Listening Comprehension lesson plan and “Huge FIres Impact Ranchers” video on www.lifeontherange.org. (92 KB)

    Bar H Bar Listening Comprehension Questions
    Video questions to go with the “Life on the Range Listening Comprehension” lesson plan. (80 KB)

    Bud Purdy History of a Life Time Activity
    Students will learn about Bud Purdy a prominent Idaho citizen and compare his life with historical events that were occurring at the same time throughout the US. Students will be able to place all of the events on a timeline. (163 KB)

    Bud Purdy Listening Comprehension Questions
    Video questions to go with the “Life on the Range Listening Comprehension” lesson plan. (72 KB)

    Butch Klaveano Listening Comprehension Questions
    This article was published in the Idaho Farm Bureau magazine highlighting the story on lifeontherange.org. (3076 KB)

    Care/Share Listening Comprehension Questions
    Video questions to go with the “Life on the Range Listening Comprehension” lesson plan. (80 KB)

    Eastern Idaho Grazing & Bar H Bar Fact and Opinion Activity
    A Language Arts lesson where students will practice critical thinking skills by choosing whether statements are fact or opinion. (379 KB)

    Eastern Idaho Grazing Association Listening Comprehension Questions (93 KB)

    Grazing Permits Listening Comprehension Questions
    Video questions to go with the “Life on the Range Listening Comprehension” lesson plan. (111 KB)

    Henry Etcheverry Listening Comprehension Questions (30 KB)

    Idaho Ablaze_Trinity, Elk, Pony Fire PPT
    Power Point that goes with Idaho Ablaze Fire Activity (537 KB)

    Idaho County Noxious Weeds Listening Comprehension Questions
    Vocabulary and listening comprehension questions that go with the Listening Comprehension lesson plan and “Idaho County Noxious Weeds” video on www.lifeontherange.org. (93 KB)

    Investing in Hells Canyon Listening Comprehension Questions
    Vocabulary and listening comprehension questions that go with the Listening Comprehension Lesson Plan and “Investing in Hells Canyon” video on www.lifeontherange.org. (93 KB) (58 KB)

    JBlack Erosion Experiment
    A Science experiment following the “J.Black Vocabulary” lesson. In this experiment students will see the effect of erosion by water under different environmental conditions. (570 KB)

      JBlack Vocabulary Activity
    This is a Language Arts and Science lesson that uses a video clip off of the “Life on the Range” website, about erosion. Students will take vocabulary tests, take notes on a KWL worksheet, and play vocabulary games on the computer. (63 KB)

    Juniper Control Listening Comprehension Questions (77 KB)

    Lava Lake Lamb Listening Comprehension Questions
    Video questions to go with the “Life on the Range Listening Comprehension” lesson plan. (169 KB)

    Mount Borah Ranch Listening Comprehension Questions (119 KB)

    Mountain Home RFPA Listening Comprehension Questions (73 KB)

    Multiple Use In the Boise Foothills Listening Comprehension Questions
    Video questions to go with the “Life on the Range Listening Comprehension” lesson plan. (80 KB)

    Noh Sheep & Lamb-Wooly Economics Activity
    An Economics activity where students will answer questions and watch a video clip from the “Life on the Range” website about a sheep operation. (55 KB)

    Noh Sheep Company Listening Comprehension Questions
    Video questions to go with the “Life on the Range Listening Comprehension” lesson plan. (83 KB)

    Pahsimeroi Valley Listening Comprehension Questions
    Video questions to go with the “Life on the Range Listening Comprehension” lesson plan. (82 KB)

    Ranching in Bonners Ferry Listening Comprehension Questions (121 KB)

    Range Monitoirng Listening Comprehension Questions
    Vocabulary and listening comprehension questions that go with the Listening Comprehension lesson plan and “Range Monitoring” video on www.lifeontherange.org (41 KB)

    Ray Holes Listening Comprehension Questions
    Video questions to go with the “Life on the Range Listening Comprehension” lesson plan. (67 KB)

    Sage Grouse Secondary Vocabulary Activity
    A Science activity for grades 6-12 that uses a video clip off of the “Life on the Range” website about sage-grouse. Students will respond to video questions and complete a vocabulary crossword puzzle. (366 KB)

    Sage-Grouse Elementary Vocabulary
    A Language Arts & Science activity that uses a video clip off of the “Life on the Range” website,about sage-grouse. Students will take vocabulary tests, notes on a KWL worksheet and play vocabulary games on the computer. (291 KB)

    Sage-Grouse Listening Comprehension Questions (100 KB)

    SS Cattle Company Listening Comprehension Questions
    Video questions to go with the “Life on the Range Listening Comprehension” lesson plan. (78 KB)

    SS Cattle Company Vocabulary Activity
    An activity that uses a video clip off of the “Life on the Range” website. Students will take vocabulary tests, notes on a KWL worksheet, and play vocabulary games on the computer. (340 KB)

    Upper Salmon River Watershed Listening Comprehension Questions
    Video questions to go with the “Life on the Range Listening Comprehension” lesson plan. (72 KB)

    Upper Salmon Vocabulary Activity
    An activity that uses a video clip off of the “Life on the Range” website, about salmon & watersheds. Students will take vocabulary tests, notes on a KWL worksheet, and play vocabulary games on the computer. (346 KB)