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Missouri: Natural Resources Discuss this eTheme.

Learn about the natural resources in Missouri. Topics include minerals, plants, soil, springs, rivers, and animals. There are links to many separate eThemes on these topics.

Grades

  • 3,
  • 4,
  • 5,
  • 6

Links

Click on a region to learn more about various state parks and historic sites.
This site features 748 different plants that inhabit Missouri. The plants are categorized by blossom color and leaf position on the stem.
Learn about endangered plant and animal species in Missouri. Includes photographs.
Learn about the first naturalists in Missouri. NOTE: The reading level is for older students.
This site has a collection of photographs and a description of Missouri native wildflowers. Click on "Notecards" and follow the instructions for printing cards that have photographs of flowers.
Use this interactive Missouri map to view upcoming events in the chosen county.
View photographs and learn about Missouri's state rock and state mineral.
Here is a lesson plan for teaching about Missouri watersheds.
These sites have information about various types of soil. Learn about the components of soil such as sand, clay, silt, and humus, and read how soil is formed and why it is useful to us. Includes links to eThemes Resources on erosion, recycling, and earthworms.
These sites have information about Missouri agriculture. Learn about the common crops grown in the state such as soybeans and corn. See Webcams of corn and soybean fields.
These sites explain and show the different types of rocks and minerals. Includes hands-on activities and online games about minerals and rocks. eThemes Resources on fossils and erosion are referenced.
These sites are about the different geographical regions and natural resources in Missouri. Learn about the Ozarks, the Ozark border, glaciated plains, Osage plains, and Mississippi lowlands. Includes classroom activities, plus videos from the Missouri Heritage series. There are links to eThemes Resources on Missouri maps, rivers, and regions.
These sites are about the Missouri River and its past and present. See maps and photographs of the river as well as animals found in and around it. Includes information on Lewis and Clark, fur traders, and transportation. Also covers the issues surrounding the river and its endangered status. Some sites regarding the issues are intended for the teachers and may be too difficult for some students.
Learn about some of the more than 2,900 springs located in Missouri. The springs include Alley Spring, Big Spring, Round Spring, Maramec Spring, and more. Find out how a spring is formed from groundwater. Includes many photographs of these natural wonders. There are links to eThemes Resources on the water cycle.
These sites have information about several species of birds found in Missouri. The birds covered include the bluebird, ruby-throated hummingbird, red-headed woodpecker, and the great blue heron. Read about their physical appearance, habitat, behavior, diet, and nesting. Listen to their calls and view many photographs. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on birds.
These sites are about butterflies found in Missouri, including brush-footed butterflies, skippers, swallowtails, and sulphurs. Learn about their life cycle, characteristics, and defense mechanisms. Watch a movie that shows a metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. There are links to eThemes Resources on butterflies and the migration of monarchs.
These sites are about the different species of fish found in Missouri. See what they look like and learn more about their habitats and diets. Includes information about Missouri's official state fish and state aquatic animal. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on Missouri mammals.
These sites are about Missouri mammals, including river otters, raccoons, coyotes, and beavers. Learn about the physical characteristics, food, reproduction, habitat, and behavior of each species. Includes several photographs of these mammals and the tracks they leave. There are diagrams of some of the animals and their bodies. Linked are eThemes Resources on mammals and other Missouri animals such as bobcats, foxes, and the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse.
These sites are about Missouri snakes, including Osage copperheads, timber rattlesnakes, bullsnakes, and prairie kingsnakes. Learn about the physical characteristics, food, reproduction, habitat, and behavior of each species. Includes several photographs of these snakes and some charts highlighting the similarities among species.
This resource covers the different ecosystems on our planet. Find out how these biomes differ, what characteristics make them unique, and where they are located. Includes a map of the different habitats found in Missouri. There are links to eThemes Resources on specific habitats plus one on animal food chains. There is an eMINTS WebQuest linked about animals and their habitats.

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