1st Grade - Science

LESSON PROBLEM: What is a Mallard? Where do ducks like to live? What do ducks need to live?


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Quack! Quack! Can you guess what I am? I'm a duck. You're right. I'm a special kind of duck called a Mallard. I'm a bird that lives on and near the water.



What do I need to live? I need water, of course, to swim around. I also need food. I like to eat seeds, grains like rice, insects, snails and even fish!








I also need a place to build a nest. A nest is a duck's place to lay eggs that are hatched into baby ducks. I like to build my nest in grass or reeds near the water.







Where can I find all the things I need to live? Usually I can find them in the wetlands. Wetlands can be found next to deep waters, like a lake or an ocean.







Humans have turned many wetlands into cities and farm land. So when I can't find any wetlands, I like to live near flooded rice fields.







After the rice is harvested, the field is flooded. Lots of rice is left behind to eat! I can also eat the snails and insects left in rice field. Next to wetlands, I like rice fields best.







Quack! Quack!






ACTIVITIES

Tell how you would save a wetland. Draw a picture to show how the wetland would look.




EXTENDED LEARNING

How many eggs do you think a duck usually has in its nest? What is the most familiar duck?


VOCABULARY

  • cover
  • reeds
  • flooded
  • fields
  • nest


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American Rice:
More than 90% of the rice eaten in the United States is grown by U.S. farmers.
Click here to learn more about where Rice is grown in the United States.
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