Fire and Ice - Maine Learning Results

Acadia National Park Education District
Fire and Ice Program
Grades 6 - 8


  • To increase the students’ knowledge and appreciation of Acadia’s geology
  • To create a sense of stewardship towards the park’s geologic resources.

Students will be able to:

  • Define four geologic terms e.g. geology, mineral, erosion, etc.
  • Name the three types of rocks and explain how each is formed.
  • Identify one local example of each rock type.
  • Explain the rock cycle.
  • Describe the formation of the shatter zone.
  • Define plate tectonics and its role in forming our present scenery.
  • Identify and explain three geologic processes.
  • Describe glaciation and two glacial features.
  • Tell how soils are formed and why soils differ.
  • Give one reason why geologic resources are protected by Acadia National Park.
  • Name two things a person can do to protect Acadia’s geologic resources.


Science and Technology
B. Ecology

Students will understand how living things depend on one another and on non-living aspects of the environment.

Students will be able to:

  • Describe succession and other ways that ecosystems can change over time (B-3).
  • Describe various mechanisms found in the natural world for transporting living and non-living matter and the results of such movements (B-5).

F. The Earth
Students will gain knowledge about the earth and the processes that change it.

Students will be able to:

  • Describe how soils are formed and why soils differ from one place to another (F-2).
  • Explain the evidence scientists use when they give the age of the earth (F-3).
  • Describe factors that can cause short-term and long-term changes to the earth (F-4).
  • Classify and identify rocks and minerals based on their physical and chemical properties, their composition, and the processes which formed them (F-5).
  • Describe the impact of plate movement and erosion on the rock cycle (F-3)*.
  • Describe ways that scientists measure long periods of time and determine the age of very old objects (F-4)*.
  • Demonstrate how rocks and minerals are used to determine geologic history (F-5)*.

* Indicates learning results for secondary grades

Alignment with additional Learning Results may occur during programming.


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