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    Arches

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2nd Grade

2nd Grader studying rocks
2nd grader studying rocks
NPS Photo by Neal Herbert
 

Rocks (download PDF)
Students explore a few rocks and minerals of the area. They investigate how sandstone was formed and experiment with both wind and water to determine which is the most effective erosional process. Students explore cryptobiotic soil, and search for clues to discover how we use rocks differently than the people who lived here in ancient times.

Preparing for Winter (download PDF)
This in-class presentation uses story and visualization to explore how different types of animals survive the winter.

Changes in Plants and Animals (download PDF)
Students explore plant changes by performing a play depicting the life cycle of a wildflower through the seasons. They explore life cycles of frogs and toads, along the way discovering the difference between them. Students learn about insect metamorphosis, focusing on moths and butterflies, and discover the surprising world of insect galls.

Download entire 2nd Grade Curriculum
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Did You Know?

Close up of biological soil crust

The dirt is alive! A living crust called "Biological Soil Crust" covers much of Arches and the surrounding area. Composed of algae, lichens and bacteria, this crust provides a secure foundation for desert plants. Please stay on roads and trails to avoid trampling this important resource. More...