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These lessons are designed for grades one through six in a desert landscape, but many could be adapted to other grades and other ecosystems. Click here for tips on successfully managing an outdoor classroom.

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  • up-close investigation of rocks

    Students explore a few rocks and minerals of the area. They investigate how sandstone was formed and experiment with erosion to demonstrate how local landforms are the result of sand and rock being removed. Students explore biological soil crust, and search for clues to discover how we use rocks compared to the people who lived here in ancient times.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Second Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science
    Keywords:
    sedimentary rocks, stone tools, erosion, minerals, Biological Soil Crust, deposition
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