For use by the students during their field trip to Craters.
The Student Journal is intended to focus the students' learning while they explore Craters of the Moon. It will help to reinforce the knowledge they have already gained through their classroom study of Craters geology, cultural history, and ecology. Upon returning to the school, the teacher can instruct the students to refer to their Journal notes for further Craters exploration. The Student Journal is for the students to keep and may be the only tangible thing they have from their visit to the Monument.
Print out a copy of each page (see printing instructions) and make back to back copies of the Student Journal on 8.5" X 11" paper, fold them in half, and staple together. Use different colored paper to make the Journals more appealing to children.
Printing Instructions: Before printing, change Page Setup... to print the page in Landscape mode. Due to the variability of computers, page sizes may vary. For Macintosh computers, it is recommended in Page Setup... to change the Scale to 85% for best fit printing. When complete, you should have two printed pages.
Go over the Journal with the students page by page before leaving on your field trip so the students will be prepared for the small amount of "book work they must do once they are at Craters. You may wish to explain a grading policy to the students and/or tell them that their success on future assignments hinges on their thoughtful responses in their Journal.
Craters Travel Times. The students must get the odometer reading from their bus driver at the beginning of the trip and when they arrive at Craters to calculate the total days of travel the trip would take if they had to walk, ride horseback, or ride in a wagon.
Craters Bingo. Encourage the kids to respond to each of the squares and get a "bingo blackout."
Following are the answers to Craters Bingo.
Field Observations. Following are three suggested ideas.
Have students generate a list of differences between these two cones, for example:
Then have them hypothesize why these two cones are different. If necessary, tell them that one cone is 2,500 years old (North Crater) while the other is 7,400 years old (Grassy Cone). Which is which and how do they know? You could instruct students to record their observations now and discuss it once you return to class.
The shape of Grassy Cone and the vegetation on its slopes indicate it has weathered longer and has had more time for soil to develop and plants to colonize its slopes.
You might also have the students hypothesize why trees grow on just one side of Grassy Cone. The forest grows only on the north side of Grassy Cone because we live in the northern hemisphere and the sun is always to the south of us. The cone casts a shadow northward, reducing evaporation on the north slope, thereby making life possible for water-loving trees.
Beneath each column they would record the number of plants that are growing in the two categories.
Discussion and analysis could be saved for the classroom. What were their findings? Did crevices and cracks support more plant live? If so, how much more? Why would plants thrive better in crevices and cracks? (water and soil is retained there better than on bare rock because there is more shade and less wind).
Instruct the students to keep a record of what they did and where they went. What geological observations did they make? What did they overhear other tourists saying about Craters? What birds and plants did they see? These specific notes could be used to write an article on their trip to Craters.
Ask students to circle those features and trails they visited to help them gain map reading skills. You could challenge the students to know where they are at all times.
Students draw a simple illustration of a Craters ecosystem and label it with its living and non-living parts. This activity will reinforce what they have already learned in your classroom using the Craters' curriculum. For example:
Encourage the kids to check off plants and animals they see at Craters. They can ask a ranger if they have questions on identification.
The Notes page can be used for whatever purpose you want. For example, students could write haikus while sitting by themselves in Indian Tunnel (haikus are three lined, unrhymed Japanese poems consisting of 5, 7, and 5 syllables).
Alone with the birds
Their wings fill the air with joy
The same breeze cools us
Did You Know?
"a weird and scenic landscape peculiar to itself" is how President Calvin Coolidge described Craters of the Moon when he established this National Monument in 1924. Craters of the Moon is perhaps the only officially "weird" park in the National Park System. More...