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    Life in the Extreme

    Life in the Extreme

    Students take measurements in the field, analyze their data, and develop hypotheses about how different micro-environments affect the distribution of plants and animals in the park. Students are also asked to communicate their understanding and attitudes about the park using graphics and language arts skills. (FIELD TRIP & CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES)

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    *Winter Track Mystery: SnowSchool Post-visit Activity*

    *Winter Track Mystery: SnowSchool Post-visit Activity*

    Reinforce the lessons your students learned during SnowSchool at Craters of the Moon with the Winter Track Mystery. This activity calls upon information learned in both the classroom and field sessions of their visit to the monument.(CLASSROOM ACTIVITY)

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    *Prepare For Cold Air*

    *Prepare For Cold Air*

    Prepare for a SnowSchool visit to Craters of the Moon by introducing the concept of insulation, a critical animal adaption for winter survival. Students will observe the difference in heat loss between a well-insulated object and a poorly-insulated object, as well as how to prepare themselves for a winter snowshoe hike. “Prepare for Cold Air” is a pre-visit classroom activity consisting of this teacher’s guide and a student worksheet. (CLASSROOM ACTIVITY)

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    Walking on the Moon

    Walking on the Moon

    These activities include simple timing and math which will allow students to compare their walking velocity at school to their pace at Craters of the Moon and on the lunar surface. (CLASSROOM & FIELD TRIP ACTIVITIES)

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    Journaling

    Journaling

    Students enhance their learning experience at Craters by using a Student Journal while on their field trip. (FIELD TRIP ACTIVITY)

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    Adapting to an Extreme Environment

    Adapting to an Extreme Environment

    Students match Craters plant adaptations to different habitat types and use their imaginations to create a species well adapted to a habitat of their design. (CLASSROOM ACTIVITY)

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    Craters Ecosystem

    Craters Ecosystem

    Students learn about living and nonliving parts of ecosystems through one worksheet and two activities. (CLASSROOM ACTIVITY)

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    Life Time Line

    Life Time Line

    Students complete a time line showing the appearance and extinction of major types of fauna. Students also make forecasts into the future using time lines. (CLASSROOM ACTIVITY)

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    The "Write" Stuff

    The

    After the field trip to Craters, students use their field notebooks and knowledge they have gained through pre-trip activities to write two papers. (CLASSROOM ACTIVITY)

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    Food For Thought

    Food For Thought

    Students increase their awareness of food by studying their own diet and preparing and eating a Native American dish. (CLASSROOM ACTIVITY)

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kipuka

Searing lava flows that initially destroyed everything in their path today protect the last refuges of intact sagebrush steppe communities on the Snake River Plain. These islands of vegetation, known as kipukas, provide important examples of what is "natural". More...