Curriculum Materials old
Below are links to field trip and activity guides. Next to each item we have indicated how the activities correlate with Idaho State Curriculum standards.
A SnowSchool Pre-visit Activity
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.
Idaho Content Standards for:
Nature of Science: making observations and recording data (grades 3-7)
Biology: animal adaptation and habitat (grades 3, 4, & 7)
Math and Statistics: graphing and data analysis (grades 3-7)
The Teacher's Guide to Craters of the Moon is geared mainly for 5th and 6th graders, though some activities can be adapted to other grade levels. The activities provide depth in a variety of subjects, and most can be completed in the classroom without a visit to the monument or as pre- or post-visit activities (recommendations below). Activities vary in emphasis and meet standards in the Nature of Science, Biology, Social and Personal Perspectives fields:
Nature of Science, Biology
Social and Personal Perspectives
Cave Related Activities
Teacher's Guide to the Caves Trail and Indian Tunnel
Broken Top Loop Guide is an on-site field trip guide that provides a number of ways to meet Idaho curriculum standards. Teachers can focus on the geologic features to meet standards for Earth and Space Systems, or emphasize the plant life and diverse habitats to to satisfy Biology standards. For every grade level use inquiry and encourage students to make observations and inferences to cover Nature of Science standards:
Earth and Space Systems, Biology, & Nature of Science
Visiting the Moon is an on-line activity that provides pre- or post-visit exercises in observation, inference, and critical thinking meeting standards in the Nature of Science field:
Nature of Science
Did You Know?
Vast quantities of water stored by the lava rock aquifer below the Eastern Snake River Plain provides for critical human needs throughout southern Idaho...including those famous potatoes!