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  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    Prepare for Cold Air!

    Students snowshoe with a ranger at Craters of the Moon

    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. Students will conduct experiments and observe the differences in insulation values for a variety of materials. Students will discover factors that influence winter survival for animals and learn how to dress for an outdoor snowshoe hike at Craters of the Moon.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    Deep Time and You

    3 billion year old granulite (white rock) at Echo Crater

    This lesson will help students attempt to grasp the immensity of geologic time and students will begin to recognize the changing nature of Earth through the creation of timelines showing significant events in Earth's history and their own lives. By the end of the lesson students will be able to construct a timeline and they will begin to comprehend the magnitude of geologic time.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    Life in the Extreme

    students entering cave

    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)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Climate, Climate Change, Earth Science, Environment, Geology, Hydrology, Landscapes, Mathematics, Physical Education, Physical Science, Science and Technology, Visual Arts, Volcanoes, Wildlife Biology, Writing
  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    Prepare For Cold Air: SnowSchool Pre-visit Activity

    snowshoers follow the Ranger

    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)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Seventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Climate, Wildlife Biology
  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    Life Time Line

    grizzly bear on rock

    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)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Paleontology
  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    Adapting to an Extreme Environment

    cinder field with wildflowers

    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)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology
  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    Journaling

    Students climbing a volcano

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

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Subjects:
    Ecology, History, Writing
  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    Food For Thought

    map of Shoshone migration route

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

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, History
  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    The "Write" Stuff

    small volcanoes

    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)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    History, Writing
  • geyser

    Students learn about the Mantle Plume Theory, plate tectonics, and Idaho geography by experimenting with a map of Idaho. (CLASSROOM ACTIVITY)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geography, Geology
    Keywords:
    plate tectonics, Yellowstone, maps, Great Rift, Idaho geography
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