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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
  • Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    Keywords:
    National Parks, legacy, cultural resources, natural resources, heritage, climate change, careers, Wildland-Urban Interface
  • 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

    From Core to Crust

    side view of mantle and crust

    Students act out different parts of the Earth and then build models of the Earth showing its layers. (CLASSROOM ACTIVITY)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology
    Keywords:
    stratigraphy, earth science, geology
  • crack revealing molten lava

    Students learn about the properties of lava by experimenting with liquids having varying gas contents and viscosities. (CLASSROOM ACTIVITY)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Seventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Physical Science
  • 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

    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
  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    Stuff, Then and Now

    woman next to rock rings

    Students contrast today's resource consumption with that of Native Americans and settlers. (CLASSROOM ACTIVITY)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Archaeology, History
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