Curriculum Materials

Devils Postpile National Monument is now offering climate science resources for educators, which include two full curriculum units based on national standards. We encourage you to pick up the entire unit or utilize specific activities that meet your needs. Click on the following links to see each unit, complete with procedures, worksheets, vocabulary, assessments and more.

Exploring Climate Science, A Snow Study, 5th Grade unit

Climate Science in Focus, A Streamflow River Study, 9th Grade unit

Contact us if you would like a hard copy and a DVD of the unit mailed to you.

Don't forget to take a look at our Traveling Trunks and Distance Learning pages for additional resources.

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    Exploring Climate Science: Watersheds

    Rainbow Falls drops into the San Joaquin River

    In “Exploring Climate Science (Watersheds),” students will explore the local watershed to learn how communities, the region, and state are connected by water.  The students will be able to:
    1. State the watershed(s) in the area and explain why it is important.
    2. Show how the watershed connects their town to others in the area/region

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
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    Exploring Climate Science: Weather and Climate

    Storm clouds gather at Devils Postpile National Monument

    In “Exploring Climate Science (Weather and Climate),” students will use tools to collect weather data and discuss the differences between weather and climate. Students will be able to:
    Compare and contrast weather and climate, providing at least three differences between the two.
    Use an anemometer and thermometer to collect local weather data

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
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    Exploring Climate Science: Research Projects

    Glacial polish on the top Devils Postpile

    In “Exploring Climate Science (Research Projects),” students showcase what they learned throughout the unit by completing a final project based on climate change.
    Students will be able to create a hypothetical research proposal that examines the potential impacts of climate change on the local community.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
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    Climate Science in Focus: Earth as a System

    The San Joaquin River winds through Soda Springs Meadow in Devils Postpile

    Students will learn about the four Earth systems and how they are connected. Students will be able to:
    1. Explain the Earth as a system of interconnected parts
    2. Properly define and use Earth science vocabulary

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    High School: Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
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    Exploring Climate Science: Climate Change

    Air quality monitoring equipment at Devils Postpile National Monument

    In “Exploring Climate Science (Climate Change),” students will explore causes of climate change and discuss impacts on the environment. Students will be able to:
    List three causes of climate change
    Describe at least two impacts to the environment caused by climate change

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
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    Climate Science in Focus: Data and Tools

    Spring run off cascades through rocks

    Students will use scientific data on streamflow from the Sierra Nevada to analyze snowpack and draw conclusions about the changing climate. Students will be able to predict changes that will occur to the Sierra Nevada snowpack if the climate change continues, and predict the changes that will result on the biosphere due to climate change.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    High School: Ninth Grade through Twelfth 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
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    Climate Science in Focus (Weather versus Climate)

    Climate Science in Focus (Weather versus Climate)

    In “Climate Science in Focus (Weather versus Climate),” students will explore the differences between weather and climate and how changes in the environment can impact the local climate. Broken into eight days, these lessons require 58 minutes to complete. Designed around 9th grade Next Generation Science Standards, it is a unit easily adapted down for middle school or up for advanced high school classes. Teach the entire unit or pull out particular activities. This is lesson 2 of the unit.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Climate, Climate Change, Earth Science, Science and Technology
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    Climate Science in Focus (Project Preparation)

    Climate Science in Focus (Project Preparation)

    In “Climate Science in Focus (Project Preparation),” students will create a final project that demonstrates comprehension of the unit. Broken into eight days, these lessons require 58 minutes to complete. Designed around 9th grade Next Generation Science Standards, it is a unit easily adapted down for middle school or up for advanced high school classes. Teach the entire unit or pull out particular activities. This is lesson 7 of the unit.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Climate, Climate Change, Earth Science, Science and Technology
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    Exploring Climate Science (Snowpack)

    Exploring Climate Science (Snowpack)

    In “Exploring Climate Science (Snowpack),” students will define snow water equivalent and make predictions on the effects warming climates could have on snowpack. Our extensive “Exploring Climate Science” curricula unit is broken into eight lessons, each taking 40 minutes to complete. Designed around the 5th grade Next Generation Science Standards, it is a unit easily adapted up for middle or high school use. Teach the entire unit or pull out particular activities. This is lesson 3 of the unit.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Climate, Climate Change, Earth Science, Science and Technology
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