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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    Climate Science in Focus (Weather versus Climate)

    Rapids in snow.

    Students will be able to:
    1. Compare and contrast weather and climate.
    2. Predict the effects of climate change on life.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    High School: Ninth Grade through Twelfth 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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    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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    Exploring Climate Science (Research Projects)

    Exploring Climate Science (Research Projects)

    In “Exploring Climate Science (Research Projects),” students showcase what they learned throughout the unit by completing a final project based on climate change. 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 8 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 (Evaluations)

    Climate Science in Focus (Evaluations)

    In “Climate Science in Focus (Evaluations),” students will demonstrate what they’ve learned from the unit by completing a post test evaluation. 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 8 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 (Field Trip)

    Climate Science in Focus (Field Trip)

    In “Climate Science in Focus (Field Trip),” students have a chance to collect real streamflow data either in a neighborhood stream or at a NPS site. 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 5 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 (Watershed)

    Exploring Climate Science (Watershed)

    In “Exploring Climate Science (Watersheds),” students will explore the local watershed to learn how communities, the region, and state are connected by water. 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 5 of the unit.

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

    In “Climate Science in Focus (Climate Science Data and Tools),” students will discover how snowpack plays an important role in streamflow. 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 4 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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