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Field trips, materials for loan, and lesson plans help your students get more out of their visit to Fire Island National Seashore. Teachers' workshops are also available to help familiarize educators with the park's diverse resources.

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  • Fire Island National Seashore

    Beach Dynamics on Fire Island

    Beach Dynamics on Fire Island

    The Beach Dynamics lesson plans help your students understand how a barrier island functions. Activities are designed to enhance field trips to Fire Island National Seashore.

    Type:
    Curriculum Units
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Mathematics
    National/State Standards:
    Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical; Next Generation Science Standards
  • Assateague Island National Seashore

    Marsh Muckers

    Marsh Muckers

    Wetlands have a bad rap. Many people think marshes are worthless areas full of snakes, bugs, smells, and creapy crawlies. In reality, these places are critically important ecosystems and are some of the most productive regions in the world. During this 1-hour program, students explore the marsh, discover, catch and observe marsh animals and learn more about the many reasons salt marshes are valuable and worth protecting.

    Type:
    Curriculum Units
    Grade level:
    Second Grade - Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Aquatic Studies
    National/State Standards:
    Md. VSC Science Standards: 3.0 Life Science, Diversity of Life A.1.a, Ecology F.1.a,b; 6.0 Environmental Science, Environmental Issues B.1.a.
  • Fire Island National Seashore

    Considering Climate Change: Fire Island and Storms

    Considering Climate Change: Fire Island and Storms

    This lesson plan explores the impacts of Hurricane Sandy, the history-making 2012 storm, on the natural resources of Fire Island, and it challenges students to consider the effects of climate change that are likely to occur close to home. The lesson includes an inquiry-based lab, with pre-labs, activities, and homework designed to increase understanding of climate change.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Plants, Climate Change, Earth Science
    National/State Standards:
    Next Generation Science Standards: HS-LS2 Ecosystems; HS-ESS2 Earth's Systems; HS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity Common Core Standards: RST Grades 9-10 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9; RST Grades 11-12 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9; WST 9-10 8,9; WST 11-12 8,9
  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Beaches in Motion - Coastal Vulnerability

    This Earth Science lesson includes classroom materials, field trip activities and a post assessment activity. The classroom lessons include Powerpoints, readings and activities to increase understanding of coastal processes. The beach activities offer place –based learning to observe and measure conditions to evaluate the vulnerability of a beach to erosion. The post assessment activity requires students to use a model to demonstrate a beaches response to different climate change scenarios.

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    Type:
    Curriculum Units
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science
    National/State Standards:
    Earth Science
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

    Castles in the Sand

    Students will learn about the cohesive force of water tension and the adhesive force of capillary action.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    First Grade - Adult Education (general)
    Subjects:
    Chemistry, Hydrology, Physical Science
    National/State Standards:
    Science: 1st grade 1.1; 2nd grade 1.1; 5th grade 1.1