Discovery Cabin Activities
Summary: Animal skins, skulls, antlers, horns, as well as rocks, pine cones, and other items found in Glacier National Park are set up at stations with task cards for students to work cooperatively in small groups to sort/group, observe, communicate, identify and spark a sense of wonder to form questions about these items.
Students will be able to visit up to 6 stations and:
Montana Content and Performance Standards:
10.54.5010 Science Standard 1= Design, conduct, evaluate, and communicate scientific investigations.
10.54.5020 Science Standard 2= Demonstrate knowledge of properties, forms, changes, and interactions of physical and chemical systems.
10.54.5030 Science Standard 3=Demonstrate knowledge of characteristics, structures and function of living things, the process and diversity of life, and how living organisms interact with each other and their environment.
Making Connections to Glacier National Park:
One of the reasons Glacier National Park was established was to preserve the natural processes and the biological diversity (variety of plants and animals) that live here. Scientific research in Glacier focuses on learning about these natural processes because Glacier National Park has few human impacts compared to other areas.
Field Trip Logistics:
All K-2 field trips will spend a portion of the day at the discovery cabin. Teachers should choose a primary education curriculum: K-Sensory Exploration; 1-Wild Animals and Wild Places; 2-Habitat Diversity. Teachers must be able to split students into groups of no more than 18-20 students, and then further divided into station groups of 3-4 students each for time spent in the discovery cabin.
Did You Know?
Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.