• Mt Reynolds

    Glacier

    National Park Montana

K-3 Activities

The significant resources protected in Glacier can be grouped under the themes of: wilderness, Native American connections, biodiversity, ecosystem connections, cultural resources from the 19th & 20th centuries, and International Peace. The K-3 activities of the Glacier teacher's guide focus mainly on the themes of: wilderness (& wild animals), ecosystem connections (web of life), and geology.


 

Unit One: You Are Here - This unit focuses on the geographic perspective of a child's world and the bigger world with Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park (W-GIPP) included. Click here for teacher background information and the introduction to K-3, Unit One.

  • Activity 1: The Big Circle - students construct a grahic representation of themselves to the universe.
  • Activity 2: My World - mapping my room, my yard, my schoolroom, and schoolyard.

Unit Two: My Home's in the Park -This unit provides and overview of Alberta and Montana wildlife. Click here for teacher background information and the introduction to K-3, Unit Two.

  • Activity 1: Who's Wild? - comparison of familiar domestic animals and wild animals of the W-GIPP.
  • Activity 2: Habitat is Home - components of habitat through art and video.
  • Activity 3: Habitat Hunt - outside game finding food, water, shelter and space.
  • Activity 4: Is there Room for Everybody? - habitat's relationship to carrying capacity.
  • Activity 5: Who Eats Who? - classifying animals by their food sources.
  • Activity 6: Track Stories - picture exercise analyzing track stories.
  • Activity 7: The Web of Life - rudimentary web game with pictures of plants and animals.

Unit Three: Rottenly Beautiful; Life & Death Cycles - Life, death and decomposition are the concepts covered in this unit. Click here for teacher background information and the introduction to K-3, Unit Three.

Unit Four: The Three Bears - Exercises in this unit compare and contrast black, grizzly, and (non-native) polar bears. Click here for teacher background information and the introduction to K-3, Unit Four.

  • Activity 1: Goldilocks and the Real Bears -the story vs. bears in real life.
  • Activity 2: Which Bear? - compare and contrast bear shapes, sizes, tracks, and food using cut-outs.
  • Activity 3: The Bear Facts - geography and independent reading and reporting on new bear facts.

Unit Five: Rock Park - Students do an exploration of local geologic features, developing observation skills. Click here for teacher background information and the introduction to K-3, Unit Five.

  • Activity 1: Rock Ranking - F.O.S.S adapted math activity on comparing and contrasting rock sizes, shapes, and colors.
  • Activity 2: Rock Stories - multicultural introduction to rock types adapted from Keepers of the Earth.

Did You Know?

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Did you know that in 1932, Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park became the world’s first International Peace Park due to the good work between the two nation’s rotary clubs?