• 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?

Going-to-the-Sun Road

Did you know that in 1985, the Going-to-the-Sun Road was dedicated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark?