Grand Canyon National Park's free distance learning programs offer students an exciting introduction to the science behind the park.
In Ancient Life, students become paleontologists as they explore Grand Canyon's fossil record through a live and interactive lesson with park rangers via the Internet. By examining the canyon's fossils, rock layers, and current environments, students learn to use observations and inferences to hypothesize about past environments. They also participate in a game to learn what it takes to become a fossil. The program lasts about one hour.
How to Participate
Registration begins in early September each year; programs take place from November through March. Schools must have video conferencing capability to dial the park's IP address at the scheduled time, or they can participate online via Skype.To Register:
Once you are scheduled for a distance learning program, the following links access the lesson plans and materials needed to prepare your students.
- Fossilization Game Lesson Plan (This lesson is conducted by the ranger during your program; please print the cards prior to your scheduled program.)
- Fossilization game cards
- Student pre-assessment
- Student post-assessment
- Interactive Grand Canyon Geologic Map (AZ Geological Society and USGS)
- A Geologist in Grand Canyon - Map Story (Virtual Tour)
- Grade Levels:
- Second Grade-Fifth Grade
- Climate Change, Earth Science, Geology, Landscapes, Paleontology, Physical Science
- National/State Standards:
- NS.K-4.1 Science as Inquiry
NS.K-4.3 Life Science
NS.K-4.4 Earth and Space Science
NS.K-4.6 Personal and Social Perspectives
NS.5-8.3 Life Science
NS.5-8.4 Earth and Space Science