Layers in Time
Grand Canyon National Park's free distance learning programs offer students an exciting introduction to the science behind the park.
Layers in Time engages the class in the geologic history of Earth through a live and interactive lesson with park rangers via the Internet. Students gain a better understanding of universal geologic principles and processes such as deposition, plate tectonics, and erosion. By exploring Grand Canyon's rock layers and formation, they come to recognize how landscapes change over time. 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.
Download Distance Learning program information. (updated Aug. 8, 2013)
Download Distance Learning program registration form: as PDF File - as JPG Photo File
Once you are scheduled for a distance learning program, the following links access the lesson plans and materials needed to prepare your students.
- Pre-activity lesson plan
- Paleozoic environment posters
- "Layers in Time" student article
- Student pre-assessment
- Student post-assessment
After the program, please participate in our online program evaluation to help us improve our educational efforts.
- Interactive Grand Canyon Geologic Map (AZ Geological Society and USGS)
- A Geologist in Grand Canyon - Map Story (Virtual Tour)
- Climate Change, Earth Science, Geography, Geology, Landscapes, Paleontology, Tectonics
- National/State Standards:
- NS.K-4.2 Physical Science
NS.K-4.3 Life Science
NS.K-4.4 Earth and Space Science
NS.5-8.3 Life Science
NS.5-8.4 Earth and Space Science
NSS-G.K-12.1 The World in Spatial Terms
NSS-G.K-12.3 Physical Systems
- Distance Learning
"Excellent all over"
It's a helpful assist for any teacher and very, very interesting for people wanting to teach themselves
There are no cons
I'm very grateful, that whoever cared to prepare the materials, have made the learning materials accessible in the Internet. And it' s - thank god - not so hidden but can be found easily. So it is very tempting, even when it is a distant learning experience, to delve deeper in the materials whichever are to be found. (e.g. Wikipedia) To tell the unexpected: I am writing from Southern Germany, Europe.Problem with this review? Report it
Ease of Access and Technical Support
Addresses Curriculum Standards
Quality, Accuracy and Credibility
Objectivity and Lack of Bias
Creativity and Innovation