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    Great Sand Dunes

    National Park & Preserve Colorado

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Curriculum Materials

Quick Overview of Curriculum Materials (.pdf file, 69kb). This document cross references each lesson plan on a chart by grade and content standards. Document links take you to Great Sand Dunes Curriculum Materials on the Hands on the Land Website.

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    Think Like a Bird

    Students will understand the complexities of nest building by attempting to design and build a nest themselves.

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    Then and Now

    Students will read a selection of oral histories and compare/contrast the interviewees' lives with their own experiences.

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    Sand Filters

    Students will see the importance of sand in water filtration and understand how aquifers are recharged.

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    Sand Density

    Students will understand material density as it relates to water and sedimentary rocks.

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    Quick Draw

    Students will learn how trophic levels differ and are similar among ecosystems.

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    Our Common History

    Students will understand through chronological problem-solving and reading skills a summarized account of the human history of Great Sand Dunes.

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    An Ocean in Colorado?

    Students will understand the globally rare phenomenon of surge flow, exhibited in Medano Creek. Students will conduct an experiment by measuring, recording, and graphing data about stream flow. Students will compare the waves of an ocean on the beach to the surges of water in Medano Creek. They will also use measuring skills to compare the pulses of water.

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    Nocturnal Lives

    Students will understand the difficulty nocturnal creatures have and the reasons they come out at night.

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    Native Dyes

    Students will become familiar with natural dyes, which plants they came from, and how Native Americans have used them.

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    Magnetic Sand?

    Students will understand that sand is made up of different minerals—one being magnetite, a compound containing iron.

Did You Know?

Children rafting Medano Creek

In average to wet years, Medano Creek is a popular beach environment at Great Sand Dunes. When creek flow is high, some children even raft the shallow waters. More...