Curriculum Materials

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    Insect Design

    Selection from the Insect Workbook - kinds of legs

    Students will be able to identify common insects at Great Sand Dunes while also understanding the general external morphology of insects.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Literacy and Language Arts,Science
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    The Camouflage Trail

    Students will gain an understanding of the concept of camouflage and adaptation.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Second Grade
    Subjects:
    Ecology
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    You Can't See Me

    Students will understand the importance of natural coloration and camouflage in survival, considering the colors of various animals found at the park.

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    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    First Grade-Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Mathematics, Wildlife Biology
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

    Sand Filters

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

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    First Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Hydrology, Physical Science
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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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Anthropology, Hispanic or Latino American History and Culture, History, Language Arts
    Keywords:
    history
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    Everyone Has a Story: Conducting an Oral History Interview

    Students will work cooperatively to decide on a topic and investigate it through oral history interviews. Students will understand that everyone has a story.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Anthropology, Civic Engagement, Community, Family Life, History, Journalism, Language Arts, Reading, Writing
    Keywords:
    oral history, interview
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

    Insect Design

    Students will be able to identify common insects at Great Sand Dunes while also understanding the general external morphology of insects.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Biology: Animals, Ecology, Wildlife Biology
    Keywords:
    insects, endemic, coloring
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    Water, Water Everywhere

    Students will participate in a decision-making exercise that emphasizes team work, problem solving, and critical thinking. Students will research water resource issues and existing water policies, working in teams to present a variety of perspectives on a specific water issue.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civic Engagement, Community, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Economics, Environmental Law, Geography, Government, Hydrology, Language Arts, Law, Planning/Development, Public Policy, Reading, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Social Studies, Wilderness
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    Trail Skits

    Students will learn how to be prepared, respect the natural ecology, and be safe on their trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Third Grade
    Subjects:
    Community, Conservation, Environment, Health, Performing Arts, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Wilderness
    Keywords:
    wilderness, Leave No Trace, preparation
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    Latin Roots

    Students will learn how scientists name new species of plants while creating a new one of their own.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Biology: Plants, Botany, Language Arts
    Keywords:
    latin, scientific name, taxonomy
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