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.
Students will participate in a virtual dig and use accompanying field notes and action photos to investigate their own online "hearth" site.
Wind and water not only move sand, but sort it by size and density.
Students will gain an understanding of the concept of camouflage and adaptation.
Students will learn about the cohesive force of water tension and the adhesive force of capillary action.
Students will be able to identify common animal tracks and learn how to make plaster casts of them.
Students will understand the importance of natural coloration and camouflage in survival, considering the colors of various animals found at the park.
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.
Students will learn the basics of tree identification at Great Sand Dunes and how to use a dichotomous key.
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.
Students will begin to learn to identify mammal tracks at Great Sand Dunes and learn to notice the difference between animal track shapes.