Curriculum Materials

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  • Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

    Digging Back in Time

    Students will participate in a virtual dig and use accompanying field notes and action photos to investigate their own online "hearth" site.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade - Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Anthropology, Archaeology, History
    National/State Standards:
    Social Studies: 6th grade 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2; 7th grade 1.1, 2.1; 8th grade 1.1, 2.1
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    All Sand Grains, Great and Small

    Wind and water not only move sand, but sort it by size and density.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Third Grade - Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Landscapes, Mathematics
    National/State Standards:
    Math: 3rd-5th grade 3.1 Science: 3rd grade 3.1; 5th grade 1.1
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

    The Camouflage Trail

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

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten - Second Grade
    Subjects:
    Ecology
    National/State Standards:
    Science: K 2.1; 1st grade 2.2; 2nd grade 2.2
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

    Castles in the Sand

    Students will learn about the cohesive force of water tension and the adhesive force of capillary action.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    First Grade - Adult Education (general)
    Subjects:
    Chemistry, Hydrology, Physical Science
    National/State Standards:
    Science: 1st grade 1.1; 2nd grade 1.1; 5th grade 1.1
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

    Who Passed This Way?

    Students will be able to identify common animal tracks and learn how to make plaster casts of them.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Wildlife Biology
    National/State Standards:
    Colorado Science: 4th grade 2.1
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

    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 Plans
    Grade level:
    First Grade - Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Mathematics, Wildlife Biology
    National/State Standards:
    Colorado Science: 1st grade 2.2; 2nd grade 2.2; 4th grade 2.1 Colorado Math: 1st-4th 3.1
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

    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 Plans
    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
    National/State Standards:
    Social Studies: 9-12th grade 1.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 Reading/Writing: 9-12th grade 1.1, 1.2 Science: 9-12th grade 3.5, 3.6
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

    Tree Classification

    Students will learn the basics of tree identification at Great Sand Dunes and how to use a dichotomous key.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Subjects:
    Biology: Plants, Botany
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

    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 Plans
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten - Third Grade
    Subjects:
    Community, Conservation, Environment, Health, Performing Arts, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Wilderness
    National/State Standards:
    Colorado Social Studies: K 4.2; 1st grade 4.1; 2nd grade 4.1, 4.2; 3rd grade 4.1
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

    Track Memory

    Students will begin to learn to identify mammal tracks at Great Sand Dunes and learn to notice the difference between animal track shapes.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten - Third Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Wildlife Biology
    National/State Standards:
    Science: K 2.1; 1st grade 2.2; 2nd grade 2.2