Curriculum Materials

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  • Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    Keywords:
    National Parks, legacy, cultural resources, natural resources, heritage, climate change, careers, Wildland-Urban Interface
  • Students will explore how wind direction and topography influence the formation of sand dunes.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geography, Geology, Hydrology
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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
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    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
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    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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