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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Second Grade - Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Biology: Animals, Ecological Engineering, Wildlife Biology
    National/State Standards:
    Colorado Science: 2nd grade 2.1; 4th grade 2.3 Colorado Visual Arts: 2nd -4th grade 3.1; 4th grade 3.2
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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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Anthropology, Community, Family Life, History, Language Arts, Reading, Writing
    National/State Standards:
    Colorado Reading/Writing: 5th grade 2.2, 3.2, 4.2; 6th grade 2.2, 3.2, 4.3; 7th grade 2.2, 3.2; 8th grade 2.2, 3.2, 4.1 Colorado Social Studies: 5th - 8th grade 1.1
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    Sand Filters

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

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    First Grade - Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Hydrology, Physical Science
    National/State Standards:
    Colorado Science: 1st grade 1.1; 3rd grade 3.1; 5th grade 1.1, 3.1
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    Sand Density

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

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Third Grade - Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Hydrology, Physical Science
    National/State Standards:
    Colorado Science: 3rd grade 3.1; 5th grade 1.1
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    Quick Draw

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

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Second Grade - Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Ecology
    National/State Standards:
    Colorado Science: 2nd grade 2.2; 4th grade 2.3 Colorado Visual Art: all grades 3.1
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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 Plans
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Anthropology, Hispanic or Latino American History and Culture, History, Language Arts
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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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Hydrology, Mathematics
    National/State Standards:
    Science: 5th grade 3.1, 3.2 Math: 4th grade 1.1, 3.1, 4.1; 5th grade 1.1, 3.1
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    Nocturnal Lives

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

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Second Grade - Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Ecology, Wildlife Biology
    National/State Standards:
    Science: 2nd grade 2.2; 4th grade 2.1; 5th grade 2.1
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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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Third Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Anthropology, Art, Biology: Plants, Botany, History
    National/State Standards:
    Colorado Science: 5th grade 3.1 Social Studies: 3rd grade 1.2; 4th grade 1.2, 2.2
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    Magnetic Sand?

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

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    First Grade - Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science
    National/State Standards:
    Colorado Science: 1st grade 3.1; 3rd grade 3.1, 4th grade 1.1