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 understand the complexities of nest building by attempting to design and build a nest themselves.
Students will read a selection of oral histories and compare/contrast the interviewees' lives with their own experiences.
Students will see the importance of sand in water filtration and understand how aquifers are recharged.
Students will understand material density as it relates to water and sedimentary rocks.
Students will learn how trophic levels differ and are similar among ecosystems.
Students will understand through chronological problem-solving and reading skills a summarized account of the human history of Great Sand Dunes.
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.
Students will understand the difficulty nocturnal creatures have and the reasons they come out at night.
Students will become familiar with natural dyes, which plants they came from, and how Native Americans have used them.
Students will understand that sand is made up of different minerals—one being magnetite, a compound containing iron.