Lesson Plan

Design a Trail

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Twelfth Grade
Subject:
Anthropology, Art, Civic Engagement, Community, Conservation, Design, Ecology, Environment, Geography, Geology, History, Language Arts, Planning/Development, Reading, Social Studies, Writing
Duration:
Multiple days (3-6 class periods)
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
outdoors
National/State Standards:
Science: 3rd grade 3.1; 4th grade 2.2
Social Studies: 3rd grade 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 4.1; 4th grade 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2; 5th grade 1.1, 1.2, 2.1
Reading/Writing: 3rd grade 2.2, 3.2, 4.1; 4th grade 2.2, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2; 5th grade 2.2, 3.2, 4.1
Keywords:
trail, interpretation

Overview

Student groups will work cooperatively to produce an interpretive walking trail. Together they will research a topic, choose a focus, write, illustrate interpretive information, lay out a trail, organize information, and teach.

Objective(s)

Student groups will work cooperatively to produce an interpretive walking trail. Together they will research a topic, choose a focus, write, illustrate interpretive information, lay out a trail, organize information, and teach.

Background

Interpretive trails provide a bridge between our daily lives and our natural and cultural heritage. They can help connect visitors to a place and engage them with their surroundings.

The act of creating an interpretive trail allows students to be the teachers and provides a full-spectrum educational experience. Students must research a topic, choose a focus, write, illustrate, construct, organize, work together, and teach.

Visit Great Sand Dunes' web page on Hiking and view the park's Visitor Guide to learn more about trails in the park.

Materials

Vary, depending on location.

Procedure

Assessment

After the project is complete debrief with your students.

1. How was the project a success?

2. Where could a better job have been done?

3. Were there any organizational failures?

4. What did each student learn about their abilities: their strengths and weaknesses?

Extensions

Students can lead younger grades on interpretive walks around the trail.

Vocabulary

interpretation