Curriculum Materials

Bring Grand Teton National Park to your classroom!
Grand Teton offers a variety of materials for educators to bring relevant lessons from the field into the classroom. These materials may be used to develop stand-alone lessons, in preparation for a field trip, or to reinforce the experiences had on a field trip.

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  • Picture of a Eagle Peak mountian againsts a blue sky

    Students demonstrate the destructive forces of erosion on small “mountains” and survey an area in the park, such as Lamar Valley, to identify evidences of erosion. Students interview a petrified tree in its natural setting to learn more about the changing landscape of Yellowstone.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Glaciers, Reading, Tectonics, Volcanoes
    Keywords:
    earth science, erosion, geology, glaciers, reading, sedimentation, tectonics, uplift, volcanoes, weathering
  • A Grizzly bear sits in sagebrush.

    Working in small groups, students examine the feeding habits of bears and draw pictures to show what bears do in spring, summer, fall, and winter. Students use a small pattern of a grizzly bear and increase its scale to construct a full-size silhouette in order to appreciate the bear’s size.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Biology: Animals, Conservation, Environment, Reading, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
    Keywords:
    art, bear, biology animals, Conservation, cycle, environment, feeding habits, reading, wildlife biology, wildlife management, Yellowstone
  • A skier, dressed for winter, skis with the Teton Range in the background.

    What is the purpose and function of each layer of winter clothing?
    Throughout the lesson, students will learn and incorporate vocabulary terms related to heat transfer. At the completion of the lesson, students will be able to explain the different clothing layers and make reasonable choices for dressing in winter conditions.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
  • 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
  • Paintings

    Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School, stated “The ravages of the axe are daily increasing desecration by what is called improvement; which as yet generally destroys Nature’s beauty without substituting that of Art.”  This unit, Nature, Art and Conservation at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, will explore this very issue through on-site visits, school based lessons and independent research.  For this unit students will begin by reading Marsh’s Man and Nature...

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Eleventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Conservation, Environment, Museum Studies, Reading, Visual Arts, Writing
    Keywords:
    art, Hudson River School, paintings, nature, Conservation movement, George Perkins Marsh, Thomas Cole, Man and Nature, Fitz Hugh Ludlow, john muir, Ansel Adams, Carlton Watkins, William Henry Jackson, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Teton
  • Grand Teton National Park

    What is Wild?

    Bittern chicks

    Students will learn about and discuss why we have National Parks set aside to be ‘wild’.  They will compare National Parks to their local surroundings in town or at school.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Environment, Wilderness
  • Historic black and white photograph of the Mammoth Terraces

    Students examine historic Yellowstone artwork and discover the influential “voices” of painter Thomas Moran and photographer William H. Jackson. Students then give voice to their own Yellowstone experiences through watercolors and photographs.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Conservation, Design, History, Visual Arts
    Keywords:
    art, Artist, Conservation, design, history, jackson, hayden, moran, visual arts, Yellowstone
  • cross country skier

    Students will dress for winter while explaining the purpose and function behind each layer. Throughout the lesson, students will learn and incorporate vocabulary terms related to heat transfer. At the completion of the lesson, students will be able to explain the different clothing layers and make reasonable choices for dressing in winter conditions.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Chemistry, Climate
  • Mountain Weather is a force that climbers and outdoor enthusiasts need to understand and predict. Use this lesson in conjunction with our e-climb to help students understand how weather and geography interact. Lesson includes cloud types, lightning behavior and weather lore myth buster activity. Time does not include the time for students to explore the e-Climb online. Other recommended media components included.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Seventh Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Climate, Geography, Landscapes, Meteorology
    Keywords:
    mountaineering, geography, weather, Rock Climbing, climate
  • A watercolor painting of wildlife

    Students work collaboratively to create fictitious animals in order to understand adaptations that help wildlife survive among various habitats throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals
    Keywords:
    habitat, adaptations, ecosystem, biology