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  • Mount Rainier National Park

    Volcano Fan Club

    Students simulate tephra transport by placing ingredients in front of running fan, and mapping the resultant layers. This lesson plan is part of the "Living with a Volcano in Your Backyard" curriculum, created through a partnership between Mount Rainier National Park and the US Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory.

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    Tephra Explorer

    Students view distribution patterns of tephra layers found around Mount Rainier and discover their source. This lesson plan is part of the "Living with a Volcano in Your Backyard" curriculum, created through a partnership between Mount Rainier National Park and the US Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory.

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    Survival Of The Fittest: Grade 3

    Survival Of The Fittest: Grade 3

    Standing 400 feet above the Kīlauea Iki crater down to the depths of a 550 year old lava tube, students will begin to explore and understand the ecosystem of Hawaii's natural rainforest. Through understanding how these plants and animals made their way over vast oceans, and how they began to adapt to elements and terrain presented to them upon arrival, the students will begin to gain a much deeper sense of appreciation for the environment in which they live.

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    "Amazing Lava Products": Grade 5

    Meeting at the site of one of the longest eruptions in recorded Hawaiian history, we take you on a journey through post eruption, debris, formations, and creation. Using science, math and history, students are able to take an in-depth look into the after effects of volcanic activity in Hawai'i, as well as gain a better understanding of the different formations created in the process. From tree molds to reticulite we bring these creations to life as we explore the science behind them.

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    Wahikapu o Pele "Sacred Place of Pele": Grade 4

    Wahikapu o Pele

    From the summit of the Kīlauea volcano students will embark on a journey back through time to discover the cultural significance of Pele. Through stories, plants, and chants the deity of Pele comes to life. Leaving students with a deeper understanding of Hawaiian thinking as well as the ability to understand the connection of science and folklore.

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    See, Touch and Hear: Preschool

    See, Touch and Hear: Preschool

    Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has special things to see and touch. It is a beautiful place to discover special plants and animals by using your senses.

  • Mount Rainier National Park

    Magma Mash

    In an exploration of magma behavior, students role-play minerals that are cooling at different rates, and then examine rock samples. This lesson plan is part of the "Living with a Volcano in Your Backyard" curriculum, created through a partnership between Mount Rainier National Park and the US Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory.

  • Haleakalā National Park

    Hō‘ike o Haleakalā: High School Science Curriculum

    Hō‘ike o Haleakalā: High School Science Curriculum

    Hō‘ike o Haleakalā is a multi-disciplinary, science-based environmental education curriculum designed to help sustain the native Hawaiian landscape and culture by helping students establish and deepen connections to the land and the culture it supports. Teachers in Guam, Saipan, American Samoa and island-wide found the marine, coastal and rain forest modules applicable.

  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    Liquid Rock

    Liquid Rock

    Students learn about the properties of lava by experimenting with liquids having varying gas contents and viscosities. (CLASSROOM ACTIVITY)

  • Mount Rainier National Park

    Fire, Flood, and Fury!

    Fire, Flood, and Fury!

    Native American oral traditions chronicle geologic events in the recent history of Mount Rainier. These stories are read, interpreted, and illustrated by students with the use of storyboards. This lesson plan is part of the "Living with a Volcano in Your Backyard" curriculum, created through a partnership between Mount Rainier National Park and the US Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory.

Did You Know?

Hokulea - Kamehameha Schools Archives

Polynesians from distant lands came to the shores of Hawai‘i over a thousand years ago. Sailing on large, double-hulled canoes, they navigated by using the position of the stars, the sun and the moon, by the movement of the waves and by the flight of the birds.