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    Secrets of The 'Apapane - Kindergarten

    Secrets of The 'Apapane - Kindergarten

    Young students learn about the 'apapane and it's role in the native Hawaiian forest through utilizing their senses and observational skills.

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    Malama ‘āina: It's our kuleana! Grades 5-12

    Malama ‘āina: It's our kuleana! Grades 5-12

    Native Hawaiian ecosystems are among the most distinct.

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    Cultural Uses of Native Plants: Grades 6-12

    Cultural Uses of Native Plants: Grades 6-12

    In a journey through Kīpuka Puaulu students will discover the importance of biodiversity, the traditional Hawaiian uses of native plants, the continued value of these plants into the modern era and an appreciation for the ongoing need to protect Hawai‘i's natural resources.

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    How Devastating Can It Be? Grades 6-12

    How Devastating Can It Be? Grades 6-12

    The often dramatic and voluminous eruptions that occur on Kīlauea volcano can wipe out forest far from the actual eruption site. Students examine the aftermath of one such eruption on location; using scientific practice and historical evidence to understand the changes caused by the eruption, and how the land in the area is still changing today.

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    Our Volcano Island: Grade 2

    Our Volcano Island: Grade 2

    Meeting inside the caldera or an active, erupting volcano; we learn about the science and traditions regarding not only Kīlauea volcano, but the birth of all of the Hawaiian archipelago. Students discover the continued activity Hawaiian volcanoes continue producing till this very day.

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    Amazing Lava Products: Grades 5-12

    Amazing Lava Products: Grades 5-12

    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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    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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    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.

Did You Know?

Skylight reveals lava flowing to the ocean.

Large volumes of lava move in lava tubes beneath the hardened surface of recent flows. Skylights form when the roof of a lava tube collapses, revealing the molten lava flowing like a river within the tube.