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  • 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
  • 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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Chemistry, Earth Science, Geology, Volcanoes
    Keywords:
    andesite, chemical elements, continental crust, extrusive, granite, granodiorite, igneous, intrusive, lava, magma, magma chamber, mantle, mineral, obsidian, oceanic plate, plutonic, solidus, tephra, mount rainier, Mount Rainier National Park, Cascades Volcano Observatory
  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    Amazing Lava Products: Grades 5-12

    Mauna Ulu

    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. 

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Geology, History, Mathematics, Science and Technology
  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    Survival Of The Fittest: Grade 3

    'I'iwi drinking the nectar of a beautiful red lehua

    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.   

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Environment, History, Science and Technology
  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

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

    The Halema‘uma‘u Crater; The Home of 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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Plants, Geology, History
  • A ruler is used to measure the layers in a completed geology shoebox.

    Model depositional processes from volcanically active areas using sediments in a shoebox. Interpret geologic events from layers in a classmate's shoebox model and draw a stratigraphic column graphic. 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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    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Tenth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Volcanoes
    Keywords:
    Law of Superposition, stratigraphic column, volcanic ash, volcano, measure, demonstrate, compare, interpret, observe, apply, analyze, conclude, tephra, lahar, pyroclastic flow, stream gravel, lava flow, landslide, rock fall, mount rainier, Mount Rainier National Park, Living with a Volcano in Your Backyard, Cascades Volcano Observatory
  • A drawing depicts a figure in Native American clothing observing a lahar spreading across a valley floor with Mount Rainier in the background.

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Ninth Grade
    Subjects:
    Geology, History, Volcanoes
    Keywords:
    lahar, metaphor, oral history, Native American, mount rainier, Mount Rainier National Park, Cascade Volcano Observatory, volcano
  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    See, Touch and Hear: Preschool

    ‘Ōhia Lehua - Hāpu‘u Rainforest

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Pre-Kindergarten
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants
  • crack revealing molten lava

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

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Seventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Physical Science
  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    Cultural Uses of Native Plants: Grades 6-12

    Kīpuka Puaulu - a special ecological area

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Conservation, Ecology, History
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