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Canyon Country Outdoor Education lessons plans were developed in partnership with Arches and Canyonlands national parks.

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  • Aztec Ruins National Monument

    Aztec Ruins Teachers' Guide

    Aztec Ruins Teachers' Guide

    Drafted by teachers who attended "Project Archeology" workshops, lessons include hands-on activities that students undertake either on a field trip to Aztec Ruins or in the classroom with replica artifacts. Produced through funds from a National Park Foundation grant, the guide has been distributed to all San Juan County area schools.

    Type:
    Curriculum Units
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Seventh Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Architecture (Building Styles and Methods), Art, Astronomy, Environment, Geometry, Historic Preservation, History, Landscapes, Literature, Mathematics, Museum Studies, Poetry, Social Studies
  • Arches National Park

    Force, Motion, & Primitive Technologies

    Force, Motion, & Primitive Technologies

    Students explore different types of simple machines by examining ancient technologies. Students examine different types of levers using digging sticks and throwing atlatls. They discover how wheels and axles were used to make fire, and how rock wedges can become useful tools.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Third Grade - Third Grade
    Subjects:
    Physical Science
    National/State Standards:
    Utah State Science Core Curriculum Topics, Standard Three: Students will understand the relationship between the force applied to an object and the resulting motion of that object.
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

    Digging Back in Time

    Students will participate in a virtual dig and use accompanying field notes and action photos to investigate their own online "hearth" site.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade - Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Anthropology, Archaeology, History
    National/State Standards:
    Social Studies: 6th grade 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2; 7th grade 1.1, 2.1; 8th grade 1.1, 2.1