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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
  • A mound of melting ice cream draped with hot wax

    Students use ice cream glaciers and hot wax lava flows to simulate the interactions of glaciers and lava flows. 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:
    Sixth Grade-Tenth Grade
    Subjects:
    Climate Change, Earth Science, Environment, Geology, Glaciers, Hydrology, Landscapes, Volcanoes
    Keywords:
    erosion, glacier, ice ages, lahar, lava, lava flows, pycroclastic flow, striations, vent, volcano, volcanic eruptions, mount rainier, Mount Rainier National Park, Cascade 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.

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    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
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park

    Earth Cookies

    Lassen Peak volcanic rock

    Students prepare cookies the day before the activity. Students then compare and contrast different types of cookies and igneous rocks and classify them according to their structural make-up and ingredient composition.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Physical Science
  • Rocks, mud, and water mixed together to form a mini lahar slide down a plastic track into a pan.

    Explore how small amounts of water can mobilize loose rock to form lahars by making a small lahar within the safety of a beaker or jar and analyzing it using scientific methods. 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:
    Sixth Grade-Tenth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Environment, Geography, Geology, Hydrology, Landscapes, Volcanoes
    Keywords:
    beaker, debris flow, flank collapse, glacier outburst flood, graduated cylinder, hydrothermal alteration, lahar, landslide, lava flow, pyroclastic flow, Mount Rainier National Park, mount rainier, Cascade Volcano Observatory
  • A teacher holds a plastic bottle with white bubbles streaming from the top, demonstrating the Soda Bottle Volcano.

    Examine how gases provide for explosive volcanic eruptions by making comparisons to gases in a soda bottle and by conducting a carefully controlled "eruption" of baking soda/vinegar or soda water. 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-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Volcanoes
    Keywords:
    conduit, magma, magma chamber, exsolution, fumaroles, pumice, scoria, throat, volcanic ash, demonstrating, inferring, observing, predicting, pressure, gases, volcano, crater, mount rainier, Mount Rainier National Park, Living with a Volcano in Your Backyard, Cascades Volcano Observatory
  • Excerpt of a map illustrating the lava flow ridges that make up Mount Rainier.

    Students investigate the influence of magma viscosity on the shape of a volcanic cone. Then, they explore nature and motions of lava flows and learn about the importance of lava flows as the building blocks of Mount Rainier. 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:
    predicting, data collecting, recording, measuring, graphing, volcano, crater, lava, andesite, landforms, stratovolcano, composite volcano, shield volcano, cinder cone, eruption, mount rainier, Mount Rainier National Park, Living with a Volcano in Your Backyard, Cascades Volcano Observatory
  • Students research information about Cascade volcanoes in Washington, Oregon, and California, then transfer the information onto the appropriate mobile piece before constructing the mobile "A String of Volcanoes". 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:
    Third Grade-Ninth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geography, Geology, Landscapes, Volcanoes
    Keywords:
    caldera, cinder cone, eruption, debris avalanche, debris flow, lahar, landslide, lava dome, lava flows, pyroclastic flow, shield volcano, steam explosion, strato volcano, tephra, volcanic ash, Cascade Range, Cascade Volcano Observatory, mount rainier, Mount Rainier National Park
  • 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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    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Ninth Grade
    Subjects:
    Climate, Earth Science, Geography, Geology, Landscapes, Volcanoes
    Keywords:
    mount rainier, Mount Rainier National Park, eruption column, lava, lava fountain, Law of Superposition, tephra, volcanic ash, Cascades Volcano Observatory
  • 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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    Average: 1.0 (29 ratings)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Ninth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geography, Geology, Landscapes, Volcanoes
    Keywords:
    isopach, pumice, scoria, silica, tephra, volcanic ash, mount rainier, Mount Rainier National Park, Cascade Volcano Observatory, Cascade Range