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Arches National Park
Students assemble jigsaw puzzles in the classroom informing them about the different types of rock and the rock cycle. At a field trip site, students examine a limestone layer to find fossils and make clay models to reenact movement along a local fault. They explore and model the formation of arches, and learn the names and deposition histories of the rock layers surrounding them. Back in the classroom, a mapping activity demonstrates what causes many earthquakes: plate tectonics.
- Lesson Plans
- Grade level:
- Fifth Grade - Fifth Grade
- Earth Science, Geology
- National/State Standards:
- Utah State Standard Core Curriculum Topic, Standard Two: Students will understand that volcanoes, earthquakes, uplift, weathering, and erosion shape Earth's surface.
Did You Know?
Prospector Cass Hite first named the bridges "President," "Senator" and "Congressman." While later explorers gave them other names, the General Land Office assigned the Hopi names "Sipapu," "Kachina" and "Owachomo" in 1909.