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

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    Physical Features of the Earth

    Physical Features of the Earth

    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.