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  • This lesson usesthe creation of an edible model to introduce the geologic formations present in the Niobrara River Valley. An optional extension is included to introduce the concept of fossils.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Subjects:
    Geology, Paleontology
  • Niobrara National Scenic River

    The Sound of the River

    Students will prepare for the assignment by reading and discussing the poems. Following a reading of a brief history of the valley, the class will visit an area on the Niobrara River such as Smith Falls State Park or The Fort Niobrara Wildlife Refuge.  During the trip the river habitat will be explored and the environment will be investigated.  Students (or teacher) may then choose a project as a follow up to the field trip.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Community, Conservation, Landscapes, Language Arts, Poetry, Reading, Writing
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    Deerlcious Knowledge

    These lessons are designed for visual/kinethestic learners with the focus of indentifying physcial triats, mannerisms, and facts about both species of deer found along Niobrara.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Biodiversity
  • Niobrara National Scenic River

    Ecology Unit

    Six terrestrial ecosystems combine with the riparian and aquatic ecosystems of the Niobrara to create a mix of plants and animals that exist together like nowhere else. This unit focuses on the ecology and biodiversity of the Niobrara River Valley. It contains a field experience component in addition to pre and post experience classroom work.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology, Environment
  • Niobrara National Scenic River

    Early Birding

    This lesson is designed to introduce Middle School level students to basic bird identification to some of the common, and a few rare but easily identified,birds and waterfowl found along and around the Niobrara National Scenic River.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Seventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Conservation
  • Niobrara National Scenic River

    Food Webs of Niobrara

    This lesson overviews the roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers.  Students will create their own food webs using plants and animals found in the Niobrara River Valley.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Seventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Climate, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Landscapes
  • Niobrara National Scenic River

    Create a Brochure

    Students will take a field trip to an area of the Niobrara River Valley.  During the trip they will use observation techniques and complete a Sensory Observation Sheet and use those ideas to prepare a brochure for a vacation would be taken in the Niobrara River valley.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Seventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Community, Computer Science, Conservation, Marketing, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Recreation Ecology, Writing
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    Cows in the Campground

    Cows in the river

    By exploring the community of the Niobrara valley students will develop an understanding of the significance of development and its hand in hand existence with preservation of a natural resource students will: understand the interrelationships contained in the river system and write a descriptive essay, Two alternative essay assignments are also included.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Subjects:
    History, Language Arts, Literature, Writing
  • An Eastern Viceroy lands on a plant along the river.

    What happens when two species combine? This lesson is a great introduction to the answer. The included activity combines science and art to introduce the concept of hybrids.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Biodiversity, Biology: Animals
  • 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