This language arts packet contains fun and educational writing activities for grades 6-9 including nature journaling, poetry, and debates.
Focusing on science and mathematical concepts with applications to language arts and social studies, Rockin' Through the Ages: From Fossils to Petroglyphs incorporates the mission of the National Park Service and themes of stewardship and preservation for the natural and cultural resources at Petrified Forest and beyond. It is aligned with the Arizona Statewide Science (5-24-04) and Mathematics Standards for Grades 4-8. And it is FREE!
Through pre-visit classroom activities conducted by the educator, students develop the knowledge and skills to conduct a scientific study at the park and to prepare a final research project.
The education manual links below are pdf files.
Introduction (updated 01-03-05) - provides essential information about the program and trip planning.
Paleontology, Introduction to Module
Archeology, Introduction to Module
If you want to complete your manual, print off the Rockin' Cover Page.
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Suggested Reading List
The resources at Petrified Forest National Park offer a wide range of subjects for educators to share with students. The following are some suggested books that can help your class prepare for your field trip to the park.
"Petrified Forest: A Story in Stone" by Sidney R. Ash and T. Scott Williams
"The Painted Desert: Land of Light and Shadow" by Rose Houk and George H. H. Huey
"Discover National Monuments: National Parks" (Discover Your World) by Cynthia Light Brown
"A Day in the Life of a Park Ranger" (The Kids' Career Library) by Liza N. Burby
"Ranger Trails: Jobs of Adventure in America's Parks" by Lori Yanuchi
Paleontology and Fossils:
"Fossils Tell of Long Ago" by Aliki
"It Could Still Be a Rock" (Rookie Read About Science) by Allan Fowler
"Dawn of the Dinosaurs: The Triassic in Petrified Forest" by Robert A. Long, Rose Houk, & Doug Henderson
"Prehistoric Past Revealed: The Four Billion Year History of Life on Earth" by Douglas Palmer
"A Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals" (Peterson Field Guides) by Frederick H. Pough
"A Golden Guide to Fossils" (Golden Field Guide Series) by Frank H. T. Rhodes, Paul R. Shaffer, & Herbert S. Zim.
"Ancient Forests: A Closer Look at Fossil Wood" by Frank J. Daniels, & Richard D. Dayvault
"The Southwest Inside Out" by Thomas Wiewandt & Maureen Wilks
"Guide to Geologic Features at Petrified Forest National Park" by John V. Bezy and Arthur S. Trevena
"The Colorado Plateau: A Geologic History" by Donald L. Baars
Biology and Environment:
"Shrubs & Trees of the Southwest Deserts" by Janice Bowers
"Weather in the Southwest" by Jim Woodmencey
"50 Common Mammals of the Southwest" (Western National Parks Association) by George Olin
"50 common Birds of the Southwest" (Western National Parks Association) by Richard L. Cunningham
"50 Common Reptiles & Amphibians of the Southwest" by Jonathan Hanson, & Roseann Beggy Hanson
"National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southwestern States: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah" by National Audubon Society
History, Culture, and Archeology:
"It Happened in Arizona, Remarkable Events That Shaped History" by James A. Crutchfield
"Stalking the Past: Prehistory at Petrified Forest" by Anne Trinkle Jones
"Life in the Pueblo: Understanding the Past Through Archaeology" by Kathryn A. Kamp, & Amy Henderson
"Tapamveni: Rock art Galleries of Petrified Forest and Beyond" by Patricia McCreer & Ekkehart Malotki
"A Guide to Pueblo Pottery" by Susan Lamb
"Navajo Weaving Way" by Noel Bennett
"Songs from the Loom: A Navajo Girl Learns to Weave" by Monty Roessel
"If You Lived With The Hopi" by Anne Kamma
"Coyote: A Trickster Tale from the American Southwest" by Gerald McDermott
"Route 66: Spirit of the Mother Road" by Bob Moore
Did You Know?
Standing on the edge of a vast badlands landscape, a Spanish explorer is rumored to have named the area "El Desierto Pintado" (The Painted Desert) because the hills looked like they were painted with the colors of the sunset.