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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
  • White Sands National Monument

    Cook a Lizard

    illustration of two lizards. one turquoise and one more white

    The brilliant white dune field has resulted in extremely rapid and remarkable adaptations in endemic

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    Average: 5.0 (3 ratings)

    Type:
    Curricula
  • White Sands National Monument

    Kit Fox Lesson Plan 2

    Animals mature into adulthood much faster than humans.  This lesson lets children compare their own rate of growth to that of a kit fox.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Ecology, Wildlife Biology
    National/State Standards:
    STATE STANDARDS: (New Mexico)
    Language Arts: English Language Arts 6.29.4.9 A. Strand 1: Reading/listening comprehension
  • White Sands National Monument

    Animal Adaptation

    Variation and change occur in all ecological systems. All forms of life are affected by changes in the quality, quantity, and distribution of their habitats. At White Sands, animals have adapted in a variety of ways.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Ecology, Wildlife Biology
    National/State Standards:
    STATE STANDARDS: (New Mexico)
    1) Science and Environmental Education: Science 6.29.10.8 C. Strand 2: Content of Science
    2) Expressive Arts: Art 6.29.2.14 A. Strand: Theatre Drama
  • White Sands National Monument

    Leapin' Lizards

    Through many years of changing habitats and adapting to their surroundings, most of our lizards are white in coloration. Take a look at a whiptail and some of the interesting patterns and colors that have been produced through selection and breeding over hundreds of years. Invent your own lizard with colors that would help him hide in your choice of environment!

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Conservation, Ecology
  • Wind and water not only move sand, but sort it by size and density.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Landscapes, Mathematics
  • White Sands National Monument

    Plant Adaptations

    Arizona Centaury

    The conditions at White Sands National Monument, the world's largest gypsum dunefield, create a unique environment for plant survival. The monument encompasses an ecosystem within an ecosystem, where of the 244 plants found in the desert environment, only 60 have developed strategies for survival in the dunefield itself.

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    Average: 3.0 (1 rating)

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Plants, Botany, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Environment
    National/State Standards:
    STATE STANDARDS: New Mexico
    1) Science: Science 6.29.10.9 C. Strand 1: Content
    of Science
    2) Language Arts: Art 6.29.2.18 A. Strand: Visual Art
    Keywords:
    plants, adaptation, botany
  • Students will understand that sand is made up of different mineralsone being magnetite, a compound containing iron.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    First Grade-Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science
    Keywords:
    magnet, sand