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  • 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 Plans
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Conservation, Ecology
  • White Sands National Monument

    Cook a Lizard

    Cook a Lizard

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

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    Type:
    Curriculum Units
  • White Sands National Monument

    Flat Stanley

    Flat Stanley

    Based on a children's book written by Jeff Brown in 1964, the Flat Stanley Project was created to help your child, student or class learn about the many wonderful places around the world. Children create their own Stanley and send him through the mail to various locations on his own adventure. We invite you to send your Stanley to us or to download on of our Flat Rangers!

    Type:
    Curriculum Units
    Grade level:
    Pre-Kindergarten - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Education, Language Arts
  • 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:
    Curriculum Units
    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

    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:
    Curriculum Units
    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

    Kit Fox Lesson Plan 1

    The unique components of air, water, climate, and geological conditions at White Sands National Monument provide a harsh environment for plants and animals. Because of this, animals have adapted to this different environment. The kit fox is a good example of an animal that has adapted to this desert environment.

    Type:
    Curriculum Units
    Grade level:
    Third Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Ecology, Wildlife Biology
    National/State Standards:
    STATE STANDARDS: (New Mexico) 1) Science: Science 6.29.10.9 C. Strand 2: Content of Science 2) Language Arts: English Language Arts 6.29.4.9 A. Strand 1: Reading/listening comprehension
  • White Sands National Monument

    Plant Adaptations

    Plant Adaptations

    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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    Type:
    Curriculum Units
    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
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

    Eolian Science

    Students will explore how wind direction and topography influence the formation of sand dunes.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade - Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geography, Geology, Hydrology
    National/State Standards:
    Colorado Science 6th grade: 3.1 8th grade 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

    All Sand Grains, Great and Small

    Wind and water not only move sand, but sort it by size and density.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Third Grade - Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Landscapes, Mathematics
    National/State Standards:
    Math: 3rd-5th grade 3.1 Science: 3rd grade 3.1; 5th grade 1.1
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

    Magnetic Sand?

    Students will understand that sand is made up of different minerals—one being magnetite, a compound containing iron.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    First Grade - Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science
    National/State Standards:
    Colorado Science: 1st grade 3.1; 3rd grade 3.1, 4th grade 1.1