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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
  • geyser

    Students learn about the Mantle Plume Theory, plate tectonics, and Idaho geography by experimenting with a map of Idaho. (CLASSROOM ACTIVITY)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geography, Geology
    Keywords:
    plate tectonics, Yellowstone, maps, Great Rift, Idaho geography
  • Paintings

    Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School, stated “The ravages of the axe are daily increasing desecration by what is called improvement; which as yet generally destroys Nature’s beauty without substituting that of Art.”  This unit, Nature, Art and Conservation at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, will explore this very issue through on-site visits, school based lessons and independent research.  For this unit students will begin by reading Marsh’s Man and Nature...

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Eleventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Conservation, Environment, Museum Studies, Reading, Visual Arts, Writing
    Keywords:
    art, Hudson River School, paintings, nature, Conservation movement, George Perkins Marsh, Thomas Cole, Man and Nature, Fitz Hugh Ludlow, john muir, Ansel Adams, Carlton Watkins, William Henry Jackson, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Teton
  • Yellowstone National Park

    To Eat or Be Eaten

    A fox holds a rabbit in its jaws

    In “To Eat or Be Eaten,” students demonstrate energy transfer and connections between plants and animals.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology, Wildlife Biology
    Keywords:
    ecology, Web of life, food web, food chain, predator, ecosystem
  • Yellowstone National Park

    Camouflage

    A Snowshoe hare sititng in the grass

    This active game may be used to introduce the concepts of predator prey dynamics as well as adaptations.  Students love playing this game.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Ecology, Physical Education, Physical Fitness, Wildlife Biology
    Keywords:
    adaptation, animals, camouflage, ecology, physical education, Physical Fitness, predator, prey, wildlife biology
  • Historic black and white photograph of the Mammoth Terraces

    Students examine historic Yellowstone artwork and discover the influential “voices” of painter Thomas Moran and photographer William H. Jackson. Students then give voice to their own Yellowstone experiences through watercolors and photographs.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Conservation, Design, History, Visual Arts
    Keywords:
    art, Artist, Conservation, design, history, jackson, hayden, moran, visual arts, Yellowstone
  • cross country skier

    Students will dress for winter while explaining the purpose and function behind each layer. Throughout the lesson, students will learn and incorporate vocabulary terms related to heat transfer. At the completion of the lesson, students will be able to explain the different clothing layers and make reasonable choices for dressing in winter conditions.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Chemistry, Climate
  • Yellowstone National Park

    Waters of Life: Survey of a Riparian Area

    A creek cuts through a green meadow with pine trees on the right side of the picture.

    Students investigate plant and animal life in and around a creek. Students work in groups, with each group member performing a different task: observing, recording, mapping, classifying.  Finally, the team puts the information together to make conclusions about the ecological connections that exist within the area surveyed.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-General
    Subjects:
    Art, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Earth Science, Ecology, Environment, Landscapes, Wildlife Biology
    Keywords:
    abiotic, aquatic, art, biology animals, biology plants, biotic, botany, earth science, ecology, environment, landscapes, riparian, scat, wildlife biology
  • A watercolor painting of wildlife

    Students work collaboratively to create fictitious animals in order to understand adaptations that help wildlife survive among various habitats throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals
    Keywords:
    habitat, adaptations, ecosystem, biology
  • Clepsydra Geyser erupting in Lower Geyser Basin

    In “Why Yellowstone Geysers Erupt,” students will learn the key ingredients necessary to form geysers and how they function naturally. In addition to a geyser model demonstration (all grades), older students can build their own geyser models, while forming and testing hypotheses about the eruption behavior using different variables.

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    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Second Grade-Tenth Grade
    Subjects:
    Chemistry, Earth Science, Engineering, Geology, Physical Science, Science and Technology, Visual Arts
    Keywords:
    geyser, Yellowstone, model, demonstration
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