Lesson Plan

Changing Landscapes

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Grade Level:
Fifth Grade
Geology, Hydrology
National/State Standards:
Utah Core Curriculum Fifth Grade Science Standard 2: Students will understand that volcanoes, earthquakes, uplift, weathering, and erosion reshape Earth’s surface.


Landscapes are continually altered and reshaped by natural processes. Zion National Park contains tremendous examples of Earth's constantly changing surface and the geologic processes responsible. Students will explore how geological processes such as sedimentation, weathering, erosion, and uplift shape Zion and much of southern Utah.


Click on the PDFs below for the activity guide and images that accompany each pre- and post-activity described in the activity guide. The activity guide is designed to accompany the curriculum-based program that rangers will present when they visit your classroom.