Curriculum Materials

Click on the links below for the pre- and post-activity guides that accompany our third, fourth, and fifth grade outreach programs.

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  • Zion National Park

    Surviving Zion

    Bighorn sheep laying on sandstone.

    Due to its unique landforms and variation in elevation, Zion National Park possesses a number of diverse ecosystems found throughout Utah. Students will discover the adaptations of plants and animals that enable them to survive in Zion's wetlands, deserts, and/or forests.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology
  • Zion National Park

    Home Sweet Home

    Black-chinned Hummingbirds in their nest.

    All living things have specific requirements in order to call a place home. Using the habitats of Zion National Park as examples, students will learn how living and non-living members of an environment are connected. Students will uncover these relationships and the role change may play in their development.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology
  • Surviving Zion Animal

    By reading a Paiute legend, students will become familiar with the dynamic nature of adaptations as well as specific beaver adaptations. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to answer the question:

    How did beavers adaptations change over time to survive?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
  • Zion National Park Animals

    Using observations and a guessing game, students will become familiar with some of Zion National Park’s plant and animal residents and their adaptations. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to answer the questions:

    How do plants and animals adapt to survive habitat characteristics?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
  • Surviving Zion Animals

    Using a relay race activity, the students will become familiar with the presence and
    importance of human adaptations. After this activity, the students will be able to answer the question: 

    Why was the adaptation of an opposable thumb important to humans?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
  • Zion National Park Animals

    Using a series of experiences students will explore the role of leaf structure in plant survival. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to answer the question:

    How do different structural adaptations allow plants to survive in different habitats?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
  • Surviving Zion Animals

    Using a mock auction, students will bid on adaptations to create an animal well-suited to a particular habitat. After completing this activity, the students will be able to answer the question:

    How are different adaptations suited to different habitats?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
  • Zion National Park

    What is a Microorganism?

    Lichen on biological soil crust.

    This guide contains background information about what microorganisms are and directions for three activities that will help students better understand microorganisms and how they relate to everyday life and to Zion National Park.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology, Environment, Health
    Keywords:
    Biology Animals, biology, Biology Plants, ecology, environment, health, microorganism, plants
  • 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
  • Zion National Park

    Microorganisms

    Lichens and mosses in a pothole.

    This guide contains background information about how microorganisms can be both good and bad, and directions for three activities that will help students better understand how microorganisms can be helpful and harmful.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology, Environment, Health, Medicine, Nutrition
    Keywords:
    biology, Biology Animals, Biology Plants, ecology, environment, health, medicine, nutrition
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