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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    Genetics and Adaptations

    Genetics and Adaptations

    This guide contains background information about genetics, and directions for three activities that will help students better understand how inheritable traits help plants and animals survive in Zion National Park.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade - Ninth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Biodiversity, Biology: Plants, Botany, Ecology, Environment, Fire Ecology
    National/State Standards:
    Utah Core Curriculum Seventh Grade Science. Standard Four Students will understand that offspring inherit traits that make them more or less suitable to survive in the environment.
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    Classification Systems

    Classification Systems

    This guide contains background information about how observation and classification are important to scientists, and directions for three activities that will help students better understand why organisms are classified in different ways.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade - Ninth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Ecology, Science History
    National/State Standards:
    Utah Core Curriculum Seventh Grade Science. Standard Five Students will understand that structure is used to develop classification systems.
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    What is a Microorganism?

    What is a Microorganism?

    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 Plans
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade - Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology, Environment, Health
    National/State Standards:
    Utah Core Curriculum Sixth Grade Science
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    Microorganisms

    Microorganisms

    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 Plans
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade - Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology, Environment, Health, Medicine, Nutrition
    National/State Standards:
    Utah Core Curriculum Sixth Grade Science Standard Five
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    Surviving Zion

    Surviving Zion

    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 Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology
    National/State Standards:
    Utah Core Curriculum Fourth Grade Science Standard 5: Students will understand the physical characteristics of Utah’s wetlands, forests, and deserts, and identify common organisms for each environment.
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    Changing Landscapes

    Changing Landscapes

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    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.
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    Home Sweet Home

    Home Sweet Home

    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 Plans
    Grade level:
    Third Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology
    National/State Standards:
    Utah Core Curriculum Third Grade Science Standard 2: Students will understand that organisms depend on living and nonliving things within their environment.