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Below are links to field trip and activity guides. Next to each item we have indicated how the activities correlate with Idaho State Curriculum standards.
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A SnowSchool Pre-visit Activity

Teacher's Guide

Student Worksheet

Prepare for a SnowSchool visit to Craters of the Moon by introducing the concept of insulation, a
critical animal adaption for winter survival. Students will observe the difference in heat loss between
a well-insulated object and a poorly-insulated object, as well as how to prepare themselves for a
winter snowshoe hike.
Curriculum Standards
Idaho Content Standards for:
Nature of Science: making observations and recording data (grades 3-7)
Biology: animal adaptation and habitat (grades 3, 4, & 7)
Math and Statistics: graphing and data analysis (grades 3-7)
Click on the marmot to access the entire field trip and classroom activities guide.

The Teacher's Guide to Craters of the Moon is geared mainly for 5th and 6th graders, though some activities can be adapted to other grade levels. The activities provide depth in a variety of subjects, and most can be completed in the classroom without a visit to the monument or as pre- or post-visit activities (recommendations below). Activities vary in emphasis and meet standards in the Nature of Science, Biology, Social and Personal Perspectives fields:

Nature of Science, Biology
Grade 3: 3.2 (Craters Life Web/post-visit)
Grade 4: 1.2 (Liquid Rock Race/pre-visit), 3.1 (Adapting to a Brutal Land/post-visit)
Grade 5: 1.2 (Liquid Rock Race/pre-visit), 3.2 (Craters Ecosystem/pre-visit), 5.3 (The Stuff We Use, Then and Now/pre-visit)
Grade 6: 1.2 (Liquid Rock Race/pre-visit), 3.3 (Adapting to a Brutal Land/post-visit), 5.1 (The Stuff We Use, Then and Now/pre-visit), 5.3 (The Stuff We Use, Then and Now/pre-visit)
Grade 7: 1.2 (Liquid Rock Race/pre-visit), 3.2 (Adapting to a Brutal Land/post-visit)

Social and Personal Perspectives
Grade 4: 1.2 (The People's Time Line/pre-visit), The Stuff We Use, Then and Now/pre-visit, Food For Thought/pre-visit), 1.3 (The Stuff We Use, Then and Now/pre-visit)
Grade 5: 1.1 (The People's Time Line/pre-visit), 1.2 (Crater Writing/post-visit), 1.3 (The People's Time Line/pre-visit, Food For Thought/post-visit)

Indian Tunnel

Cave Related Activities

Teacher's Guide to the Caves Trail and Indian Tunnel
This guide is intended as a foundation for field trips for elementary grades 1-5 and focuses on the most prominent features found along the Caves Trail. Subjects addressed include geologic processes, plant and animal adaptations, and Idaho state history. This field trip guide can be used alone or in conjunction with the Scavenger Hunt and Habitat worksheets listed below.
Grades 1-5

Indian Tunnel Scavenger Hunt
Challenge your students to use their powers of observation during your visit to Indian Tunnel.
Grades 2-4

Habitat - Where Life is at!
Worksheet provides a field trip activity for students to identify the characteristics of different habitats at Craters of the Moon.
Grades 3-5

Broken-top sign
Click on the photo to link to the Broken Top Loop Field Trip Guide.

Broken Top Loop Guide is an on-site field trip guide that provides a number of ways to meet Idaho curriculum standards. Teachers can focus on the geologic features to meet standards for Earth and Space Systems, or emphasize the plant life and diverse habitats to to satisfy Biology standards. For every grade level use inquiry and encourage students to make observations and inferences to cover Nature of Science standards:

Broken Top Brain Teasers are inquiry based exercises for the Broken Top Loop Trail.
Broken Top Brain Teasers Teacher's Guide

Earth and Space Systems, Biology, & Nature of Science
Grade 2: 1.6, 3.2
Grade 3: 1.1, 1.2, 3.1, 3.2
Grade 4: 1.1, 1.2, 1.6, 3.1, 5.2
Grade 5: 1.1, 1.2, 4.1, 4.2
Grade 6: 1.2, 4.1
Grade 7: 1.2, 3.2
Grade 8-9 PS: 1.6
Grade 8-9 ES: 1.6, 4.1, 4.2
Grade 9-10 B: 3.2

Click on this link to visit Craters of the Moon, the moon and beyond...

Visiting the Moon is an on-line activity that provides pre- or post-visit exercises in observation, inference, and critical thinking meeting standards in the Nature of Science field:

Nature of Science
Grade 7: 1.2, 1.6
Grade 8-9 PS: 1.2, 1.6
Grade 8-9 ES: 1.2, 1.6

Connections to the Moon, Mars and Beyond (PDF) Explore past and current space science research

Last updated: January 17, 2018

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