Lesson Plans & Teacher Guides

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Glacier Teacher's Guide

Thank you for engaging your students in the significance and resources of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The Teacher's Guide is broken into lessons for K-3, 4-6, and 7-12. The units and activities cover a range of topics including biodiversity, American Indian culture, climate change, and park management.

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Work House: A Glacier National Park Science and Indian Education Program

"Work House" is an education program developed in the 1990s and updated in 2016 for use in the classroom and in Glacier National Park. This program was created by Terry Welder and the Division of Interpretation at Glacier in cooperation with tribal members from the Blackfeet, Salish, Pend d'Oreille, and Kootenai Tribes.

"Work House" consists of five interrelated units that focus on geological and biological succession while utilizing local Indian tribal heritage as a background. Each unit has a similar format. "Work House" includes cultural and scientific background information, traditional stories, classroom activities, and links to field trip and extension options.

Work House by section

View or download the entire Work House program plan (pdf 5 MB)

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Resource Guides

All the resources on two topics very important to Glacier gathered in one place. Explore these park developed websites for an in-depth study:

  • Climate Change
  • Cultural Resources - To obtain a hard copy two DVD set including the Teacher Resource Guide, and the accompanying "At home in this Place" videos, please email the Glacier Education Department at: glac_education@nps.gov

For further reading, check out the Nature or Science & Research sections of this website, as well as the Education Resource Guide page.


Additional Curriculum Resources

Teaching History & Culture
Links to lesson plans from the Ken Burns PBS Series "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" as well as Glacier specific lessons involving Going-to-the-Sun-Road and other collected links.

Honoring Tribal Legacies
The Honoring Tribal Legacies website was designed and developed to encourage educators at all levels and in every environment to benefit from the collective wisdom that can be gained from a shared history that simultaneously embraces the past, present, and future. In this virtual handbook, you will find rigorous high quality demonstration curricula spanning all grade levels

FireWorks Curriculum
K-12 lessons created by the U.S. Forest Service Fire Lab in Missoula, MT which features ponderosa, lodgepole, and whitebark pine forests. It provides students with interactive, hands-on materials to study the forces that cause change in forests, particularly wildland fire. There is an educational trunk connected to this lesson, too.

The Wilderness & Land Ethic Curriculum
K-12 lesson plans from the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center which introduce students to the concept of wilderness.

Flathead Community of Resource Educators (Flathead CORE)
Flathead CORE is a network of individuals and organziations working together to increase awareness and understanding about the natural, historical, and cultural resources of Montana's Flathead Region. Explore their site for a list of local providers and their services, as well as programs, events, and additional teacher resources.

Hands on the Land
A network of government agencies and field classrooms that connects students to public lands nationwide.

Discover the Forest
A U.S. Forest Service partner organization with guides and activities for parents and teachers.

Last updated: November 9, 2017

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