Utah National Parks

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Curriculum Resources


Lesson Plans

Grades K-3  Grades 4-8   Grades 9-12

Grades K-3

Imaginary River TripImaginary River Trip (pdf)
Students take an imaginary river trip, right in their classrooms. Along the way they explore how humans, animals and insects use the river to survive.
PlantsPlants (pdf)
Students learn about the parts of plants through story, song, drawing and observation. They categorize seeds by their method of travel, and investigate the areas conducive to plant growth.
RocksRocks (pdf)
Students explore rocks and minerals of the area. They investigate how sandstone was formed and experiment with wind and water to determine which is the effective erosional process.
Preparing for WinterPreparing for Winter (pdf)
This in-class presentation uses story and visualization to explore how different types of animals survive the winter.
Changes in Plants and AnimalsChanges in Plants and Animals (pdf)
Students explore plant changes by performing a play depicting the life cycle of a wildflower. They explore life cycles of frogs and toads, along the way discovering the difference between them.


Grades 4-8

Force, Motion & Primitive TechnologiesForce, Motion & Primitive Technologies (pdf)
Students explore different simple machines by examining ancient technologies. Students discover how wheels and axels were used to make fire, and how rock wedges can be tools.
Traveling Safely in the DesertTraveling Safely in the Desert (pdf)
This in-class presentation explores what a student needs to hike safely in the desert ecosystem. Students learn directions, things to bring with them, and what to do if they get lost.
Living and Non-living InteractionsLiving and Non-living Interactions (pdf)
Students will explore producers, consumers, decomposers and food chains.
Discovering National ParksDiscovering National Parks
In this ARTSEDGE lesson, students learn about the history of America's national parks and the role that artists played in their creation and maintenance.
Animal AdaptationsAnimal Adaptations (pdf)
Students are introduced to animal adaptations as both activities and physical parts that help animals to survive.
Cultural ContributionsCultural Contributions (pdf)
Students will be introduced to archaeology and the artifacts that provide clues to the lives of ancient people.
Water CycleWater Cycle (pdf)
Students will learn about the process of erosion in different environments and the water cycle.
Bryce Canyon National Park: Hoodoos Cast Their SpellBryce Canyon: Hoodoos Cast Their Spell
Students describe the formations that deterred settlement and encouraged tourism in Bryce Canyon and examine how it was used by settlers, scientists, government agencies, and tourists.
Physical Features of the EarthPhysical Features of the Earth (pdf)
Students will learn about the different types of rock and the rock cycle.
Physical and Chemical Changes in MatterPhysical and Chemical Changes in Matter (pdf)
Students explore the difference between physical changes and chemical changes in matter.
Plant AdaptationsPlant Adaptations (pdf)
Students explore genetics using desert plant adaptations, riparian plant adaptations, and a few desert plants and animals adapted to nighttime activities.
Microorganisms of the DesertMicroorganisms of the Desert (pdf)
Students will investigate small desert organisms: pothole organisms and lichens.
Bighorn SheepBighorn Sheep (pdf)
Students will learn about the bighorn sheep’s habitat, the plants they eat, and how to identify the birds that share bighorn habitat.
Heat, Light and SoundHeat, Light and Sound (pdf)
Students investigate what objects absorb and retain heat and use sound waves to find birds. They observe how lenses change light waves, and investigate how sunscreen blocks UV waves.


Grades 9-12

Photography and the National Park ServicePhotography and the National Park Service
This ARTSEDGE lesson addresses the impact the photographs of the western frontier had on eastern U.S., especially by ensuring that the national parks system would be created.


Videos & PhotosHiking in Arches

Utah students and educators can visit eMedia (via Utah's Online Library) to view KUED's video production "Utah: The National Parks" and Ken Burns' PBS film "The National Parks: America's Best Idea". There are also photographs of some of the National Parks in eMedia.