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LESSONS
The lesson plans detailed below were developed in conjunction with the Will Steger Foundation and are intended to help prepare your students for the Electronic Field Trip to North Cascades National Park.

These lesson plans are designed to be hands-on and adaptable for grade levels between 4th and 8th.  They are applicable to national and state standards. 

1. Changes in Climate [pdf]

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Students will:

  • Demonstrate their understanding of climate change science and impacts through a quiz bowl game.

2. Glacier and Water [pdf]

Students will:

  • Create their own glacier.
  • Predict what will happen when they scrape their glacier over landforms.
  • Simulate what happens when glaciers move over landforms.
  • Observe and document the result of glacial scraping.

3. Shifting Habitats [pdf]

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Students will:

  • Be introduced to common animals and plants of North Cascades National Park through a game.
  • Identify simple connections between the animals and plants of North Cascades National Park.
  • Identify at least one threat to one animal or plant of North Cascades National Park as a result of climate change.

4. Sources of Energy [pdf]

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Students will:

  • Make the connection that using power leads to the burning of fossil fuels.
  • Identify what appliances use the most power.

5. What We Can Do [pdf]

Students will:

  • Review what North Cascades National Park is doing to reduce its carbon footprint.
  • Identify how they can reduce their school’s carbon footprint.
  • Create a climate steward action plan for their school.

6. Reduce Our Carbon Footprint, Let's Compost! [pdf]

Students will:

  • Be able to construct and maintain a worm composting bin for their school, classroom or home.
  • Learn about the decomposition process.
  • Reduce their class’/school’s/own carbon footprint by diverting food scraps from landfills.
  • Create a tangible, beneficial product (compost) that can be used in a school garden or at home.

 

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