Educator Directed Pre-Session Activities
• 50-60 minutes: student reading, pre-activity, and questions
• 5-10 minutes: Test meeting connection with NPS Microsoft Teams or Zoom, or your organization’s Google Meet account.
1.Basics: We use Zoom or Microsoft Teams for our Distance Learning (DL) videoconferencing. If your organization has a Google Meet account and you prefer to use this platform, we can present the DL Live Session through your organization’s Google Meet Link.
2.What you will need for the test and session: Computer, screen or monitor, webcam, and speakers.
3.Test and live-session invites: We both will agree to the date and time for a Test Connection and Live Session. If we are using our MS Teams or Zoom Meeting Room, then an NPS Ranger will email you a link to our meeting room. Use the same link for the Test Connection and the Live Session. If we use your organization's Google Meet account, then you will need to email the links for the Test and Live Session to the NPS Ranger.
4.During test connection: Join the virtual conference room 5 mins before the Test Connection begins. Then, we will check audio and video formatting on both sides, as well as the overall quality of the connection.
Distance Learning Live-Session with NPS Ranger
• 45-60 minutes: Session, activity and questions
1.Join the virtual conference room 10 mins before the live session begins.
2.Introduce Kenai Fjords National Park.
3.The session will run about 45 mins with 10-15 mins at the end for students’ questions.
4.After the session CILC or a Kenai Fjords National Park Ranger will email you a program evaluation.
Educator Directed Post-Session Activities
• 30-60 minutes: post activity, questions
1. Why do we have National Parks?
2. What is special about Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska?
3. Exploration of glacial features.
4. Glacier detectives throughout the United States.
5. Be a landscape detective where you live.
• Students will gain an appreciation for why we have national parks.
• Students will gain an understanding of how icefields and glaciers are formed and learn how to recognize various glacial features and land formations.
• Students will learn about the glaciology of the Exit Glacier area and Kenai Fjords National Park.
• Students will understand past glaciations in that impacted the United States.
• Students will gain an appreciation for how water shapes the earth and will be encouraged to be landscape detectives in their area.
Next Generation Science Standards:
3-ESS2-2. Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
4-ESS1-1. Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.
4-ESS2-1. Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.
4-ESS3-2. Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans
5-ESS2-1. Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
5-ESS2-2. Describe and graph the amounts and percentages of water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth.
5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.