1.) Ranger will introduce the National Park Service and Zion National Park, as well as the format of the program.
2.) Deposition: Ranger will review the term deposition, and discuss the three different types of rocks. Students will then learn about paleo environments
3.) Rangers will discuss the elements that go into creating a rock, and demonstrate rock formation to the classroom through a basic ‘make a rock’ experiment.
4.) Uplift: students will demonstrate the tectonic activities of uplift
5.) Rangers will show examples of erosion and weathering throughout the park, showing how geology is still taking place in the park (videos)
6.) Critical thinking element: Rangers will pair up students, and then discuss a new project that Zion is proposing to build an additional welcome center. Students will act as geologists and hear location proposals for the new building.
Students will be able to...
• Define deposition, erosion, and weathering
• Understand the basic geologic processes of sedimentary rock and canyon forming.
• Recognize the huge expanse of geologic time and the current-day implications of geology.
NS.K-4.2 Physical Science
NS.K-4.3 Life Science
NS.K-4.4 Earth and Space Science
NS.5-8.3 Life Science
NS.5-8.4 Earth and Space Science
NSS-G.K-12.1 The World in Spatial Terms
NSS-G.K-12.3 Physical Systems
NGSS Standards Addressed 4th grade:
ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth
ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions