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Activity List: Featured Activities, Backyard Discoveries

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Please visit our overview of methodology to better understand how we have designed this web site to help you facilitate learning in the classroom. We have also compiled a list of special recommendations for the classroom. Our technical guide will help you configure workstations for this web site.

We hope you and your students enjoy learning how applied science is working to protect the natural and cultural wonders of North Cascades National Park.
 

Activity
Description
Content Standards*

Featured Activities

   
Wondervault
 
Discover how humans have interacted with North Cascades while publishing student artwork, poetry and stories for others to read.
 
Reading 1.2, 1.5, 3.1
Writing 1.1, 1.3, 3.1 - 3.5
Arts 2.1 - 2.5

Main Sections

River Caretakers
 
Build bull trout habitat while discovering ongoing international research that is helping to protect these special predators.
 
Reading 1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2
Science 1.2, 1.3, 3.2
NSCS: C, F, G
Forest Carnivores
 
Follow researchers in the field and search for illusive small-sized carnivores.
 
Reading 1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2
Mathematics 2.1
Science 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
NSCS: A, C, F, G
Rooted In
 
Learn about the scientific use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their pivotal role in mapping vegetation throughout the park.
 
Reading 1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2
Science 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.3
Geography 1.1
NSCS: C, D, E, G
Thirsty River
 
Compare glacial mass balance data and learn why researchers measure glaciers to understand stream flow.
 
Reading 1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2
Mathematics 1.4, 2.1
Science 1.2, 1.3
NSCS: D, F, G
Reflecting on Macroinvertebrates
 
Sift through the waters of mountain lakes and discover how researchers predict and measure water quality in wilderness areas.
 
Reading 1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2
Science 1.1, 1.2, 3.2
NSCS: A, C, F, G
Forest Rebirth
 
Play with digital fire and find out how researchers manage forests that are near human's homes, yet depend on fire.
 
Reading 1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2
Science 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.2
Geography 3.1, 3.2
NSCS: A, D, G
Mammals of Flight
 
Compare habitat and species detections using raw bat data and see how well you can discover trends.
 
Reading 1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2
Mathematics 1.4, 2.1, 2.3
Science 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
NSCS: A, C, E, G
North Cascades Nomads
 
Understand why scientists collect data on migratory populations of landbirds and discover which North Cascades birds are likely to visit your home.
 
Reading 1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2
Science 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 3.2
Geography 1.1, 2.1-2.3, 3.1
NSCS: A, C, F, G
Awakening the Past
 
Peer through the lenses of archaeological methods and discover how ancient peoples lived in the North Cascades.
 
Reading 1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2
Science 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2
History 2.1, 2.2
Civics 2.2
NSCS: E, G
Dances with Eagles
 
Delve into long-term eagle data and search for comparisons between wintering eagles on the Skagit and their salmon food sources.
 
Reading 1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2
Science 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.2
NSCS: C, F, G

Backyard Discoveries (Classroom Activities)

Bat Scanner
 
Students will study bats in their own neighborhood and learn about bat habitats and feeding habits.
 
Mathematics 1.1, 1.2
Science 1.2, 1.3, 3.1
NSCS: C, G
Bull Trout Tag
 
Students will compare adfluvial bull trout return rates among various natural and human-caused challenges.
 
Science 1.2, 1.3
NSCS: C, F
Classifying ROCKS!
 
Students will learn how scientists classify natural wonders.
 
Science 1.1
NSCS: A, G
In Context
 
Students will understand the importance of storytelling to Northwest tribes, be creative and develop a contextual, lesson-based story of their own.
 
Writing 2.2
History 2.2
Arts 2.1 - 2.5
Morph It!
 
Students will discover how plant morphological features become characteristic to specific life zones.
 
Science 1.2, 1.3
Arts 2.1 - 2.5
NSCS: C, D
North Cascades in Your Backyard
 
Students will graph the return and exodus of migrating birds in their backyard and note birds which may have visited North Cascades National Park.
 
Mathematics 1.4, 4.3
Geography 1.1
Science 1.2, 1.3
NSCS: C
Shady Characters
 
Students will understand how the scientific method can be applied in their own backyard and how shade and sunlight is important for various plants.
 
Mathematics 1.1, 1.2, 5.2
Science 1.3, 2.1, 3.1
NSCS: A, G
Skagit Eagle Song
 
Students will create their own Skagit River eagle song, record it and have their song posted on this web site.
 
Science 1.2, 1.3
Arts 2.1 - 2.5
NSCS: C
Sponge it Up!
 
Students will understand how glaciers act as hydrologic buffers for river flow.
 
Science 1.2, 1.3
NSCS: D
Veg Seg
 
Students will understand how scientists classify habitats and map vegetation zones.
 
Mathematics 1.3, 5.2
Science 1.3
Geography 1.1
NSCS: A, C, D, G
What's in Your Periphery?
 
Students will compare and explore the vision of predators and herbivores with their own binocular vision.
 
Science 1.2, 1.3
NSCS: A, C
 
*Primary content standards are listed as Essential Learning Requirements for Washington State. National Science Content Standards (NSCS) are also included.
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