Dear Elementary Teachers,
This section is designed to provide teachers with lesson plans,
ideas, and materials for teaching about the natural and cultural
history of Great Sand Dunes. These lesson plans are not designed
for students to use directly on the computer. Visit Great Sand Dunes’ website offers a large listing of photographs
that you may use in the classroom. The natural and cultural history
section of the website also has animations and additional
Printable teaching materials are available within each of the six
elementary subject areas. These hands-on materials and worksheets
are in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.
For those who are planning a visit to the park, be sure to review
Visiting the Dunes, a guide
to on-site exploration with your students, found in the Teachers'
All materials have been correlated to Colorado Content
Standards. For a comprehensive list of all lesson plans with their
standards (including middle and high school activities), visit the
Lesson List and Standards, found
in the Teachers' Guide. A subject cross-referencing
tool is also available in the Teachers' Guide.
Christopher Robin came down from the Forest to the Bridge, feeling
all sunny and careless, and just as if twice nineteen didn't matter
a bit, as it didn't on such a happy afternoon, and he thought that
if he stood on the bottom rail of the bridge, and leant over, and
watched the river slipping slowly away beneath him, then he would
suddenly know everything that there was to be known.