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Rock the Tetons Field Trip

Students explore rocks, landscapes, and maps to find evidence of erosion and uplift that made the Teton range.

This field trip is designed for Grade 4 but can be adapted for Grades 2-7.

Cross Disciplinary Concepts: Things may change slowly or rapidly. Patterns can be used as evidence to support an explanation. Cause and effect relationships are routinely identified, tested, and used to explain change.

Vocabulary: Metamorphic, igneous, sedimentary, limestone, sandstone, gneiss, granite, weathering & erosion, geology, fossils, geologic time, plate tectonics & faults, glaciers, glaciation, moraines & outwash. 

 

Science Standards This Program Meets

2-ESS1-1 Earth’s Place in the Universe

  • Grade: 2nd Grade
  • Discipline: Earth & Space Science
Requirements:
Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.
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4-ESS1-1 Earth’s Place in the Universe

  • Grade: 4th Grade
  • Discipline: Earth & Space Science
Requirements:
Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time
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4-ESS2-1 Earth’s Systems

  • Grade: 4th Grade
  • Discipline: Earth & Space Science
Requirements:
Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.
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4-ESS2-2 Earth’s Systems

  • Grade: 4th Grade
  • Discipline: Earth & Space Science
Requirements:
Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features.
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About Grand Teton National Park

Turn Grand Teton National Park into your classroom! We offer programs year-round including field trips with hands-on exploration, rangers visiting your classroom with park resources, or even opportunities to connect to rangers digitally. Topics range from “taking a walk on the wild side” with ecology, “rocking the Tetons” with geology, or learning that "every snowflake counts" from rangers sitting at a desk made of snow. If you don't see a program here that meets your needs, please contact park educators to explore options for a customized program.

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Who Park rangers (GRTE_Education@nps.gov)
What Field trips and classroom visits about ecology, geology, history, ranger careers, and outdoor leadership
When All year
Where In your national park or your classroom
Why Because learning sticks when you experience the real thing!