through Magic Valley
suggested grade levels: 9-12
view Idaho achievement standards for this lesson
1. Students will be able to identify species of wildlife.
2. Students will improve their physical fitness by hiking.
3. Students will learn how to use the Digital Atlas.
4. Students will be able to identify different cultures in various areas.
5. Students will work together as a team.
I. Give a brief description to the students of what would take place in the next week or two.
A. Magic Valley Field Trip - Give students an overview of information on the sites that you and your class are planning to visit.
1. Milner Dam
2. Hagerman Fossil Bead
3. Shoshone Falls
II. Assign students into groups and have them pick their site. Groups can vary in size depending on what you would like them to do. Encourage groups to each select a different site. If there is a site that no group wants to select, offer a reward for a group that will select it.
III. Allowing the students time to work on their pre-field trip presentations.
A. Computer Lab (Digital Atlas of Idaho)
IV. Presentations- Groups should present their information on their site to the class. Groups should also answer questions about their place from the class as well as from the teacher. Encourage all members of the group to participate in the presentation, this also can be done by directing questions to particular members of the group.
V. Field Trip(s)
A. Have students generate a worksheet containing basic questions for the site they researched. Their worksheet could include things like:
1. What kind of wildlife would you expect to see? (make a checklist of possible species that could be seen during field trip)
2. What is a useful resource to help you identify different types of species?
3. What kind of vegetation was present?
4. What was the climate like at each environment?
5. From where do fossils come?
6. What physical activity was done?
VI. Wrap Up
A. What did students learn?
B. What did they enjoy?
C. What did they not enjoy?
D. What could we do better next time?
Specific areas in the Digital Atlas of Idaho used in this exercise would be as follows: In Geology, students could research Parks and Monuments, Fossils and Artifacts, etc. In Biology, they could use the keys in each section to identify species. It also gives a good general background of different wildlife. Hydrology will be useful because we have a lot of fisheries and hydropower plants in the area. The Historical Geography is very interesting as well and is informative. Climatology could be useful as well and the information that is provided there.
Geology: Geology Topics
Biology: Biology Topics
Historical Geography: Geography