ERIC Number: ED439902
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Metamorphic Mountain, Mount Jefferson State Park: An Environmental Education Learning Experience Designed for Grades 5-7.
Pittman, George K., II; Hubbard, William F.; Lambert, Michael D.; Beazley, Lea J.
Mount Jefferson State Natural Area is located in the southern Blue Ridge highlands of North Carolina and covers 489 acres, which includes peaks and upper slopes to the Mount Jefferson mountain. This document introduces students to the geology of Mount Jefferson State Park and focuses on the geologic processes and rocks and minerals of Mount Jefferson. Major concepts covered include the rock types and their uses, rock cycle, weathering and erosion, rock and mineral identification, geologic history, and resource use. Three types of activities are featured: (1) pre-visit activities; (2) on-site activities; and (3) post-visit activities. The pre-visit activities will introduce students to the different rock types, how rocks are formed, how to identify them, and how they weather. Students will also learn about geologic time scale and identify the geologic belts of North Carolina. The on-site activities will familiarize the students with actual rock types of Mount Jefferson State National Area, their characteristics and where they are found. In addition, students will learn how the geology of the Mt. Jefferson area affected the cultural history. The post-visit activities are designed for review and will broaden students' understanding of minerals. The post-visit activity focuses on concepts such as mining, environmental issues and conservation of natural resources. These activities may be performed independently or in a series to build upon students' newly gained knowledge and experiences. A vocabulary list and definitions are listed in the back of the activity packet, along with a list of reference materials used in developing activities. (CCM)
Descriptors: Earth Science, Environmental Education, Geology, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Minerals, Science Activities, Water
North Carolina Div. of Parks and Recreation, P.O. Box 27687, Raleigh, NC 27611-7687.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Raleigh. Div. of Parks and Recreation.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina