The Rocky Mountains

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The Rocky Mountains


In this virtual experience, students will…

  • Explore the geology of the Rocky Mountains and identify the different types of rock formations that make up the range, including sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks.
  • Investigate the diverse range of wildlife that inhabits the Rocky Mountains, such as grizzly bears, mountain lions, elk, and bighorn sheep, and analyze their adaptations to survive in the rugged terrain and changing climate.
  • Examine the importance of the Rocky Mountains as a source of water for many communities, and evaluate the impact of human activities, such as mining and logging, on the water quality and ecosystem of the Rockies.

Lesson overview

The Rocky Mountains are an enormous mountain range that runs through North America. They stretch for approximately 3,000 miles (4,828 km) from Canada to the United States. The Rockies are a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, hikers, and tourists, who come to explore the rugged terrain and enjoy breathtaking views of the peaks, valleys, and forests.

The Rocky Mountains are also home to a diverse range of wildlife, including grizzly bears, mountain lions, elk, and bighorn sheep. In addition, the mountains are a crucial source of water for many communities, providing water for drinking, irrigation, and hydroelectric power.

As part of this virtual experience, you’ll get to explore the Rocky Mountains. You’ll learn about the geology of the mountains, the different types of plants and animals that live there, and the importance of the Rockies to the people who live nearby.



Lesson Plan

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