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In this online interactive geography quiz learning exercise, students examine the chart that includes 58 state names. Students identify the names of the national parks in the listed states in 5 minutes.
Students complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book Denali National Park. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Learners create visual displays of Yellowstone National Park.  For this US geography lesson, students display posters of the important information related to the park.  Learners take notes while viewing a video, and use those notes to decipher which information should be included on their posters.
Learners describe the purposes of national parks as a part of our American heritage. They identify and describe important national park sites in a specific state. They write a journal entry or paragraph about why national parks are important.
Students research an aspect of the Blackfeet tribe in Glacier National Park. They work together to create a presentation that is representative of their culture. They share their presentation with the class.
Students examine the history of the National parks. In groups, they discuss the concepts of conservation and preservation. They discuss the use of natural resources and how some are renewable and non-renewable. To end the lesson, they research the role of Gifford Pinchot and the Hetch Hetchy controversy and discuss with the class.
Learners work to preserve American National Parks. In this environmental activism instructional activity, students research the history of the national parks and determine why they were created. Learners then focus on protecting the land, using it for recreation, and conserving the land. As a culminating activity, students design marketing campaigns to promote the preservation of the parks.
Students explore historical information about U.S. national parks using the stories of Edward and Margaret Gehrke as a primary source document. In this United States geography, history, and literacy lesson, students view the diary entries of Edward and Margaret Gehrke written as they traveled through the national parks in the early 1900s. Students discuss the effectiveness of these diary entries as a storytelling tool, then plan and create their own multimedia storytelling project.
Junior High students examine the concept of sustainability and how it relates to Canada's National Park system. They conduct research on the 'Atlas of Canada' website, participate in a simulated online exercise to determine the best site for a new national park.
Students conduct research on the U.S. National Parks. They conduct Internet research, analyze maps, and create and solve riddles that present specific clues pertaining to a selected national park and it's location.
Students examine the natural wonders of Yellowstone National Park. They analyze the geysers and what causes them to erupt. They also examine the many types of wildlife found in the park.
Students research a national park and create a PowerPoint presentation about the park. They conduct Internet research, develop a list of ten facts about the part from at least four sources, plan a trip to the selected park, and present the information in the form of a PowerPoint presentation.
Learners will learn about the National Park System in the United States and, through exploration of the parks (in books, magazines, maps, and on the Internet), identify human modifications to the physical environment and the intended and unintended effects of those modifications.
Students simulate the life of John Muir while helping Yosemite to become a national park; students then write a newspaper article advocating the park's creation.
In this reading comprehension activity, 2nd graders read a non-fiction passage about Yellowstone National Park and answer five multiple choice questions based on the information from the passage.
Fifth graders see a video of some of our country's national parks. As each one is introduced they write down its name and location and star* the areas they find unique and interesting. After the video is over they share at least one of his/her starred* parks and tell why it was of interest, what they liked best about it and why.
Students examine the mission of the National Park Service and investigate specific national parks. They read and discuss a handout, and in small groups research a national park, creating a poster to display their information.
Students research national parks. In this science lesson, students view a video about the national parks and discuss the environments found within the national parks.
Students identify musical sites that are worthy of being included as units of the National Parks System. They anthologize American music from primitive times to today.
Pupils discover the interaction of American Literature, politics and the environmental movement. They explore the changing concept and philosophy of wilderness, and explain the development of The National Park System. They read sections of Thoreau, Muir, Abbey and Emerson with a set of questions for the students to develop their own essays.