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Take Me To Your National Park
Students 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.
The Blackfeet of Glacier National Park
Young scholars 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.
Denali National Park
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.
Designing a Poster to Communicate Information: Yellowstone National Park
Students create visual displays of Yellowstone National Park. In this US geography lesson plan, students display posters of the important information related to the park. Students take notes while viewing a video, and use those notes to decipher which information should be included on their posters.
The Wilderness Concept: Our National Parks, History and Issues
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.
Discovering National Parks
Students work to preserve American National Parks. In this environmental activism lesson, students research the history of the national parks and determine why they were created. Students 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.
Sustainability and Canada's National Parks
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.
Personal Stories of the National 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.
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.
Our National Parks: Recreation and Preservation
Young scholars 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.
Save a National Park: John Muir
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.
National Parks Highlight Nature's Wonders
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.
National Park Road Trip
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.
Yellowstone National Park
In this reading comprehension worksheet, 2nd graders read a non-fiction passage about Yellowstone National Park and answer five multiple choice questions based on the information from the passage.
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Ecological Integrity in Canada's National Parks
Eleventh graders complete OAGEE Geo-Kit activity. They define and discuss ecological integrity and how it applies to Canada's National Parks. They research ecozone for a national park and use that information to complete a poster.
Regionalism as Seen Through the National Parks
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.
The Ingredients Needed for a Musical National Park
Young scholars 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.
What is a National Park
Pupils 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.