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Sustainability and Canada's National Parks
Junior High young scholars 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.
7th - 9th Science 3 Views 10 Downloads
New Review What Can We Do?
Motivate young conservationists to stand up and make a change. After learning about the efforts in Cascade Nation Park to reduce carbon emissions in order to preserve the wilderness, students work in groups creating action plans for reducing the carbon footprint of their school.
4th - 8th Science 5 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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.
6th - 8th Science 9 Views 21 Downloads
The Blackfeet of Glacier National Park
Middle schoolers 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.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 6 Downloads
The Geography of Canada's National Parks
Students are introduced to the national parks of Canada. In groups, they use the internet to identify the factors that determine the level of tourism. They create a tourist pamphlet and present the material to the class to end the lesson.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 16 Downloads
People Behind the Parks
Explore U.S. geography with your class by viewing a documentary. Show a portion of the Ken Burns documentary "The National Parks," and identify the individuals responsible for keeping the parks in order. Elementary and middle schoolers create a presentation discussing the history of the parks and their representation of the American people.
4th - 7th Visual & Performing Arts 6 Views 39 Downloads
Glacier Bay Seabirds
A gorgeous collection of photographs take viewers on a virtual tour or Glacier Bay National Park with a focus on the seabirds living in the area. Adaptations to the polar climate are highlighted, different species of birds are displayed, and even the relation to the local Tlingit tribes is discussed.
9th - Higher Ed Science 3 Views 9 Downloads
Photography and the National Park Service
During the 1800s the United States was expanding westward; land was there for the taking. Kids explore how some early photographers used their photography to influenced the US Congress to save areas like Mirror Lake. They complete a journal reflection, participate in a class discussion, and analyze three photographs from the period.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 9 Downloads
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 instructional activity, they research the role of Gifford Pinchot and the Hetch Hetchy controversy and discuss with the class.
6th - 8th Science 14 Views 46 Downloads
Discovering National Parks
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.
8th - 12th Language Arts 12 Views 17 Downloads
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 plan, students view the diary entries of Edward and Margaret Gehrke written as they traveled through the national parks in the early 1900s.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 5 Views 11 Downloads
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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 8 Views 17 Downloads
Our National Parks: Recreation and Preservation
Students 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.
K - 2nd Science 4 Views 13 Downloads
The Conservation Movement at a Crossroads: The Hetch Hetchy Controversy
Should wilderness areas be preserved or managed? Class members examine primary source documents, including lecture notes, articles, essays and congressional records to better understand the Hetch Hetchy controversy that created a split in the American environmental movement.
9th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download CCSS: Designed