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Students create visual displays of Yellowstone National Park. In this US geography lesson, 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.
Middle schoolers 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.
Students work to preserve American National Parks. In this environmental activism lesson plan, 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.
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 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 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.
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Students compare city life and rural life in 19th century America. In this photography lesson, students research the role of photography in the success of the National Parks Service. Students also compare images of Americans moving West to images of Americans living in cities. Students discuss and write their reflections.