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Students apply their knowledge of the physics principles of force, energy and motion to researching the physics behind amusement park rides.
Fourth graders participate in a class disucssion on the term "habitat". The class brainstorms on what makes a national park special. In small groups, they research a a national park and create a mural depicting those factors that make national parks special.
Pupils, after reading an article from the World Wide Fund for nature on coffee possibly being grown illegally in an Indonesian national park and being sold to major coffee brands, answer several worksheets to text questions about the newspaper article. They participate in a simulation of a public meeting to decide whether the coffee growers should be moved off the plantations with many role playing scenarios for them to act out.
Students discuss what they like about parks and make a list of different things they like to do there such as swing, run, play ball, ride a bike, or go on a hike. They discover the locations of some examples of National Parks and that they are places to enjoy the outdoor activities.
Young scholars are introduced to the Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa. In this natural science lesson plan, students identify the elephants by name according to the diagrams. Young scholars study the unique characteristics of the elephants, discuss the park, and the impact the limiting factors may have on the elephant's family life.
Students investigate national parks and forests by creating a project of their choice. In this environmental responsibility lesson, students identify the many occupational positions within the Forestry and National Park services. Students research the jobs using the Internet and create an independent project of their choosing based on a specific job within the environmental industry.
Learners pretend they have just entered a national park. They imagine that the park borders are all impassable mountains, and students will play the role of grizzly bears. Learners list three things every animal needs to survive, in this game they can meet these needs, they are to be tested on their ability to mate. Using trading cards, students play a game, each round ads a new element.
Three pages of intriguing pictures and reading passages about the natural history of Africa's West Coast Fossil Park make up the bulk of this handout. There are 13 questions to answer and directions for designing a poster about one of the extinct animals introduced within the text. The assignment is not complex, but it is interesting. It can be used as an effective enrichment for your middle school earth scientists. Teachers notes and a grading rubric for the poster make this more than just a student worksheet.
Students simulate the development of an underwater amusement park after reading background on Coral Reef State Park. They decide which factors they would need to consider such as the ocean floor, currents, wave patterns and water temperature.
Students examine how people can make a difference in the world. They read and analyze excerpts from a novel, discuss song lyrics, clean up a local park, and write an essay.
Students explore Marjory Stoneman Douglas and her contribution to the ecosystems and National Parks.
Students examine and respond to the text, The Bus Ride. In this African-American literature lesson, students explore pre-reading questions that focus on fairness of laws. Students read the text based on Rosa Parks and answer 11 post-reading questions. Students participate in literature circles and respond to several questions through oral discussions or journal entries.
Sixth graders discuss segregation. In this language arts lesson, 6th graders read a story about Rosa Parks and discuss the connotations of words. Students discuss the actions of Rosa Parks.
Students explore the geothermal features of Yellowstone National Park. Through a PowerPoint presentation and the use of a Smart Board, students recognize the four geothermal features. They discuss the differences of each feature. Students answer questions about Yellowstone National Park.
Students examine a photo to experience history.  In this teaching tolerance instructional activity, students view a photograph of Mrs. Parks sitting on the bus and place their own picture by hers.  Students imagine that they were sitting on the bus with her in 1955 and form a written response to the question: "What would you say to the bus driver?" Students role play the situation taking turns sharing their writing.
Students participate in an observational hike to study the natural surroundings.  In this observational hike instructional activity, students hike through a state park and observe the plant and animal life.  Students learn about appropriate behaviors in state parks and equipment needed.
Students are introduced to the animals of the Burnet Park Zoo. They determine: What are the animals they see at the Burnet Park Zoo? and How are animals selected for the Burnet Park Zoo? This instructional activity leads to their first research project.
Young scholars determine how accurate the dinosaur-makers were in creating realistic dinosaurs for the Jurassic Park ride. They explore how the ride designers are going to top themselves How could the next ride be even better?
A mystery canine was shot and killed near Yellowstone National Park in the early '90s. Genetics whizzes explain how they might go about identifying whether the animal was a true grey wolf or a hybrid. A drawing of the animal's DNA bands is provided for learners to analyze. This activity is an enriching addition to your genetics unit.
Students read and investigate the accomplishments of John Muir. They gather information about one of the United States National Parks founded by John Muir. They create a tri-fold brochure about John Muir and a National Park he founded.