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Students design ultimate park experience for Florida families as they demonstrate their knowledge of map legend skills.
Students write the story of Rosa Parks from the perspective of someone who was sitting on the bus that day. In this Rosa Parks/biography lesson, students read the story of Rosa Parks and discuss it in small groups. After each group reports their responses, students create a biographical account of the same story from a different viewpoint.
Learners complete a diagram of the Montgomery bus that carried Rosa Parks into the history books. They read about Rosa Park's contributions to the Civil Rights movement. They role play Rosa Park's refusal to move to the back of the bus.
Students examine John Nolan's document justifying the plan for a state park system. They report on this report and write an editorial for a newspaper.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a biographical story about Rosa Parks. Students answer 4 questions and then summarize the story.
Fifth graders participate in activities during a visit to Central Park. In this urban life lesson, 5th graders visit Central Park where they explore pond dipping, stream chemistry, and play a native plant Bingo game.
Young scholars explore the beauty of British Columbia by participating in a class field trip. In this ecosystem observation lesson, students investigate the Vancouver Aquarium and Stanley Park, one of the largest parks in North America. Young scholars identify the separate ecosystems, beach and forest, before completing a worksheet based on the positive and negative impact of human beings.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
In this online interactive reading comprehension activity, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Micheal Crichton's Jurassic Park. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Third graders consider famous women in history. In this notable women lesson, students watch a slide show about Pocahontas, Betsy Ross, Helen Keller, Susan B. Anthony, and Rosa Parks. Students will complete a worksheet and discuss how these women have been important figures in American history.
Students research and design a playground for a park or school in their community. They explore the physics concepts that are present in the design and, if applicable promote their ideas to city or school officials.
Young scholars develop a plan for ecotourism after researching a nearby national park or wild area.
Intriguing! With color-coded maps and eye-catching animation, Professor Jason Munshi-South expounds on how, by taking a DNA sample from a New York City mouse, biologists can determine which park it lives in. This is because urban development has isolated mouse populations into smaller areas, and each population has undergone evolutionary changes that make it unique. This little lecture would be a wonderful addition to your lesson on adaptation and evolution in species.
With this app, learners can visit 28 national parks without leaving the classroom! It includes contemporary and historic photos of Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and so many more parks; plus the ability to view images in 2-D or 3-D mode. A description accompanies each image.
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.
Young scholars explore U.S. geography by viewing a documentary in class. In this national parks lesson, students view video clips of individual national parks and locate them using Google Earth software. Young scholars create a persuasive presentation about a local park which should be represented nationally.
Middle schoolers 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.
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.
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.