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Mansfeld Park Review Quiz
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 worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Micheal Crichton's Jurassic Park. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Zoom-In: Famous Women in US History- Pocahontas, Betsy Ross, Helen Keller, Susan B. Anthony and Rosa Parks
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.
Ecotourism in National Parks and Wilderness
Students develop a plan for ecotourism after researching a nearby national park or wild area.
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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.
Ice Cream Van
In an open-ended problem, learners calculate costs involved in driving an ice cream van. Is it better to park in one place or drive through different neighborhoods? Learners look at these and other factors and must make reasonable estimations to find the answer. Might work best as a group or whole-class activity.
Goods and Services: Some are Private, Some are Not
Who fixes the swings at the park? The class creates a community bulletin board to explore the goods and services provided for their community in both the private and government sectors. They discuss taxes, consumers' wants and needs, and community cost benefits.
What are the Main Ideas?
Prior to beginning Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks, model for your class members how to determine the main idea of a text. Exercepts from another story are provided to use for the demonstration. The focus then shifts to Rosa Parks' autobiography and modeling continues with Chapter 1. For guided practice, learners use a main idea web to determine the main idea of Chapter 2. Chapter 3 then provides an opportunity for independent practice.
Students identify examples of humans altering nature and the positive and negative effects of these behaviors for both humans and nature. They assess the impact of tourism on specific national parks, as well as conservation efforts in those parks.
Third graders are introduced to the problem with a short discussion about parking. They then solve with a partner. As they work ask questions that focus on the strategies they are using to make the calculations.
An Act of Courage, The Arrest Records of Rosa Parks
High schoolers research accounts on Rosa Parks and look for differences between the modern form and an older report on Parks. They discuss why information about race and nationality are collected on these and other forms.
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.
Expanding the Mission: Historical Parks
Students 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. Students create a persuasive presentation about a local park which should be represented nationally.
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.
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.
Mapping the National Parks
Students research national parks. In this science lesson plan, students view a video about the national parks and discuss the environments found within the national parks.
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.
America's Western National Parks (video) Questions
In this national parks worksheet, students watch a video on America's Western National Parks and answer short answer questions about it. Students answer 19 questions.
Conservation 'Ad'vice for National Parks
Students discuss ways that the public can damage as well as preserve our natural and cultural resources. Small groups are each assigned one of the national parks and must design a poster or TV commercial that celebrates the importance of national parks.