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Got Park? Or if you build it, they will come!
Students use GIS and GPS technology to evaluate, research, locate, and recommend where a new park should be located that benefit the community.
PLANNING A PARK
Students plan a park for their community. They interview older citizens and recognize the planning that needs to take place for the planning of the park.
Lesson Plans for the Novel "Jurassic Park"
Pupils read the book, Jurassic Park, then answer questions.
Geotourism: Be A Friend to Our Parks
Students explore the concept of geotourism. They identify the reasons for creating national parks or other preservation areas. Students define the basic principles of geotourism and construct a list of geo-friendly rules that visitors should follow when visiting national parks.
National Park Brochure
Students design and produce a brochure that includes everything anyone would want to know about a U.S. National Park. They design the brochure incorporating the researched information, graphics and saved images advertising the park to entice visitors.
Our National Parks
Young scholars create a report about State or National Parks. The research is done on the Internet in order to integrate technology into the curriculum. Students also produce a newsletter about their findings.
Pupils complete a variety of written and discussion activities regarding Rosa Parks and the Alabama bus boycott and how they changed an accepted way of life in America.
Students use information from the Time 100: Rosa Parks Web site to explore Parks's decision to challenge Montgomery's segregation laws. They answer four questions and apply this information by delivering an introductory speech.
Students complete activities that go along with the study of and possible fieldtrip to Columbus Park in Chicago, IL. They discover how urban conditions influenced the creation of city parks. They examine the preservation of historic landscapes.
Rosa Parks- Life in a Box
Third graders analyze primary sources on Rosa Parks. In this life in a box lesson, 3rd graders examine artifacts belonging to Rosa Parks and images. Students reflect on what they learned about this influential person in history.
For this geography worksheet, students examine the names of 15 National Parks in America. Students locate the names in a word search puzzle.
Building a Mini-park And Bird Sanctuary Lesson 3: Location, Location, Location
Students work cooperatively using the democratic process to select a place for a park. They identify how the garden in the park will look. They write a five paragraph essay as an assessment.
Rosa Parks - History with integrated literature
Students read several passages on Rosa Parks. They set up a simulation of the bus incident inside the classroom. Students discuss and analyze the outcomes of their simulation together as a class.
Looking for a Windshield Experience
Students identify American geography by participating in a national parks activity. In this road trip lesson, students view the Ken Burns documentary "National Parks" and identify the importance of automobiles in the park system. Students complete graphic organizers based on the video information and discuss the automobile policy in the parks.
Problems at Cliffs of the Neuse
Students assume the roles of members of the Cliffs of the Neuse Sate Park and must develop an action plan in response to a complaint about possible water quality problems and associated human illnesses. Students conduct research on the water quality in small groups and present their findings in an oral presentation containing at least three visual aids and handouts.
Reading Comprehension 6: Level 9
Did you know that an acre of trees can absorb as much carbon dioxide as a car emits in 11,000 miles of driving? Such fun facts abound in a short reading comprehension passage detailing the benefits of parks and rooftop gardens. After reading the passage, students are tested on their ability to recall facts, to draw inferences, to compare and contrast information, and to describe the organizational structure of the passage. The precise explanations included in the answer key detail why one answer is correct and the reading strategies used to determine the correct response.
Ecosystem Interactions in Refuges
Seventh graders, using national parks as models, illustrate the energy flow in ecosystems. Working in groups, they use murals, flow charts, or other visual displays to record their findings. Students represent the food chains and webs found in the environments they examine. Although this instructional activity focuses on Canadian parks, it can be adapted to fit any nature refuge.
This is America
Students explore world geography by viewing a documentary film in class. In this national parks lesson plan, students view the Ken Burns documentary about the subject and identify the contributions of individuals in support of the parks system. Students complete park graphic organizers and create a presentation about changes they wish to make in society.
Water Pollution Lesson Plan: All Messed Up
Students map and calculate the area of the school parking lot and then the volume of water falling on the school parking lot. They map the route surface runoff will take to the nearest water body and describe the roles that human activity and runoff play in urban nonpoint source pollution.
Writing About Outdoor Activities
Students discuss what they love about parks and being outside. In this outdoors lesson plan, students read an article about parks and write persuasive descriptive letters about being outside in the park.