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Students, beginning individually and later in small groups use the decision making model to address the question of reintroducing the wolf into Yellowstone National Park. Each small group elects a spokesperson to report to the class, followed by a class discussion of each group's decision.
Students complete activities with the book Boycott Blues by Andrea Davis. In this Rosa Parks lesson plan, students listen to the story and look at Rosa's contribution to the Montgomery bus boycott. They look at life during segregation and discuss Civil Rights leaders.
Students explore the plants that grow in Glacier National Park. In this plant biology lesson, students invite a guest speaker to speak about plants that grow in Glacier National Park, as well as the scientific names for the plants. Students use a dictionary of word roots to look up the definition of each scientific name for the plants that grow in the park.
Fifth graders complete a variety of projects to learn about Arkansas history. In this Arkansas lesson plan, 5th graders go on a field trip to a state park, explore an Arkansas map, put play-dough on the trail of De Soto, color regions of Arkansas, and more.
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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.
Students 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. Students 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 plan, 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.
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.
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 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 participate in a study of literature with the guided reading of "At The Park". They practice the skills of beginning sounds with the use of phonics and concept of print by matching illustrations with intended meanings.
Students examine a photo to experience history. In this teaching tolerance lesson, 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 lesson, 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 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?
Students explore forest communities. In this biology and ecosystems science lesson, students view National Park web sites and identify specific plants and animals. Students sort pictures into groups of animals or plants and complete a "What am I?" worksheet.
In this photo details worksheet, students, after visiting Kennywood Park, write the location of forty-eight photos underneath each photo on the lines provided. Students check their answers at the end with their teacher/group leader.