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Exploring our National Parks

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students utilize maps/Atlases to find key spatial information, locate U.S. National Parks, characterize the geography of a specific region, and create a National Park brochure.
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Photography and the National Park Service

For Teachers 9th - 12th
During the 1800s the United States was expanding westward; land was there for the taking.  Kids explore how some early photographers used their photography to influenced the US Congress to save areas like Mirror Lake. They complete a...
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National Parks

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students conduct research on the U.S. National Parks. They conduct Internet research, analyze maps, and create and solve riddles that present specific clues pertaining to a selected national park and it's location.
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Glacier Bay Seabirds

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
A gorgeous collection of photographs take viewers on a virtual tour or Glacier Bay National Park with a focus on the seabirds living in the area. Adaptations to the polar climate are highlighted, different species of birds are displayed,...
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USA National Parks Quiz

For Students 7th - 12th
In this online interactive geography quiz worksheet, students examine the chart that includes 58 state names. Students identify the names of the national parks in the listed states in 5 minutes.
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Making Your Own National Park Geologic Tour

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students research national parks. In this geology instructional activity, students identify the geological features of selected national parks and create PowerPoint presentations that feature their findings.
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Roosevelt's Legacy: Conservation

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
The legacy of Theodore Roosevelt carries through modern American politics, economics, foreign policy, and society. But his proudest and most profound efforts were in the world of conservation, and in preserving the natural beauty of...
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Discovering National Parks

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students work to preserve American National Parks. In this environmental activism lesson, students research the history of the national parks and determine why they were created. Students then focus on protecting the land, using it for...
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Mapping the National Parks

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
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.
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Tour Yellowstone National Park Scavenger Hunt

For Students 4th - 6th
In this Yellowstone National Park activity, students explore the Internet to access one specific website to find the answers to five fill in the blank facts about Yellowstone National Park.
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The People and Philosophy Behind Our National Parks: A Biographical Curriculum Unit

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars discover the interaction of American Literature, politics and the environmental movement. They explore the changing concept and philosophy of wilderness, and explain the development of The National Park System. They read...
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Restoration Channel Islands Debate

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Introduce learners to the debate format with an activity that uses the National Park Service's controversial Channel Islands restoration program as a topic. Class members learn how to generate provocative debate questions, how to prepare...
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The Ingredients Needed for a Musical National Park

For Teachers 4th - 6th
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.
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Exploring Joshua Tree National Park

For Students 3rd - 10th
In this Joshua Tree National Park worksheet, learners answer fact questions about Joshua Tree National Park. Students use the internet to answer 16 questions.
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Ecological Decision Making

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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,...
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Looking for a Windshield Experience

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Learners identify American geography by participating in a national parks activity. In this road trip instructional activity, students view the Ken Burns documentary "National Parks" and identify the importance of automobiles in the park...
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This is America

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Young scholars explore world geography by viewing a documentary film in class. In this national parks instructional activity, students view the Ken Burns documentary about the subject and identify the contributions of individuals in...
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Yellowstone Fires

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students assume the role of environmental biologists and help several government agencies resolve the debate surrounding "let it burn" policies in national parks.
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Channel Islands Film

A Time Capsule of a Lost Early California Lifestyle

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
After viewing The Last Roundup, a documentary that examines the transitioning of Santa Rosa from a privately owned island to a National Park, class members adopt the point of view of Tim Vail, a member of the family that once owned the...
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Channel Islands Film

First Contact: Lesson Plan 4 - Grades 5-6

For Students 5th - 6th Standards
After watching Treasure in the Sea, a documentary about Channel Islands National Park and the video First Contact, about the voyage of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo to the Channel islands, groups research and then compare the experiences of...
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Persuasive Practice: A Mt. Rushmore Addition

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Budding authors research a US President and persuade the National Park Service to add him to Mt. Rushmore. In addition to the persuasive essay, individuals are required to develop a visual presentation using a web-based software that...
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Glacier Bay Pacific Halibut

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
The National Park Service has produced a high-quality presentation on the halibut population of Glacier Bay, Alaska. It takes the viewpoint of the marine biologists or rather, ichthyologists, who have been studying the adaptations,...
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Rosa Parks

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore the life and works of Rosa Parks. In this Civil Rights instructional activity, students consider Rosa Parks' work as a philanthropist. Students then write a letter to someone that they admire for making a difference.
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Writing About Outdoor Activities

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
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...

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