Lesson Plan

National Parks Showcase

Explore the beauty and splendor of America's national parks
Cathy C.
Technology coordinator
Cedar Hill Elementary School
Basking Ridge, NJ
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to utilize a variety of media to explore the US National Parks System

Students will be able to use Web 2.0 tools to conduct their research

Students will be able to use Web 2.0 tools to share their research findings

Students will be able to use a variety of Web 2.0 tools to create a showcase featuring their national park

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 4 - 7
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Anticipatory Set

Can anyone name a National Park? Has anyone ever visted one? How were they established?

Students will experience the beauty and splendor of America's national parks utilizing a variety of media including video, apps, and print materials.

Students can choose to:

1. View a YouTube playlist of National Parks videos

2. Use the iPad to explore National Parks apps

3. View the National Parks Service website

Students will complete a National Parks Quest to learn about the history of the National Parks system, and discover the majesty of the 58 national parks. Students will complete a KWL chart to assist in finalizing their selection of a national park to research.

2 Collaboration/Question development

Activity: Conversing

Students will be grouped according to interest to discuss what they would like to learn about their national park. Questions will be compiled, categorized and delegated to the group.

3 Conduct Research

Students will use a variety of tools to conduct research on their National Park. Choices include, but are not limited to:

Take notes with VideoNot.es while watching videos w/Closed Captioning turned on from YouTube (58National Parks, National Geographic, Finley Holiday channels) or other sources.

Take notes with Google Docs, Diigo, or NoodleTools while reading websites such as: National Park Service, National Parks Conservation Association. See also: National Parks Bitly Bundle

Take notes with Google Docs, Diigo, or NoodleTools while researching with World Book Online (Kids, Student or Advanced)


4 Showcase

Free, Paid
Google Drive
Free, Paid
Free, Paid

Students will collaboratively create a showcase utilizing a Web 2.0 tool of their choice featuring their national park. Showcases will be presented at the end of the unit.