Lesson Plan

Producing a National Park Experience

If you haven't visited a national park before, you will want to after you read what these kids have to say!
Karen D.
Technology Integrationist
Fairbury Public Schools
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness

Students will be able to...

identify the diversity of environments found in the national parks

research and describe the physical characteristics of a national park

research and describe the human characteristics of a national park

create a visual "tour" or representation of a specific national park using a digital presentation tool (http://piktochart.com/)

share the tour with others in the classroom and beyond

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 5 – 9
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter

This lesson was adapted from:

I set up the class to be used with the Canvas LMS.  Students can basically go through the "National Parks" experience independently after being taught about the 5 themes of geography.

Student Instructions

This activity involves creating a word cloud of your impressions after viewing a video clip about national parks. You will use a digital word cloud generator - Word It Out 
1. Watch the introductory video. 
2. Complete the video viewing graphic organizer
3. Create your word cloud
3. Take a screen shot of it 
and submit it in Canvas. (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/taking-screenshots-chromebook/ (You may use these in your presentation)  You will need a minimum of 10 words.

2 Direct Instruction

Teach students about  the 5 themes of geography.  A link to Mr. Donn's page for PowerPoint resources is included.

3 Guided Practice

After teaching the students about the 5 themes of geography, play Kahoot.it with your students to check for understanding.

Student Instructions

Go to   https://kahoot.it/#/ and enter the game pin.

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Investigating

Monitor students as they embark on their journey through our nation's national parks.

Student Instructions

All of us have a perception of what constitutes a park, depending largely on our past experiences and where we live. People in urban areas may see an expanse of green lawn between buildings. Those in more rural areas might describe a park as acres of untouched forest. But a survey of America’s national parks reveals many types of environments, from volcanoes and glaciers to sand dunes and marshlands.
In this lesson, you will research a National Park, document important information about that park, and present your findings in a Piktograph (https://magic.piktochart.com (Links to an external site.)). You will use online resources from the National Parks Service and other links to gather information. If you have recently visited a National Park or plan to take a trip in the near future, you can incorporate your recordings (writings, photos, videos, etc.) of the experience in your presentation. After you have developed your presentation, you may share your story on the National Parks Foundation “Find Your Park (Links to an external site.)” website.  Please visit the resource links available and view the rubric.  Have fun!

Project Rubric

Park Profile Chart (Links to an external site.) (Use this chart as you complete your research.)

https://magic.piktochart.com (Links to an external site.) (Use this to create your presentation)

Piktochart Tutorial (Links to an external site.)

List of National Parks by State (Links to an external site.)

Youtube Playlist of US National Parks (Links to an external site.)

http://www.nationalparks.org/explore-parks (Links to an external site.)

http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm (Links to an external site.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_national_parks_of_the_United_States (Links to an external site.)

http://usparkinfo.com/ (Links to an external site.)

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/national-parks/ (Links to an external site.)

5 Wrap Up

Activity: Presenting

Students will celebrate by sharing their presentations with the class.

Student Instructions

Please share your presentation on your national park with the class.