The wealth of themes explored in the PBS series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea offer an extraordinary educational opportunity for your classroom. Using clips from this series, as well as primary sources, this lesson explores Grand Teton National Park’s controversial expansion in the 1940s and 1950s. Students will investigate the reasons why park expansion was controversial as they gain an appreciation for opposing points of view and fact versus opinion.
This trunk introduces students one of the most pressing environmental issues facing our youth today -- climate change. The lessons are designed to help students understand and explore the causes, effects, and implications of climate change and explore some possible solutions. Using reading, math, and science skills, students will learn about the global implications of climate change as well as how park resources could be affected. Designed for students in grades 6-12.
Throughout history, the people of Jackson Hole have fostered a connection to this landscape. Our history trunk allows students to explore some of the stories of these connections. In this trunk you will find lessons, resources, and activities for three separate human history topics: Native Americans, Trappers, and Explorers. Students will learn how humans have responded and adapted to the environment of the park. These activities are designed with the 4th grade student in mind.
Bring the wonder of a Grand Teton winter into your classroom! The three lesson plans included in the trunk can be used together or separately. Students will learn how the earth's tilt and rotation causes winter in Wyoming, local animal adaptations for surviving winter, and wildlife tracking skills. The trunk includes animal furs, tracks, books, and other exciting materials to help you teach these lessons.
With a solid foundation in science and an appreciation for multiple points of view, students can explore the controversies that surround this animal. The activities in the trunk span multiple subjects; students will learn about wolves through scientific observations of skulls, tracks, and fur; reading and discussing texts; poetry-writing; social studies; critical thinking and more. Designed for 6th to 8th grade, but many activities can be easily adapted for older or younger audiences.