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  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Caring For Our Forests - A Legacy of Stewardship

    Caring For Our Forests - A Legacy of Stewardship

    This is a Global Studies and English unit that is ideally designed as part of a forest-focused, across the curriculum unit, which would complement work being done in the subject specific areas of math, science, and physical education of a typical middle school in Vermont. This unit could also stand on its own in terms of a place-based unit using forests as its focal point

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Seventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Community, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Landscapes, Mathematics, Physical Education, Physical Science
  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    A Forest Year Soil Unit

    A Forest Year Soil Unit

    Through the study of their natural environment, the children develop a strong attachment to and respect for the land. Weekly visits over the course of a year foster an awareness of the natural rhythms of the seasons. Empathy for the natural world and a sense of place results from direct study of the forest. The children become aware of the interdependency of plants, animals, and people as they learn about the forest ecosystem. The unit was developed to meet the district science requirement.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    First Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Community, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Environment, Landscapes
    National/State Standards:
    4.6 Understanding Place; 7.11 Analysis:Students analyze and understand living and non-living systems; 7.13 Organisms, Evolution, and Interdependence; 7.15 Theories, Systems, and Forces
  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Interpreting a Place

    Interpreting a Place

    Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. Make strategic use of digital media

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade - Ninth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civic Engagement, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Geography, Landscapes, Language Arts, Literature, Poetry, Reading, Writing
  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Mount Tom From Farm to Forest: Exploring Changes in Land Use in New England

    Mount Tom From Farm to Forest: Exploring Changes in Land Use in New England

    “From Farm to Forest” will serve as an introduction to a grade 7 world geography course. To best understand the role of the 5 themes of geography as these apply globally, this unit will apply these very themes locally to our historical connection of agriculture as well as our sense of place here in Woodstock Vermont.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Seventh Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Agriculture, Community, Ecology, Environment, Geography, History, Landscapes, Social Studies
    National/State Standards:
    H&SS7-8:11; H&SS7-8:8; H&SS7-8:12;
  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Our Unique Place Lesson Plan

    Our Unique Place Lesson Plan

    The creators of the unit want to use a specific place in Woodstock, VT to bring new geographic skills to life for seventh graders. The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is a special place in which Woodstock Union Middle School has had a strong relationship. Students will showcase their geography skills by creating live presentations to distribute to local libraries. Experts from the park will give feedback on the presentations in preparation for an evening event.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Seventh Grade - Seventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Agriculture, Community, Environment, Geography, History, Landscapes, Language Arts, Linguistics, Writing
    National/State Standards:
    Reading: R7:12; R7:15, R7:16; Writing: W7:1, W7:4, W7:6, W7:8, W7:9
  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Creating Sculptures from Natural Materials

    Creating Sculptures from Natural Materials

    Students will address real world issues through considering their impact on the environment, creating public site-specific art for a national historical park, integrating interdisciplinary understandings, and collaborating with a diverse group.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Civic Engagement, Community, Conservation, Design, Ecology, Landscapes, Service Learning, Textiles
    National/State Standards:
    Create natural material site-specific sculpture that encourages or challenges viewers or visitors to look more closely and notice what is unique in the nature environment.
  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Building Stewardship Through Science - Mercury in Our Environment

    Building Stewardship Through Science - Mercury in Our Environment

    By working with various partners, including Dartmouth College's Toxic Metals Research Program, students determine mercury levels in macroinvertebrates taken from the Pogue (pond) in Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Students learn how mercury moves through air, water, and through the food chain. By reading Marsh, learning about Billings and Rockefeller, students will cultivate a sense of stewardship and reflect on their own choices.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade - Tenth Grade
    Subjects:
    Aquatic Studies, Chemistry, Climate Change, Ecology, Environment, Health, Landscapes, Physical Science, Science and Technology, Wildlife Biology
    National/State Standards:
    Established Goal: To have students become stewards of the land by conducting empirical research related to toxins in their local environment.
  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Teaching with Museum Collections

    Teaching with Museum Collections

    Students will make detailed observations and create two artistic images, one realistic and other abstract, based on a landscape painting’s most important features. Students will reflect on their chosen painting and the experience of interacting in depth with a specific work of art and compose label-style text about their chosen painting. Students will collaboratively design and develop Hudson River School-style murals.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Teaching with Museum Collections

    Teaching with Museum Collections

    Students will make detailed observations and create two artistic images, one realistic and other abstract, based on a landscape painting’s most important features. Students will reflect on their chosen painting and the experience of interacting in depth with a specific work of art and compose label-style text about their chosen painting. Students will collaboratively design and develop Hudson River School-style murals.

    Type:
    Curriculum Units
    Grade level:
    Third Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Conservation, Environment, History, Landscapes, Language Arts, Museum Studies, Social Studies
    National/State Standards:
    NL-ENG.K-12.7Evaluating Data; NL-ENG.K-12.12Apply Language Skills; NSS-USH.5-12.4ERA; NA-VA.K-4.2Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions; NA-VA.5-8.4Understand the Visual Arts Relation to History and Cultures; NT.K-12.3Technology Productivity Tools
  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Migratory Birds Lesson Plans

    Migratory Birds Lesson Plans

    The park partnered with Change the World Kids to develop a service learning project for youth on migratory birds in VT and environmental stewardship.

    Type:
    Curriculum Units
    Grade level:
    First Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Climate, Climate Change, Conservation, Ecology, Regional Studies, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management