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  • National Park of American Samoa

    Tropical Rainforest for Medicinal Purposes

    Tropical Rainforest for Medicinal Purposes

    Samoans have used plants and trees for about 3,000 years. Before Europeans discovered our islands, our ancestors depended on our tropical rainforest to sustain life, whether it would be for clothing, food or medicine.  Samoans realized the importance of these resources. While these practices are still vibrant today, our younger generations are slowly losing the knowledge and understanding about the significance of native plants and trees and how our people use them for medicinal purposes. 

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Agriculture, Biology: Plants, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Education, Medicine, Wildlife Biology
  • National Park of American Samoa

    Siapo: The Traditional Fabric of the Samoa Islands

    Siapo: The Traditional Fabric of the Samoa Islands

    Siapo, is one of the oldest Samoan cultural art forms. For centuries, Siapo has been passed down from generation to generation. Unfortunately, it is becoming a lost art.  Siapo is not only a decorative art, it is a symbol of Samoan culture. It is used for clothing, burial shrouds, bed covers, ceremonial garments, and much more.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Second Grade-Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Plants, Botany, Design, Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts
  • National Park of American Samoa

    What Are Corals?

    What Are Corals?

    Students will learn that corals are living animals. They will be introduced to some of the species that make up the biodiversity in coral reefs, and why coral reefs are an important habitat. This lesson will serve as a brief overview of coral anatomy, distribution, its physical properties, and why it is important to conserve coral reefs.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Wildlife Biology
  • National Park of American Samoa

    Carnivores, Herbivores, Omnivores?

    Carnivores, Herbivores, Omnivores?

    Most animals can be grouped by what and how many kinds of foods they eat. Animals that eat many different things are called generalists, while those that eat only one or a few foods are called specialists. True specialization is often a two-way dependency: an animal depends on a plant for food, and the plant depends on that animal to help it disperse its seeds. On remote islands like American Samoa, there are limited food supplies, and cyclones can cause serious shortages of food.

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    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Wildlife Biology
  • National Park of American Samoa

    Everybody Needs A Home

    Everybody Needs A Home

    The main purpose of this activity is for students to generalize that animals need a home. Homes are not just houses. A house may be considered shelter. People build houses, apartments, trailers, houseboats, and other kinds of shelter in which to live. Animals also need some kind of shelter. The shelter might be underground, in a bush, in the bark of a tree, or under some rocks.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Ecology, Environment, Reading, Visual Arts, Wildlife Biology
  • National Park of American Samoa

    Coral Reefs: A Chance Of Success

    Coral Reefs: A Chance Of Success

    Coral reefs are certainly one of our planet’s greatest natural attractions. During this activity, students will understand the three main environmental factors that corals need to survive and thrive on. Students will appreciate how fortunate we are in American Samoa to have all three important environmental factors in order for corals to survive. They will also learn how vitally important corals are, and what they need to do to protect these resources. 

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Education, Environment, Marine Biology
  • National Park of American Samoa

    How Do Coral Reefs Form?

    How Do Coral Reefs Form?

    Coral reefs provide a variety of habitats, each with its own set of characteristic species. Each species of coral comes in different shapes and forms. Activities implemented will give students an understanding of how coral reefs are formed. Starting from a single “polyp”, to a coral with skeleton attached, finally to a coral reef. Students will identify three different types of corals most commonly found in American Samoa and understand their growth by applying hands on activities.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Education, Environment, Marine Biology
  • National Park of American Samoa

    Coral Reefs: Ecosystems Dissolving

    Coral Reefs: Ecosystems Dissolving

    Corals face in our modern world, a great threat due to a projected change in water chemistry in the ocean due to global warming. Just as carbon dioxide (the main greenhouse gas causing global warming) is increasing in the air, it also increases in seawater in its dissolved form. That makes seawater more acidic which, in turn, may slow the rate at which corals build their calcium carbonate skeletons.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Climate, Climate Change, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Marine Biology, Wildlife Biology
  • National Park of American Samoa

    Our Tropical Rainforest

    Our Tropical Rainforest

    Most of the natural vegetation of American Samoa fits into the category of tropical rainforest. Tropical rainforests are found throughout the world in areas of warm climates and sufficient to plentiful year-round rainfall. The Samoan tropical rainforest originally extended from just inland of the shore up to the summits of the highest mountains, except on those peaks where soil factors or weather factors have created scrubby vegetation in which life forms other than tall trees are predominant.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Plants, Botany, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Geology
  • National Park of American Samoa

    Wildlife of the Tropical Rainforests

    Wildlife of the Tropical Rainforests

    This program motivates kids to think about the part each of them plays or the actions they can take in preserving and protecting the environment. Activity is focus on tropical rainforest and wildlife as the basis for teaching science through fun, hands-on things children already do and like like-art projects, and classroom demonstrations. Discover the amazing diversity of wildlife and habitats from the coastline to mountaintop.

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    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Agriculture, Art, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Physical Science, Reading, Visual Arts
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