Curriculum Materials

Most of the curriculum materials listed here are for the curriculum-based field trip programs offered in the park.The Good Character, Good Stewards lessons are designed for teachers to use in their classrooms and school. Interactive, internet-based lessons can be found on the Distance Learning page.

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    Good Character, Good Stewards

    Students and the world around them.

    What does "stewardship" mean? How can we, as children now and all adults, care for our environment around us?  How can we can we care for the wildlife, plants, people, and nature around us?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Literacy and Language Arts,Science
  • Two kids hold up a large picture of a shenandoah salamander next to a park ranger who holds up an arrowhead, the symbol of the National Park Service.

    Shenandoah National Park is a refuge for many animals and plants that are pressured by human activities and other land uses. Shenandoah is home for the Shenandoah salamander, an endangered species that lives nowhere else on the planet. Human-accelerated climate change could cause a serious decline in population of the Shenandoah salamander. Students will learn about environmental threats and determine ways people can help protect species and care for their national parks and the environment.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Climate Change, Conservation, Environment, Wildlife Biology
  • Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    Keywords:
    National Parks, legacy, cultural resources, natural resources, heritage, climate change, careers, Wildland-Urban Interface
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    Habitats of Shenandoah

    Ranger showing kids a habitat

    A habitat is a specific place where plants and animals live. A complete habitat must provide the basic needs, both living and nonliving, for the survival of its inhabitants. Within each habitat, there are many complex relationships as residents strive to meet their needs. Shenandoah National Park offers the opportunity for students to discover and explore nature as they apply and expand concepts and knowledge learned in the classroom.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Second Grade
    Subjects:
    Botany, Conservation, Earth Science
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    Geology: Our Rockin' Earth

    View overlooking Little Stoney Man

    The Earth is constantly changing and evolving. These changes occur through natural processes such as plate tectonics, weathering, and erosion, while other changes are caused by human actions. By studying Earth’s dynamic geologic makeup and rock cycle, students will understand the forces and processes that create Earth’s various landforms and develop an appreciation for the importance of geology in people’s lives.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology
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    Come to Your Senses

    A kindergarten student taking a close up look at a plant in Shenandoah.

    A child investigates the world and learns about his/her surroundings through the five senses. Shenandoah National Park, with its abundance of flora and fauna, diversity of habitats, and variety of animals is a great place to expand a child’s sense of wonder and develop observation skills through hands-on discovery and nature experiences. Students will learn stewardship behaviors and find ways they can help protect and preserve the environment.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten
    Subjects:
    Botany, Earth Science, Ecology
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    Watersheds

    Watersheds

    Fresh water is a precious, non-renewable resource that is essential for life. People depend on it for drinking, transportation, livelihoods, and recreation. Water also provides habitat for many plants and animals. The manner in which this resource is protected has a direct impact upon the natural and human communities. Shenandoah National Park lies at the headwaters for three of Virginia’s watersheds.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Aquatic Studies, Conservation, Earth Science, Wildlife Management
    Keywords:
    Conservation, health, watersheds, Grade 6
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    Good Character, Good Stewards

    Images of children and Earth - the Good Character, Good Stewards cover graphic

    This interdisciplinary curriculum supplement for grades K-6 integrates character education with science, math, language arts, and social science lessons for the classroom. The activities focus on the concept of stewardship and the ideals of the National Park Service to provide relevant educational experiences that involve students and promote an understanding of their responsibility to care for the world and its resources.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Conservation, Geology, Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies
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    Ecosystems: The World-wide Web of Life

    Ecosystems: The World-wide Web of Life

    The world is composed of many natural ecosystems in which plants and animals interact with one another and the nonliving environment. Each species has a niche or job within the ecosystem and each is dependent on the other members of its community for survival. Students will explore the natural communities found in Shenandoah National Park and make comparisons between natural and human communities.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Conservation, Earth Science, Wildlife Biology
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    Adaptations for Survival

    Adaptations for Survival

    Living things use adaptations to respond to life needs for survival. These adaptations may be behavioral or physical in nature. Students will investigate adaptations of plants and animals living in Shenandoah National Park using observation, cooperation, discovery, and participation skills. As human and environmental impacts are evaluated, stewardship behaviors that support a healthy environment will be explored and practiced.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade
    Subjects:
    Conservation, Earth Science, Wilderness