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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  • Cover of the Education Journal.

    Shenandoah National Park is a significant part of our nation’s history as well as Virginia’s environment and economy. In this lesson, students will explore the historical, cultural, economic, and ecological significance of the Park through classroom activities and a field trip. This lesson addresses multiple Virginia Standards of Learning, providing an in-depth learning experience with cross-curricular activities in history, social studies, language arts, science, and math.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Tenth Grade
    Subjects:
    African American History and Culture, Climate Change, Conservation, Ecology, Economics, Environment, Geography, Government, History, Planning/Development, Public Policy, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Regional Studies, Social Studies, U.S. Presidents, Wilderness
  • 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
  • A park ranger holds up a photo while a child holds up another picture beside her.

    Shenandoah National Park is an important natural and cultural resource in Virginia’s Blue Ridge geographic region. Students in the 9 Virginia counties that border this long and narrow national park will discover those resources and the National Park Service mission with ranger-led in-class activities such as modeling park careers, analyzing artifacts, investigating geologic samples, and writing creative responses while gaining classroom knowledge about Virginia’s history, geology and geography.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Conservation, Geography, Geology, History
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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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    Shenandoah Residents

    Ranger showing kids a plant

    Plants and animals live all around us and each one has the same life needs. Students will explore Shenandoah National Park to discover the different plants and animals that live in the park. Students will investigate how, where and why plants and animals meet their life needs in their respective environments and how Shenandoah National Park provides protection for plants and animals.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    First Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Conservation, Wilderness
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    Exploring Earth Science

    Llittle Stony Man Cliffs

    Exploring Earth Science in Shenandoah National Park provides middle and high school teachers with the support materials and training necessary to use Shenandoah National Park to instruct earth science and geology. Teachers must attend an instructional workshop to receive the materials and training.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Seventh Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Wilderness
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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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