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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  • Shenandoah National Park

    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
  • A group of children gather around in a circle as they look at a salamander

    The Shenandoah salamander is an endangered species found only on a few rocky slopes within Shenandoah National Park. Its survival is being threatened by changing climate and habitat competition from the more common red-backed salamander. Students will conduct field research on the red-backed salamander to compare the two salamander species’ habitat requirements and determine how climate change and habitat competition are impacting the survival of the Shenandoah and red-backed salamanders.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Seventh Grade-College Undergraduate Level
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Climate Change, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
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