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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Cottonwood Trail Writing

    Dune grass

    There is a battle in the dunes where the plants and the wind fight for control of the sand. Students will demonstrate their understanding of this battle, and how humans affect it, through creative writing or poetry.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Ecology, Environment, Geology, Glaciers
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Glen Haven Post-visit Activity

    Yesterday’s blacksmith is today’s mechanic, tool and die maker, welder, ,

    In this lesson students will reflect on the experiences they had while visiting Glen Haven and connect that experience to current events. They will recognize the mission of the National Park Service and how it relates to them.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    First Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Agriculture, Community, Conservation, Ecology, Economics, Education, Entrepreneurs, Family Life, Geography, Government, History, Landscapes, Maritime History, Reading, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Sports, Transportation, Writing
    Keywords:
    sailor, shop keeper, Keeper, surfman, Blacksmith, timber framer, lumberjack, logger, sawmill worker, locomotive engineer, laundress, seamstress, maid, cook, Warehouse, cordwood, tramway, workers housing, crew’s quarters, Inn, General Store, ticket office, commercial fishing, protected anchorage, Life-Saving Station
  • Drawing of beaver lodge

    Lodges are beaver homes and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a great place for a beaver to live.  Have your students make a for sale flyer for a beaver home at Sleeping Bear.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Illustrate Your Service Learning Project

    Service learning project at Port Oneida

    In this activity, students compare their service site before and after completing their project using photos and art.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    The Arrowhead: Emblem of the National Park Service

    NPS Arrowhead

    In this lesson students will learn about the mission of the National Park Service and how it relates to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore through a guided exploration of elements represented on the NPS Arrowhead. Older students will also learn the difference between sites administered by the National Park Service and those administered by state and local governments.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Second Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Ecology, Glaciers, Historic Preservation, Maritime History, Social Studies, Wildlife Management
  • Great Lakes Piping Plover

    Students engage in an activity that simulates 1) the feeding behavior of the piping plover, and 2) factors that disturb both feeding and nesting of endangered Great Lakes piping povers. This activity is designed to get students actively thinking about the piping plover's needs and the things that are threatening this species’ survival.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Ninth Grade
    Subjects:
    Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Environment, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    A Letter to a Ranger

    Service learning project in Port Oneida

    Connect with a park ranger!

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Seventh Grade-Twelfth Grade
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Glen Haven Pre-visit Activity

    Stepping back in time, general store and transportation in Glen Haven

    The Glen Haven tour is designed to supplement classroom learning and bring history to life by providing students with new, first-hand experiences relating to Michigan’s maritime heritage through the mission of the National Park Service to “,preserve and protect,”

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    First Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Agriculture, Community, Conservation, Ecology, Economics, Education, Entrepreneurs, Family Life, Geography, Government, History, Landscapes, Maritime History, Reading, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Transportation, Writing
  • 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
  • Students will explore how wind direction and topography influence the formation of sand dunes.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geography, Geology, Hydrology
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