Field Trip Program

Mr. Roosevelt's Neighborhood

Memorial plaza with fountain and statue of Theodore Roosevelt

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This two and a half hour program gives students hands-on experience exploring the diverse community of plants and animals found on Theodore Roosevelt Island. A wonderful outdoor classroom, Theodore Roosevelt Island provides an ideal setting for examining such concepts as community, interrelationships, and conservation. This program also exposes students to our dynamic 26th President and the history of the island that bears his name.

The student's experience begins with an encounter with a naturalist. With the Roosevelt memorial as a backdrop, the naturalist introduces students to the island, the National Park Service, and the community of life found on Theodore Roosevelt Island. Students leave this encounter with a new friend and a sense of excitement about the adventure that awaits.

As young naturalists, students will be part of a team assigned to investigate the island community. They will go for a walk around the island, taking copious notes and drawing sketches in their field journals, then share their discoveries with their fellow naturalists. This activity allows students to build their own model of the island's community while providing opportunities for discussion of interrelationships.

Related Documents:

To the Teacher

Pre-visit Activity: Theodore Roosevelt Ego Board

Pre-visit Activity: Island Vocabulary

Pre-visit Activity: Musical Chair Survival

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Community, Conservation, Environment, History, U.S. Presidents, Wildlife Management
National/State Standards:
District of Columbia (Science 2.6, 2.7, 3.5, 4.7 and Visual Arts 2.2, 3.2, 4.2)
Maryland (Science 4.3A, 4.3F and Visual Arts 4.1)
Virginia (Science 3.5, 3.6, 4.5, 5.5 and Visual Arts 3.5, 3.7, 4.6, 4.9, 4.11, 5.5, 5.11)
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