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  • 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
  • Weir Farm National Historic Site

    Art Alive! (Grades 5-8)

    Students act out a skit in a giant frame placed in a historic painting site.

    The student will be able to: Describe the natural and cultural characteristics of Weir Farm National Historic Site and relate them to the larger context of the National Park Service. Explain the progression of artists at Weir Farm National Historic Site and describe each artist’s contribution to the park’s history. Describe characteristics of American Impressionism in comparison with other art movements, styles, and contexts. And more!

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Social Studies, Visual Arts
    National/State Standards:
    Connecticut Curriculum Framework
  • Weir Farm National Historic Site

    Art Alive! (Grades 1-4)

    A student and park ranger touch a reproduction sculpture in the Young Studio.

    Student will be able to: Recognize Weir Farm National Historic Site as being part of the National Park System. Recognize the importance of preserving places of natural, historical, and cultural significance. Identify the three artists who lived and painted at Weir Farm National Historic Site. Discuss personal responses to specific artwork. Compare and relate artwork of the park to the modern landscape. Recognize a studio as an artist’s workspace. Create artwork using a variety of media.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    First Grade-Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Social Studies, Visual Arts
    National/State Standards:
    Connecticut Curriculum Framework
  • Weir Farm National Historic Site

    Weir Farm: Home of an American Impressionist

    Weir Farm: Home of an American Impressionist

    This lesson plan is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file, "Weir Farm Historic District," Julian Alden Weir’s writings, correspondence, and the artwork he created at Weir Farm National Historic Site. This lesson plan is one in the Teaching with Historic Places series that brings the important stories of historic places into classrooms across the country.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, History, Social Studies
    National/State Standards:
    History Standard 1B, 1D, 2C
    Social Study Standards: Theme III: Standard A & G; Theme IV: Standard B
  • Weir Farm National Historic Site

    Weir Am I?

    Students tour the park's cultural landscape.

    Student will be able to: Recognize the importance of maps in their surrounding environments. Explain why maps are important to society.
    Design an original map of Weir Farm National Historic Site incorporating park resources and landscape features. Identify the different sites associated with Weir Farm National Historic Site. Navigate through the park using park maps.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    First Grade-Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Geography, Language Arts, Social Studies, Writing
    National/State Standards:
    Common Core Standards: 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.5
    School philosophy goals met: critical thinking, creativity, communication, place-based learning
  • Weir Farm National Historic Site

    Art Alive! (Grades 9-12)

    Students admire Weir's granite boulder while exploring Weir Pond.

    The student will be able to: Describe the natural and cultural characteristics of Weir Farm National Historic Site and relate them to the larger context of the National Park Service. Explain the progression of artists at Weir Farm National Historic Site and describe each artist’s contribution to the park’s history. Compare and contrast American Impressionism to other art movements. Compare and relate artwork of the site to the modern landscape. Reflect critically on the works of art. And more!

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Social Studies, Visual Arts
    National/State Standards:
    Connecticut Curriculum Framework