Lesson Plan

What is a National Park?

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Fifth Grade
Subject:
Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Recreation Ecology, Social Studies, Wilderness
Duration:
60 minutes
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
Georgia Performance Standards: Map Skills

Overview

In this lesson, students will learn about the National Park system and how land is designated as a national park. They will also have the opportunity to work in a group to create their own national park.

Objective(s)

By participating in this activity, students will be able to:

  • define stewardship.
  • define wilderness.
  • explain the purpose of a national park.
  • work with a group to create a map of a national park.

Background

Download the What is a National Park? lesson plan to obtain necessary background information and instructions for completing this activity. You may also want to explore the list of Additional Resources, below, to learn more about the national park system and how it works.

Materials

Extensions

Students may enjoy exploring the following resource on their own, or with their families:

Additional Resources

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