Lesson Plan

Card Conclusion

Cards showing a bat, a pine cone, a rock, and a polluting pipe

Tom Foster

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Grade Level:
Kindergarten-Third Grade
Art, Environment, Geography, Social Studies
25-45 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 36
indoors or outdoors
card game, pollution, National Parks


This lesson plan is from "Making Connections: A Curriculum Guide to Mammoth Cave National Park, GrK-3", which comprises ten lessons.  This is lesson 109 of that set.

Collect cards to form a national park.  But avoid the pollution!


The students will be able to:
  1.  Work productively in small groups to collect all of the cards needed to make a park 
  2.  Make appropriate decisions to collect the needed cards


National parks were established to protect the resources found within their boundaries. These resources include plants, animals, rocks and the land, and people. People include persons important in the park’s history, visitors, and park staff. Each park has significant resources that have helped to establish it as a national park.  


36 cards*, total:
  • 6 people cards
  • 6 rock cards 
  • 6 plant cards
  • 6 animal cards 
  • 6 arrowhead cards
  • 5 ranger hat cards 
  • 1 pollution card. 
*These cards can be made from the examples found in the downloadable Lesson Plan at the top of the page, by gluing them to 3" x 5" index cards.  You may want the children to color the cards as an art lesson the day before you play the game.



The teacher is able to evaluate the students as they:
  • work cooperatively in small groups,
  • respect the opinions of others, 
  • negotiate with other groups.

Park Connections

National parks were established to preserve and protect the special resources found within their boundaries. Pollution can harm the park's plant life, animals, air, water, rocks and historic artifacts.  Pollution does not belong in a National Park!


  1. The teacher could have the students make their own cards by drawing or cutting out pictures from magazines. 
  2. The student could make a collage of pollution pictures that could effect Mammoth Cave National Park and their community. 
  3. The students could write another government agency, the U. S. Forest Service, and ask for information from or about Woodsy Owl.  


people, plants, animals, rocks, pollution, ranger hat, arrowhead, cards

Last updated: April 14, 2015