Lesson Plan: Endangered national parks
April 29, 2000
National Geography Standards (Grades 9-12):
CNNfyi article: Endangered national parks
Two 45-minute classroom periods for each activity
1. Direct students to read/view the CNNfyi story on endangered national parks.
2. By way of review, discuss the following questions:
Assessment (use one or both of the activities):
1. Divide your class into 10 groups. Refer each group back to the article to select one of the endangered parks from the NPCA's list. Direct each group to prepare a presentation about the park, indicating its location, size, features and attractions. Ask students to identify the land's ecosystem, why this land was chosen to be a national park, why it is endangered, and what, if anything, is being done to preserve the park. Following each presentation, have students discuss whether additional measures should be taken to protect the park. Have students consider the benefits and drawbacks of limiting tourism and development.
2. The National Park System comprises 378 areas covering more than 83.3 million acres in every state (except Delaware), the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Direct each student to select a state and write a report about the environmental, historical and cultural significance of one of the state's national parks. Have students identify the national parks on a map of the U.S. and share their papers. Then facilitate a discussion about whether or not the U.S. national parks are a vital resource, worthy of preservation.
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