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National Parks Project
Transcript of National Parks Project
National Park Service Organic Act, 16 U.S.C.1.
-- Creating a National Park --
In 1872 the first ever national park was created.
Yellowstone National Park ushered in a new era of
conservation and land use in the United States. In
addition, the creation of YNP altered the way people
and governments all over the world viewed the protection
of natural areas. Since 1872, almost 400 parks have been
added to the National Park System here in the United States.
Conduct geographic research on a selected western state.
Determine an area (based on geographic research) to establish a “new” national park.
Research the chosen area to determine why this would be a good area to establish a national park.
Construct a poster displaying all the information about the “new” national park.
Engagement: Voice Thread exploration of different national parks
Exploration: Students, working in "Design Teams", will determine a geographic location to establish a new national park. Students will use http://www.nationalatlas.gov and http//maps.google.com to help with this task.
Explanation: During this phase of the project, students will explore their chosen areas from multiple angles. These include a mathematical view (area, perimeter, miles of roads), historical perspective (land use in the past, current socio-economic dynamics), and scientific standpoint (ecosystems, climate, keystone plant and animal species).
Elaboration: Once the "Design Teams" have concluded their
explorations of the areas, they will construct a brochure/map
about their area. These brochures will be very similar to the ones
visitors will receive when they visit a national park today.
Evaluation: Upon completion of the brochure portion of this unit,
each Design Team will be evaluated based on a comprehensive rubric.
The research component will be evaluated as well as the formal brochure
itself. Attention will be paid to accuracy of descriptions, depth of information,
and grammar and language usage in the written sections of the brochure.