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Monday Morning Ready04.20.2015
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After nearly 100 years, the National Park Service holds some of the country's most beautiful and historic places, though it also suffers from an $11 billion backlog of unfunded maintenance and a visitor base that's aging and mostly white. With its centennial approaching in 2016, the park service has launched a campaign to raise support and court a younger, more diverse visitor base... < read more >
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
Grade 3-4

During the next school year, all fourth graders and their families will get free admission to national parks. Do you think it's fair that this only applies to fourth graders? Why do you think the National Park Service is doing this?

Grade 5-6

California Rep. Tom McClintock stated that the National Park Service should fix existing parks before naming new ones. Do you agree? Why or why not?

Grade 7-8

Why do you think the National Park Service is having problems attracting a younger, more diverse visitor base? What would you do to encourage more people to visit national parks?

Grade 9-10

According to the article, hundreds of millions of dollars are needed to rebuild the infrastructure of our national parks. If you were in charge of distributing the government's money, would you give the National Park Service these funds or would you spend it on another priority? Why?

LESSON PLAN
Make a Brochure

PROCESS:

  1. Provide an assortment of brochures. Encourage students to compare the content and appearance of multiple examples. Which brochures do students like the most? Which do they think are most effective? Why?
  2. Identify an overall topic that you’ve been studying class. In small groups, with a partner or on their own, instruct students to select a focus for a brochure. Encourage them to conduct research to learn more about that topic.
  3. Explain the format that you'd like students to use. Remind students that the purpose of a brochure is to inform people about a specific topic. Then give students time to complete their brochures.

ASSESSMENT:

All brochures should contain facts and photos relevant to the topic.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
Provide art supplies so students can make a hard copy of their brochures. Have students create their brochures in small groups.

Grades 5-6:
Provide art supplies so students can make a hard copy of their brochures. If you wish, give them the option of using a digital program to create an electronic version. Have students create their brochures with a partner.

Grades 7-8:
Introduce students to the Unigrid System of design. Then give students the option of using this process as they work with a partner to create a digital brochure.

Grades 9-10:
Introduce students to the Unigrid System of design. Then challenge students to use this process as they each create their own digital brochure.

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