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Promote a National Park

Students will select one of the least-visited national parks and conduct research to learn more about it. They will use what they learned to create an informational package about the park.

PROCESS:

  1. As a class, review the article for basic information on the six least-visited national parks in America. Discuss how the parks are alike. Challenge students to identify characteristics that make each one unique.
  2. Point out that one reason fewer people visit these parks is that the parks are remote. It takes time, money and effort to get there. But as the article points out, the parks are spectacular and have a lot to offer those who make the trek.
  3. As a class, in small groups or with a partner, have students conduct research to learn about one or more of these national parks. What is the landscape like? What plants and animals live there? How can visitors get there? When they do, what facilities (lodging, trails, etc.) are available for them to use
  4. Have students create an informational package about the national park they investigated. Encourage students to brainstorm ideas for a slogan that will tie the details together and entice more people to visit. 

ASSESSMENT: 

Invite students to present their work to the class. Instruct them to explain how their work connects to the overall slogan. Challenge them to explain how the information they presented will entice more people to visit the national park.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
As a class, select one national park from the article. Brainstorm ideas and select an overall slogan for the park. Then divide the class into small groups. Assign groups to investigate animals, plants, landscape, location, facilities or the logistics of reaching the park. Instruct each group to create a one-page entry with text and illustrations about their topic for the informational package about the national park. 
Grades 5-6:
Divide the class into six groups. Assign each group one national park from the article. Instruct students to investigate animals, plants, landscape, location, facilities and the logistics of reaching the park. Once they've gathered information, challenge groups to come up with a catchy slogan specific to their park. Then have them create a simple informational package with text and illustrations about their park. Remind students to tie everything back to the park's slogan.
Grades 7-8: 
Divide the class into pairs. Instruct each pair to select one national park from the article. Then give them time to investigate topics including animals, plants, landscape, location, facilities and the logistics of reaching the park. Once they've gathered information, challenge partners to come up with a catchy slogan specific to their park. Instruct partners to create a detailed informational package about their park. Formats for the packages may vary. Remind students to tie everything back to the park's slogan.
Grades 9-10:
Divide the class into pairs. Instruct each pair to select one national park from the article. Then give them time to investigate topics including animals, plants, landscape, location, facilities and the logistics of reaching the park. Once they've gathered information, challenge partners to come up with a catchy slogan specific to their park. Instruct them to then create a detailed informational package about their park that connects to the slogan. Formats for the packages may vary. As a final challenge, instruct students to outline a strategy for how they will use their informational packages to increase the number of park visitors in the coming year.