Students watch short videos about Colorado’s four National Parks. As a class, watch the videos about Mesa Verde, Rocky Mountain, Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Parks and have students write down three facts about each park. Discuss why they think each park is special.
Students find Mesa Verde, Rocky Mountain, Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon on the map. What other places in Colorado are close to these four parks? Find where your school is located on the map. What is the closest park to you? How would you travel to get there?
Students reflect on what they’ve learned about the National Parks so far:
Create a postcard, draw a picture of your favorite park and write a message.
Write a short story about one of the parks.
Interview someone who has visited a National Park in Colorado. What did they see and do? Why do they think the park is special?
The class selects a park. Look at the the map together and have students pick one National Park, Monument or Historic Site to explore more. Read the fun facts about that park.
Students look at the website for their Park or Monument on the History Colorado site (link) Look at the Plan Your Visit section of the National Park website. Have students make a list of 3-4 sites in the park that they would like to visit or learn more about.
Students will work individually or in small groups to research more about a specific place, animal, plant, or person from Colorado’s National Parks and will give a short “ranger talk” or create a video commercial
Students select one of the National Parks, National Monuments or Historic Sites from the map.
Students use the graphic organizer (link to pdf) to create to gather information as they explore the website, watch videos, etc.
Have students use the questions on the graphic organizer to gather information as they explore the website, watch videos, etc. individually or in small groups.
Students then create a poster, a ranger tour, or a video commercial that is by one of the groups of people (scientists, historians, park visitors, people who live near the park) that will convince other people why this park is important.