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Children love parks, and this unit expands that love to the country’s national parks and historical sites. The lessons will increase their geographical, historical, and political knowledge of how national parks were created. The students will be made aware of just how a national park or historical site comes into being. Another important aspect of this unit will be to introduce children to some of the famous people involved in National Parks discoveries and explorations, such as Jim Bridger, Judge Cornelius Hedges, and John Muir. The reading of “The Yosemite,” by John Muir, should help stimulate concern in pupils for the continuing preservation of these natural areas.
(Recommended for Social Studies, grade 5)
U.S. National Parks