Are you studying the western region of the United States? Looking to engage your students with the national parks? Look no further than Glacier National Park! I’ve compiled my top 5 tips for teaching with Glacier National Park!
1.) Become a Remote Junior Ranger
Most of you reading this don’t live within field trip range to Glacier National Park. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have your students become Junior Rangers. They have the entire booklet online, and packets can be mailed in. I also like to pair my students’ learning with a video from Rock the Park or the Arts and Culture project that Google and the NPS paired up for. (*please note, right now Glacier NP says they are not accepting large groups of packets to be mailed in, only families or individuals. Perhaps, encourage families to mail them in or place them each in their own envelope and mail them).
2.) Read about the Park
Having books about the park available for your students is a great way to have them learn about the park. Below is a list of a few of my favorite books, and you can click here to check out my Glacier National Park book list on Epic. Not a member yet? Learn more about this free resource here!
3.) Skype with the Park
Since we all can’t visit the park, bring the park to your classroom! It is super easy to set up a Skype or Zoom (or Google Meet) call with a ranger from Glacier National Park. Over the years I have done a bunch of calls with rangers and they have all been fantastic. To learn more about the programs that Glacier offered, check them out here.
4.) Teach about more than the Park
5.) Keep it Simple
Looking to easily add the national parks into your lessons? Grab my Glacier National Park Reading Comprehension activities. In this week-long reading unit students will learn about the park using both fiction and non-fiction, new vocabulary words, text connections, park brochure and pennant, and MORE! AND I have both a printable and digital version. Grab these here!
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