#CelebrateWithDE National Park Service Centennial

In the centennial year of the National Park Service, celebrate its mission to “extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.” 

Bring the natural wonders of our national parks to your classroom with these resources and instructional ideas.

Yellowstone National ParkYellowstone

Grades K-2, 3-5

Preview the large image of Yellowstone National Park. Zoom in on different sections of the image and allow students to describe what they see using the Spotlight on Strategy: Quick Writes. Using their lists, ask students to create a Haiku. For additional support in using Haikus, use our Haiku interactive tool.


Geographic DictionaryGeographic_Dictionary

Grades 3-5, 6-8

Help prepare your students for the sights of the national parks with this interactive Geographic Dictionary. After reviewing the landforms, ask students to bring in their own pictures and create a class version.


North America’s Top TenTop_Ten_1

Grades 3-5, 6-8

Using the Spotlight on Strategy: Jigsaw, assign each student a different segment of North America’s Top Ten. Have students create a Discovery Education Board all about their region. Need more information on how students can create content in Discovery Education?  View our interactive module.


Discovering National ParksTop_Ten_2

Grades 3-5, 6-8

This Discovery Education-created board takes students through the exercise of exploring some of our National Parks and then creating an interpretive sign to tell visitors more about one of these parks or their chosen special place.


Family Vacation Writing PromptTop_Ten_3

Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8

After exploring resources about national parks, use this writing prompt to allow your students to share which national park they would want to visit with their family and why.





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