⁣Lesson Plan: Exploring Joshua Tree National Park with Kids

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⁣Lesson Plan: Exploring Joshua Tree National Park with Kids

Grade Level: 3-5

Subject: Science / Social Studies

Duration: 60 minutes

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.7: Use information gained from illustrations and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.7: Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.7: Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

- Students will learn about Joshua Tree National Park and its unique features.
- Students will explore six specific places within the park that are suitable for exploration with kids.
- Students will create an informative brochure or poster highlighting these places.

- Pictures or videos of Joshua Tree National Park
- Drawing paper or poster board
- Art supplies (markers, colored pencils, etc.)
- Optional: Computers or tablets with internet access for research


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
- Begin the lesson by discussing the importance of national parks and their role in preserving natural landscapes and wildlife.
- Introduce Joshua Tree National Park as a prominent national park known for its unique desert ecosystem and rock formations.

2. Virtual Tour or Visual Exploration (15 minutes):
- Show pictures or videos of Joshua Tree National Park, highlighting its distinctive features such as Joshua Trees, rock formations, and wildlife.
- Encourage students to observe and discuss the various aspects of the park's landscape and its suitability for exploration with kids.

3. Research and Exploration (20 minutes):
- Divide students into pairs or small groups and assign each group one of the six places to explore within Joshua Tree National Park.
- Instruct students to research their assigned place, gathering information about its location, features, and any specific activities or points of interest relevant to kids.
- Encourage students to take notes and locate visual representations (pictures, diagrams, etc.) of their assigned place.

4. Brochure or Poster Creation (15 minutes):
- Provide drawing paper or poster board, as well as art supplies, for students to create an informative brochure or poster highlighting the six places to explore in Joshua Tree National Park.
- Instruct students to include relevant information about each place, such as its name, location, notable features, and recommended activities for kids.

5. Presentation and Reflection (5 minutes):
- Allow students to present their brochures or posters to the class, sharing key information about the six places they researched.
- Facilitate a brief reflection session where students share their thoughts on the unique features of Joshua Tree National Park and the potential benefits of exploring nature with kids.

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