Yellowstone National Park Virtual Field Trip #1 4 3 2 1 Along with meeting the Along with meeting the Student can make a list Student’ report is criteria for Level 3, criteria for Level 2, of facts learned from the incomplete, partially student conducts student uses information field trip and/or bring incorrect or lacks additional research on a learned on the field trip required proof of appropriate analysis. topic he/she found to analyze, interpret or participation. interesting during the problem solve. field trip. Things to Know: Yellowstone National Park is located in Wyoming, with small portions extending into Montana and Idaho. It is a wonderous place where mud boils and scalding water is shot hundreds of feet into the air. Rivers are hot, bison walk on the road and grizzlies wander in the meadows. It is a place rich in history, geology, and folklore. A visit to the park is an incredible experience, but if you can’t travel to Wyoming this school year, follow the directions below to engage in a “virtual” field trip of this remarkable area: 1. Access the park’s virtual field trip website at http://www.windowsintowonderland.org/index.htm Level 2 1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Park Orientation” field trip. Read through the slide show and answer the following questions: - What first drew people to the Yellowstone area? - What was the first National Park? - What was the Antiquities Act? What did it do? - What was the first result of the Antiquities Act? - When was the National Park Service Established and why? - What are the two main jobs of the National Park Service? Level 3 1. What events most likely influenced people to create National Parks? 2. What is the author’s purpose for producing this “field trip”? 3. What problems might be associated with the National Park Service’s two main jobs? What Choose conflicts might arise between them? Two 4. Based on this information, what inferences can you make about the value of National Parks for individuals as well as for the nation? Level 4 1. Read and report on one of the following books about National Park History (This can count as your independent reading for the quarter): Choose - National Parks and the Woman’s Voice by Polly Kaufman One - National Park Ranger by Charles R. Farabee - National Parks: The American Experience by Alfred Runte 2. Watch Ken Burns’ documentary film National Parks: America’s Best Idea (This can count as your visual media assignment for the quarter). Evaluate Burns’ purpose and effectiveness in this film.