President Roosevelt's Camping Trip That Saved America's National Parks

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Roosevelt's Conservation Lesson Plan

In this progressive era lesson plan, students learn about how Roosevelt rose to power, his progressive reforms, and how Muir convinced him to go on a crusade to save America’s most precious national treasures.  

 

Lesson Overview

Students learn about how Roosevelt rose to power, his progressive reforms, and how Muir convinced him to go on a crusade to save America’s most precious national treasures in this progressive era lesson. It tells the amazing story of how Roosevelt and Muir spent three days camping in Yosemite Valley and ended up discussing the future of conservation in America and the National Parks Service. The video though also interweaves essential history standards like Roosevelt's rise to the presidency, his progressive reforms like trust-busting and the Meat Inspection Act, as well how industrialization put America's open lands at risk and were in need of national protection.  In the extension lesson plan students first read an excerpt from an excellent Roosevelt speech, "Conservation as a National Duty", answer a few scaffolded questions for comprehension, analysis, and connection. Then students learn about the National Park Service logo and design a new logo of their own. It gets them thinking creatively, artistically, and connecting deeply with history!

What Students Do

Students analyze a primary source- Roosevelt’s “Conservation as a National Duty” speech, answer a few questions and then design a new logo for the National Parks Service.

Skill Development: Critical reading, creativity in design.