5th Grade Research and Inquiry Resources
• Students will use the Internet to research a national park of their choice.
• Students will create a travel brochure for the park.
• Students will share their brochure with a small group, explaining why the park is a good place to visit.
This site is maintained by the United States National Park Service. It is a comprehensive site that provides students with information about all the national parks and monuments.
• Students can search for information about a park in their state or a state near them by connecting to http://www.nps.gov/parks.html and clicking on Geographic Search on the left menu bar. They can click on their state to find listings of parks found there. Have them choose one of these local parks to research.
• Students can plan a week's vacation to their local park. Have them determine when to go, where they will stay, how they plan to travel there, what clothes and supplies they would bring, and what they would do there.
• Have students go to http://www.pbs.org/wnet/goingplaces3/yellowstone/highlights.html. Have them take a virtual tour of Yellowstone National Park by clicking on Slide Show on the left, as well as the items under Featured Locations. Then have the students:
list the things they would like to see and do in Yellowstone and why.
write a scheduled itinerary for a day in Yellowstone that shows when and how the student and her fellow campers will go from one attaction to another.
write a mock journal entry about spending a day in Yellowstone.