Earth Day 2017!
To celebrate Earth Day with a Social Studies twist, students will focus on the National Parks and the National Park Service here in the United States. Most students should have some background knowledge about the National Park system, even if it's just knowing that there are National Parks here in the country. What this activity will ask students to do is look closer at the early history of the parks and the goal of conservation that these parks have, especially in regards to Earth Day.
By reading a brief introduction to two influential figures on the parks system - President Theodore Roosevelt, the "Conservationist President, and John Muir - students will pick out key actions taken by these two men to help increase land set aside for preservation. They will then be tasked with creating a dynamic superhero duo - Earth Day Avengers!
In this two part activity, students will use information about Roosevelt and Muir to design their dynamic duo, create a cover page for their comic book, and write a letter to either thank Muir or Roosevelt for their service or to encourage a local politician to focus more on conservation in their community.
A brainstorming sheet is included to help students think about how to design their superhero character. Also included is a rubric is and a set of critical thinking questions to wrap up the activity.