National Parks - WA, OR, ID, MT, CO

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Dramatic glacier-covered rugged mountains, a temperate rainforest, craggy rock-towered coastlines, giant sand dunes, ancient cliff dwellings, and steep sheer rock canyons. All of these landscapes, their history, and more are explored in this tour of the National Parks of the northern part of the Western region.

Video length: 27:07 minutes

Learning Resources with this Video*

Quizzes – PDF & Online

Comparing National Parks

National Parks – Junior Rangers

Extraordinary Ecosystems

Why Are Glaciers Melting?

Draw A Landscape – National Parks

National Parks: WA, OR, ID, MT, & CO Video Breakdown

Universal Resources

National Standards

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Classroom Ideas 

National Parks – WA, OR, ID, MO, CO

Pick a Park

Students will choose another National Park (not in the video), maybe the one they would most like to visit. Students will then research it, and present it to the class. 


Identify and make a list of the landforms in these National Parks.


Background Research

Ask students to find out how many National Parks there are in the United States and mark them on a large map (or print one out) so students can see where they are.



Have students print out a map of the National Parks and identify where the sites in the video are located. 

Cloze Practice

A cloze piece has full sentences used in the virtual field trip with blanks where students can write in the information that is missing. This task requires close listening to the trip in order to complete it.

Example: Coral reefs are the _______ type of ecosystem in the world. They’ve been around for over _____ million years.

Answers:  oldest; 240

Alternatively, you could have students create 5-10 cloze statements and they could share those with the class.  

A third alternative is to distribute the cloze worksheets before watching the video.  Students can fill them in as they watch.

National Park Service

Ask students to look into the different classifications of the National Park Service.  For example, what is the difference between a National Park, a National Monument, a National Preserve, etc.


Pick a Favourite

Have each student choose an interesting site from the video, and make a replica of it as well as writing a paragraph to explain why that site was chosen. 


Have you ever visited a National Park? Write about your experience and share it with the class.

Road Trip!

Tell students they are going to take a “trip” to 4 National Parks in the United States. They have to write a traveling notebook of their “trip” and include sites that they saw, things that they learned about each park, how each park was created. They will need to detail the cost of entrance fees, rules that they must abide by in each of those four parks, where they are going to sleep (i.e. tent, KOA, rent a camper, lodge), etc.

Which One is Closest?

Students will determine which National Park is closest to where they are located. Use mapping skills if needed. Students will then research it and write about it. 

A National Park is Born

Research how various national parks are created. Choose one of the National Parks in the video and discuss how it came into being.


Create Quizzes

Students create a quiz based on the information presented for their peers. This can be used as a review for a test, or class activity where students are responsible for teaching other students assigned topics.


Art and Social Studies

Draw a landscape from the video you just watched.


Explore Vocabulary

Identify key vocabulary terms while previewing each video. Prompt students to find the meaning of each word as they watch the video.


Junior Rangers

Ask students if they have ever heard of the Junior Rangers program through the National Park Service.  If not, share the information and ask if any of them have experienced it.



Choose 2 National Parks to compare and contrast.

Research/compare landforms and biomes

Research/compare rocks and minerals found in the parks 

Research/compare weather patterns in parks 


Students will answer the question “Why are National Parks important?”

Make a List

Students choose their top five notable sites that they would like to visit in these parks. They will explain why they chose their list and older students can present their list with a PowerPoint presentation.

Classroom Ideas for ALL Videos

Here are dozens and dozens of ideas that you can use in your classroom along with our videos!

Topics Covered In This Video

Formation of the National Park Service

What makes a National Park special?

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Great Sand Dunes National Park

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