The fourth graders at Oak Grove School in Libertyville, Illinois just finished a month long unit on the U.S. National Parks when children’s author Barb Rosenstock visited their school as part of Authors For Earth Day. Authors for Earth Day participants visit a school in the month of April and donate their speaking fee to a non-profit conservation organization decided by student vote. Rosenstock talked about writing her most recent title, The Camping Trip that Changed America and took students on a virtual tour of the sights and sounds of Yosemite. When it was announced that The National Parks Foundation was the winner of the student vote and recipient of the donation, the students cheered wildly.
As a final project, groups of Oak Grove 4th graders became experts on one of our National Parks and created a “ranger station” complete with illustrations, maps and photographs of plants, animals and geography. Parents, grandparents, siblings and teachers were invited to visit each ranger station at an open house and ask students questions about the sights and attractions. “I couldn’t believe I ‘visited’ twenty National Parks in one school gym,” said Rosenstock who was invited as a special guest, “The teachers did a fantastic integrated curriculum unit and the students taught all of us a lot about our national parks’ treasures.”