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September, 2003: National Parks


 

National Parks (True Books) National Parks (True Books)

For more information, go to National Parks in Depth

What I Learned Section 1 -- Answer the Following Questions:
1. What was the first National Park?
Yellowstone National Park.
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2. What was the Yellowstone Park Act?
It created Yellowstone National Park.
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3. True or False: John Muir is known as "the Father of the National Park System."
True.
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4. What is the difference between a national park and national monument?
National parks are created by the U.S. Congress to preserve a combination of features including scenery, wildlife, and historical sites. National monuments protect a monument which has been created by the U.S. President.
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5. Name ONE of the National Parks or units within the National Park Service.
Answers may vary.
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What I Learned Section 2 -- Define the following words:
Bison: Also called buffalo; large, shaggy, wild member of the cattle family

Plains: Flat grasslands

Preserve: To save and keep unchanged

Pronghorn: Wild, goat-like animal of the western prairies

Species: A specific kind of plant or animal

Wilderness: Area of undeveloped land where nature is left unchanged

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Bonus Questions (Answer 1 of the Following Questions for Your FREE Bookmark):
a.
Describe ONE of the following people:
George Catlin: An explorer and painter of scenes of the Western wilderness.
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John Colter: A fur trapper who explored the area surrounding the Yellowstone River in the Rocky Mountains. Read more

Osborne Russell: A fur trapper who explored the area surrounding the Yellowstone River in the Rocky Mountains. Read more

Henry Washburn: An explorer who explored the Yellowstone region for six weeks in 1870. Read more

Ferdinand V. Hayden: A scientist who explored the Yellowstone region in 1871. Read more

William Henry Jackson: A photographer who explored the Yellowstone region in 1871. Read more

Thomas Moran: An artist who explored the Yellowstone region in 1871. Read more

b. What is the biggest National Park, and what is the smallest unit of the National Park Service?
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is the biggest, and Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial is the smallest.
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c. Who are Park Rangers?
Employees of the National Park Service who work at the National Parks.
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d. Use five of the words in Section 2 in a sentence.
Answers may vary.
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e. Have a parent or friend give you a spelling test with EACH of the words in Section 2.

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More Valuable Information about National Parks:
National Park Service (NPS)
National Park Foundation
The RangerZONE: A Guide to Junior Ranger Program (NPS)
Yellowstone National Park (NPS)
Yosemite National Park (NPS)
Yosemite Online (Yosemite Association)

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Yellowstone National Park (True Books) Yellowstone National Parks (True Books)

For more information, go to Yellowstone National Park in Depth

What I Learned Section 1 -- Answer the Following Questions:
1. Yellowstone National Park is located in which of the following states?
a) Wyoming
b) Montana
c) Idaho
d) All of the above

d) All of the above.
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2. What is magma?
The Earth's core of melted rock.
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3. Old Faithful is which of the following thermal features?
a) Geyser
b) Fumaroles
c) Mud Pot
d) Hot Spring

a) Geyser.
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4. Name ONE of the native wild animals living in Yellowstone National Park.
Bison (or buffalo), pronghorn, elk, moose, gray wolves, black bears, grizzly bears, ground squirrels, prairie dogs, chipmunks, badgers, coyotes, foxes, hawks, owls, ravens, pelicans, wrens, trumpeter swans, Montana grayling, and cutthroat trout.
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5. True or False: The Yellowstone River flows through Yellowstone Lake.
True.
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What I Learned Section 2 -- Define the following words:
Algae: Very tiny plants that live in water

Bacteria: Tiny, one-celled organisms

Erosion: Slow wearing away of rock or other material by water, wind, ice, and other natural forces

Minerals: Materials that make up rocks

Petrified: Turned to Stone

Wilderness: Unspoiled place filled with wild and natural landscapes, plants, and animals

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Bonus Questions (Answer 1 of the Following Questions for Your FREE Bookmark):
a.
Name ONE of the features at Yellowstone National Park.
Mount Washburn, Old Faithful, Fountain Paint Pot, Rainbow Pool, Grand Prismatic Pool, Morning Glory Pool, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone River, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Upper Yellowstone Falls, and Lower Yellowstone Falls.
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b. What is a petrified forest?
A forest whose trees turned to stone after being covered by ash and mud from an erupting volcano.
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c. True or False: Natural fires help keep forests healthy.
True.
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d. Use five of the words in Section 2 in a sentence.
Answers may vary.
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e. Have a parent or friend give you a spelling test with EACH of the words in Section 2.

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More Valuable Information about Yellowstone National Park:
Yellowstone National Park (NPS)
Old Faithful Geyser WebCam - Yellowstone National Park
Mount Washburn WebCam - Yellowstone National Park
National Geographic for Kids: Yellowstone
Yellowstone (AreaParks.com)

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Grand Canyon National Park (True Books) Grand Canyon National Park (True Books)

For more information, go to Grand Canyon National Park in Depth

What I Learned Section 1 -- Answer the Following Questions:
1. The Grand Canyon is located in which state?
a) Wyoming
b) Arizona
c) Alaska
d) California

b) Arizona.
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2. True or False: Layers of limestone, sandstone, and shale can be found at the Grand Canyon.
True.
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3. The Grand Canyon was formed by which river?
a) The Grand Canyon River
b) The Colorado River
c) The Mississippi River
d) The Yellowstone River

b) The Colorado River.
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4. True or False: There are three life zones at the Grand Canyon.
True.
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5. Which of the following Native Americans lived near the Grand Canyon almost one thousand years ago?
a) Cherokee
b) Iroquois
c) Sioux
d) Anasazi

d) Anasazi.
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What I Learned Section 2 -- Define the following words:
Elevation: Height above sea level

Erosion: The slow wearing away of rock or other material by water, wind, ice, and other natural forces

Evaporation: The conversion by heat of liquid to vapor, as when boiling water becomes steam

Fossil: The ancient, stony remains of plants and animals; fossils can be an organism's body, or merely a track or imprint

Mammals: Animals that are born live (rather than hatched from eggs), nurse their mother's milk as infants, and are usually covered with hair; humans are mammals

Nomadic: Constantly moving

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Bonus Questions (Answer 1 of the Following Questions for Your FREE Bookmark):
a.
Name ONE of the features of the Grand Canyon National Park.
South Rim, North Rim, Tusayan Ruin, Havasu Creek, Havasu Falls, Havasu Canyon, Supai Village, Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon Village, and Kaibab Canyon.
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b. Fill in ONE of the following Fast Facts about the Grand Canyon:
Location: Northwestern Arizona, U.S.A.
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Nearest City: Flagstaff, Arizona. Read more

Established: 1919. Read more

Size of Park: 1,904 square miles (4,931 square km). Read more

Age of Canyon: About 6 million years. Read more

Length of Canyon: 277 miles (446 km). Read more

Depth of Canyon: 4,500 feet (1,372 meters) at South Rim; 5,700 feet (1,737 m) at North Rim; 1 mile (1.6 km) average. Read more

Width of Canyon between Rims: 10 miles (16 km) average; greatest width 18 miles (29 km). Read more

Distances from South to North Rim: 12 miles (19 km) straight-line; 21 miles (34 km) by trail; 215 miles (346 km) by road. Read more

Height: North Rim 8,000 feet (2,438 m) above sea level; South Rim average 6,800 feet (2,072 m) above sea level; Colorado River 2,200 feet (670 m) above sea level. Read more

Annual Rainfall: South Rim average 16 inches (41 centimeters); North Rim 26 inches (66 cm). Read more

c. Use five of the words in Section 2 in a sentence.
Answers may vary.
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d. Have a parent or friend give you a spelling test with EACH of the words in Section 2.

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More Valuable Information about Grand Canyon National Park:
Grand Canyon National Park (NPS)
Current Conditions at Grand Canyon National Park (NPS)
Grand Canyon Historical Society
Grand Canyon Explorer
Grand Canyon (AreaParks.com)

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Denali National Park & Preserve (True Books) Denali National Park and Preserve (True Books)

For more information, go to Denali National Park and Preserve in Depth

What I Learned Section 1 -- Answer the Following Questions:
1. What is the highest peak in North America?

Denali (also known as Mount McKinley).
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2. What was the original name of Denali National Park and Preserve?
a) Mount McKinley National Park
b) Denalistone National Park
c) Alaska Canyon National Park
d) The Coldest National Park

a) Mount McKinley National Park.
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3. Name ONE of the native wild animals living in Denali National Park and Preserve.
Caribou, moose, Dall sheep, grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, golden eagles, and Alaska jays
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4. Denali National Park and Preserve lies along which mountain range?
The Alaska Range
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5. True or False: There are three life zones at Denali National Park and Preserve.
True
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What I Learned Section 2 -- Define the following words:
Arctic Circle: Cold, icy area surrounding the North Pole

Athabascan: Language of the American Indians who live in the northernmost regions of North America

Dense: Crowded together

Lapp: Person from northern Scandinavia

Mammal: Warm-blooded animal that gives live birth and nurses its young; dogs, bears, whales, and humans are mammals

Naturalist: Scientist who studies nature

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Bonus Questions (Answer 1 of the Following Questions for Your FREE Bookmark):
a.
How many miles is the Alaska Iditarod Trail Sled-Dog Race?
1,100 miles or 1,770 kilometers.
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b. Use five of the words in Section 2 in a sentence.
Answers may vary.
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c. Have a parent or friend give you a spelling test with EACH of the words in Section 2.

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More Valuable Information about Independence Day:
Denali National Park and Preserve (NPS)
Geology of Denali National Park and Preserve (NPS)
Denali National Park, Alaska
Denali National Park (Alaskan.com)
Denali (AreaParks.com)

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