Yosemite National Park
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK is one of the most beautiful natural places in the world! Every year, millions of people from around the world visit this incredible place. What is so special about it? Well, you may have been to Yosemite before, but have you seen it ALL? Take a virtual field trip to YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, and learn something new!

Today’s Activities

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Watch & Read

Take this virtual field trip to YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, and learn something new! 

WRITE A FRIENDLY LETTER–Follow these directions: Your letter may be a blend of what you actually saw and learned from the tour, with some imaginative ideas based on your journey through YOSEMITE.  Try to make your letter fun and exciting to read.  In your imaginative parts, be sure to keep it realistic–use the animals, places, and sights that are actually in the park–not things that would not normally be part of the park.  Your letter may be completely real or realistic fiction.  You may personify the animals (have them speak English), if you wish.  Be sure to use quotation marks with any dialog you write. Use the “Friendly Letter” format:  Start with the date on the right side:  HERE IS THE FORMAT TO FOLLOW:                                                                                     

April 28, 2020 (or whatever day you write your letter)

Dear Pen Pal,  (greeting–Insert your pen pal’s name instead of “Pen Pal.”)          

(Indent here and write the body of your letter. The example is shown.) 

I had an exciting adventure today!  I explored Yosemite National Park!  There are so many great things to see and do at this wonderful park.  Here are some of the places I saw and some of the things I learned about.  (The letter continues with many interesting details and descriptions of experiences.)                                

Sincerely,  (Closing) 

Your Pen Pal (Your own name.).

SPECIAL NOTE: If you write to a real pen pal, consider popping your letter in the mail to him or her! (Be sure to keep a copy for yourself.) ENJOY “VISITING YOSEMITE!”

Leveled learning extension 1: Choose three parts of Yosemite you really liked. List them in your friendly letter, and draw and label a picture of each one.

Leveled learning extension 2: Use this adapted book to learn more about the sights of Yosemite. 

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Brain Teasers!

Brain Teasers! Challenge yourself to solve these math puzzles. Share one or more with someone else and explain your thinking.

Leveled learning extension 1: Reinforce your math skills with these pages which offer more basic math problems! 

Leveled learning extension 2: Tease your brain with these worksheets to target foundational math skills!

Worksheet 1

Worksheet 2 

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Squirrels!

Watch this video about Squirrels! One animal you might see at Foothill Horizons Outdoor School here in Tuolumne County is a squirrel. See how you can help scientists with their data about this mammal.
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Create

Create a watercolor landscape of Yosemite. You can use these Step by step directions.

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Speech and Language

Focus on giving information: If you could change the name of the area you live in, what would you change it to? Discuss with someone in your home, the new name you would give your town and why you chose that name?

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