Our annual insane one-day field trip of taking 100 students to Yosemite National Park is coming-up (every year I say I won’t do it again!).
In preparation for it, I’ve decided to put together a “The Best…” list of useful sites for students to view.
The first section relates specifically to Yosemite, while the second part includes resources about other U.S. National Parks, too.
You can also find this links, and many more, on my website under Yosemite And Nature.
Here are my picks for The Best Places To Learn About Yosemite And Other U.S. National Parks (and are accessible to English Language Learners):
Yahoo has a good slideshow about the Park.
The New York Times has an interactive feature on Ansel Adams’ famous photographs. Click the spot on the Yosemite map that’s shown, and you’ll see the picture that Adams snapped of that area.
The L.A. Times has a slideshow of projects built at Yosemite by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
The Autry National Centers has examples of works created at Yosemite by artists over the last 150 years.
The New York Public Library has a collection of the earliest photographs taken at Yosemite.
Here’s a good interactive timeline on Yosemite’s history.
The Voice of America Special English has a short report on Yosemite that provides audio support for the text.
EL Civics has a short PowerPoint presentation of Yosemite images.
Here’s a reading comprehension exercise about Yosemite.
Look at some panoramic photographs of Yosemite here.
Learn more about the Miwoks, who may have been the first people to live at Yosemite.
The Wall Street Journal has a slideshow of newly-found Ansel Adams photos, mostly of Yosemite.
Yosemite National Park: 120 Years in Pictures is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.
Four Seasons In Yosemite is an incredible slideshow from the Los Angeles Times.
Here’s a timelapse video of Yosemite:
Check out this neat timelapse video of Yosemite:
OTHER U.S. NATIONAL PARKS:
EL Civics has a National Parks Lesson specifically designed for English Language Learners.
The Los Angeles Times has an audio slideshow featuring several National Parks.
Here are several great accessible links about Yellowstone National Park:
More Wolves of Yellowstone
Yellowstone Hot Spots
River at Yellowstone
Ten Undiscovered National Parks is a short and simple slideshow.
U.S. National Parks: A Camping Tour is a slideshow from The New York Times.
12 Rugged Adventures Through Exquisite National Parks has some beautiful pictures and short text.
National Parks: America’s Best Idea is the Ken Burns’ film on PBS. Its website is filled with great resources, including video clips.
You can access an interactive video photo hunt related to the Burns’ film here.
Nature Valley Trail View offers neat panoramic tours of the Grand Canyon, Great Smokies and Yellowstone.
As always, feedback is welcome.