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Online Video Closeups for Kentucky’s National Parks include brief video segments and background essays on a variety of topics relating to the park sites. These materials can be used in a variety of ways in the classroom. For each park, there’s a page including discussion questions and suggested classroom activities. There’s also a Video Closeup with suggested classroom activities on why parks should be preserved.

Note: While suggested grade levels are indicated, many activities can be adapted up or down grade levels.

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

Two video segments focus on geology, including erosion, the rock cycle, and the formation of arches at Big South Fork. Suggested activities relate to science, technology, writing, arts and humanities, and math. Grades 4-8

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

The video segment focuses on the role of Cumberland Gap in America’s westward expansion. Suggested activities relate to social studies and writing. Grade 5

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

The video segment focuses on how Lincoln is memorialized and why. Classroom activities relate to social studies, arts and humanities, and math. Primary

Mammoth Cave National Park

Five video segments focus on air quality monitoring at Mammoth Cave. The segments include an introductory segment about why air quality is monitored and segments on acid rain, visibility, mercury, and ozone. Classroom activities relate to science and technology. Grades 9-12

Two video segments offer readings of poems written about Mammoth Cave. Classroom activities relate to writing and arts and humanities. Grades 9-12

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

The video segment provides information about the Cherokee relocation and the process by which trail cites were researched and certified. Classroom activities relate to social studies, writing, and arts and humanities. Grades 6-8

Why Preserve Parks?

The video segment features visitors to Kentucky national parks commenting on why they think the parks are important. The classroom activities relate to social studies and science. Grades 5-8