John Muir in California
John Muir, an immigrant to
, encountered environmental problems and
In two 45- to 50-minute sessions, students listen to key events in John Muir's
life and plot locations on a California map.
Find a copy of a book about John Muir (see
), such as John Muir, At Home in the Wild
by Katharine S. Talmadge.
Make a copy of the pages titled
John Muir's California
for each student.
Make an overhead transparency of the
map of California
downloads Adobe Acrobat file
Create a class list on the board or on chart paper using students' ideas
about what John Muir accomplished in California. Add to this list as
students learn about Muir.
Distribute the maps and read about John Muir from the John Muir's
California page. Use passages from literature to augment the lessons.
Plot the places on the map with pictures and names, using the overhead
transparency as a master and giving verbal cues.
Read some of Muir's stories about the places identified on the map,
Resources for Grade 4
Use a large commercial map of California to locate and identify places
named after John Muir. Ask students to retell stories to younger "buddy"
students on John Muir Day.
Take conservation action at your school. Create a map of the school yard
and plot places to protect. Plant and weed flowerbeds and plant and care for
trees. Plant a butterfly garden with native flowers to attract butterflies.
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