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Lend a Helping Hand

Grades 4-6
Social Studies, Language Arts


Starting with the Acadia National Park quarter, the students will research the park’s website to learn about the contributions of various Americans to the success of Acadia and other national parks.  The students will learn about different forms of support, including philanthropy, community service, and volunteerism.  Through the “I Can Lend a Helping Hand” worksheet, the students will brainstorm and propose ways to help their own communities, then put the proposals into action using the “My Helping Hand Proposal” worksheet.


Acadia National Park Quarter Reverse

United States Map

I Can Lend a Helping Hand

Circles of Service

My Helping Hand Proposal


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Lend a Helping Hand

National Standards

Social Studies

National Council for the Social Studies (

  • People, Places, and Environment
  • Civic Ideals and Practices

Language Arts

National Council of Teachers of English ( and International Reading Association (

  • Demonstrate competence in the general skills and strategies of the writing process.
  • Gather and use information for research purposes.

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