by President Theodore Roosevelt 1908

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "Conservation as a National Duty" by President Theodore Roosevelt.

As an explorer and naturalist, Theodore Roosevelt, who served as the 26th President of the United States (1858-1919), was a great supporter of environmental policies and protection. In this speech delivered on May 16th, 1908, President Roosevelt charges conservation as a national responsibility.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Human vs. Nature and Technology, Progress & Industry as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"What are the costs and benefits of technology?" and "How do we view nature?"

Ways to support your child:

  • Ask your child about this speech at home:
    • What was "Conservation as a National Duty" about?
    • What did you learn about Human vs. Nature?
    • What did you learn about Technology, Progress & Industry?
  • Watch National Parks Conservation Association - 100 Years at home with your child.