Curriculum Materials

The staff at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area has developed several curriculum based lesson plans designed to allow teachers to bring the park to the classroom and the classroom to the park. Pre-visit, on-site, and post-visit activities for science and social studies lessons are available for download individually or as part of the lesson plan.

Other curriculum based materials have been designed to be used in conjunction with either a class visit to the park or a visit to your school by a park ranger. To schedule an on-site visit by a park ranger led school site program, contact the Education Specialist (678) 538-1243.

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  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

    Chattahoochee's Cold Water Fisheries

    Fisherman knee deep in the Chattahoochee River with autumn leaves falling.

    Trout streams are particularly susceptible to thermal pollution, because they need to maintain cold temperatures year round. Trout streams are either well shaded or receive cold groundwater inputs. Artificial tailwater fisheries may be created at the outflow from large dams, where the size of the reservoir creates a steep temperature difference, with colder water stored at the bottom of the reservoir near the outlet. The Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam is an example of a tailwater fishery.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Seventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Aquatic Studies, Biology: Animals, Environment, Wildlife Biology
    Keywords:
    thermal pollution, tail water fisheries, trout, Rainbow trout, Brook trout, Brown trout, sport fish, fishing, flyfishing, native, wild, headwaters, hatchery, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, stock, habitat, Trout Unlimited
  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

    What Happens to the Water When We Brush and Flush?

    Teacher and students gathered around an Enviroscape learning about wastewater.

    Water from homes and businesses enters sewers or septic tanks through pipes. This wastewater is kept with other dirty water because it is unhealthy and must be kept away from our drinking water. This sewer water is sent to a water treatment plant where the unhealthy parts are removed. The water is then returned to the river sometimes cleaner than it was originally. This lesson raises real world concerns, guiding students to become better stewards of our environment.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Ninth Grade
    Keywords:
    water pollution, water treatment
  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

    Scrubbing Your Water Clean!

    Scrubbing Your Water Clean!

    This lesson will teach children about the importance of clean water and the ways in which nature and humans can help clean water of the pollution and other impurities that are often present. Children will be able to engineer a water filtration device from given supplies that will be able to filter impurities from “polluted” water.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Second Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Aquatic Studies, Biodiversity, Chemistry, Conservation, Environment
    Keywords:
    filter, Spring, aquifer, creek, matter, water vapor, Evaporation, condensation, precipitation, collection, accumulation, clouds, atmosphere, run off, pollution, water pollution, meteorologist, weather, climate, non-point source pollution, point source pollution
  • Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    Keywords:
    National Parks, legacy, cultural resources, natural resources, heritage, climate change, careers, Wildland-Urban Interface