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Curriculum Materials

We offer a variety of free, ranger-led, curriculum-based programs that are correlated to North Carolina and Tennessee state learning standards. Our education programs are crafted for particular grade levels and their specific state standards. Please visit the pages below for information on program locations, details on program themes and activities, and downloadable lesson plans.

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    Adaptations and Interactions - Grade 4 (Tennessee)

    Students investigate the role that National Park rangers play in managing natural resources.The process and scientific method of field biology are demostrated through the studies of herpetology and ichthyology.

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    Interdependence 5th Grade (Tennessee)

    Students will be introduced to the interdependence between the climate and biodiversity of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Program will include various ways to discover how life cycles work together to make a sustainable ecosystem. This full packet contains pre and post field trip lessons and maps to field trip locations in Tennessee.

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    Explore With Your Senses: Field Trip Preparation - Kindergarten (Tennessee)

    Explore With Your Senses: Field Trip Preparation - Kindergarten (Tennessee)

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an excellent backdrop for students as they explore the natural world with their senses. This unit is broken into three parts. The overall unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by one preparation activity and two wrap-up activities. This is the field preparation activity of the unit.

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    Habitat Diversity - Grade 3 (Tennessee)

    Habitats are numerous and diverse within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Animals and plants alike need habitats. Habitats will be defined and students will take time to seek out clues from animals sharing habitats. This unit is broken into three parts. The overall unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by one preparation activity and two wrap-up activities.

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    Wild Habitats - 1st Grade (Tennessee)

    The fundamental significance of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is that it is a sanctuary for a remarkable diverse array of native plants and animals, providing a place that students can learn about the different animal groups. This unit is broken into three parts. The overall unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by one preparation activity and two wrap-up activities.

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    Ground Level Ozone Biomonitoring - High School

    Scientists have noticed that ground level ozone levels tend to be worse at higher elevations, especially at night. This lesson will introduce students to these ozone issues. This unit is broken into three parts. involving a trip to the park and is accompanied by two preparation activities and two wrap-up activities.

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    Ground Level Ozone Monitoring - Middle School

    Scientists have noticed that ground level ozone levels tend to be worse at higher elevations, especially at night. This lesson will introduce students to these ozone issues. This unit is broken into three parts involving a trip to the park and is accompanied by three preparation activities and two wrap-up activities.

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    Water Quality Monitoring - High School

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park has over 2,100 miles of streams and rivers that flow through the park. The park researchers monitor water quality, fish populations, and watersheds to better understand the dynamics of water running through diverse ecosystems. This unit is broken into three parts involving a trip to the park, a preparation activity and a wrap-up activity.

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    Lichen Monitoring - High School

    In this lesson students will better understand different lichen growth forms, their unique symbiotic relationship, and their use as bioindicators. This unit is broken into three parts. This unit involves a trip to the park, a preparation activity and a wrap-up activity.

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    Snails as Bioindicators of Acid Deposition - High School

    In this lesson students will better understand how snails are an important part of the soil’s food chain and why scientists are concerned about their population due to the links between calcium availability in soil and acid deposition. This unit is broken into three parts including a trip to the park, a preparation activity and a wrap-up activity.

Did You Know?

Mingus Mill is a turbine-driven grist mill.

Ninety seven historic structures, including grist mills, churches, schools, barns, and the homes of early settlers, preserve Southern Appalachian mountain heritage in the park. More...