Lesson Plan

History and Culture: Field Trip Preparation - Grade 2 (North Carolina)

Mingus Mill in autumn.
Mingus Mill in autumn.
NPS Photo

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Subject:
Community, Family Life, History
Duration:
30 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 60
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
SOCIAL STUDIES
2.H.1.2
2.H.1.3
2.G.2.1
2.G.2.2
2.E.1.1
2.E.1.4
2.C&G.2.2
2.C.2.1

SCIENCE
EX.2.L.2.3
Keywords:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, second grade, history, community, natural resources, settlers

Overview

Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a unique opportunity to witness the panorama of Southern Appalachian history and culture.

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.

Objective(s)

1) List five structure commonly found on a mountain farm.
2) List the three basic needs all humans have.
3) List three ways the learner’s lives are different than the lives of the settlers.
4) Learn the history of the park and Mingus Mill.



Background

Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a unique opportunity to witness the panorama of Southern Appalachian history and culture. So tied to a sense of place, this history is embodied in a wide variety of preserved historic structures, cultural landscapes, cemeteries, archeological sites, museum objects, and archival documents. The Park is the keeper of intangible resources as folklore, literature, and music contribute to tell the stories of both Native American and Euro-American peoples. These treasures enable us to connect one generation to another.


Teachers coming on the accompanying field trip should download our complete field trip packet that includes all of the lessons: History and Culture pre-site lesson, information and directions about the field trip and History and Culture Wrap-up part 1 and 2 post site lesson.

Download the full History and Culture Field Trip packet (includes Preparation and Wrap-up lessons).



Materials

This lesson includes background information of a farmstead and a Pre and Post Site Test.

 



Procedure

Read the background information to students describing the mountain farmstead and use the background sheet on the garden and surrounding out building for discussion.

Assessment

Administer a pre and post site test that is included in the unit.



Vocabulary

community, history, natural resources, settlement, culture