Lesson Plan

Mountain Farm Museum: Field Trip Post-Site Part 1 - Grade 4 (North Carolina)

Students engage in a game of marbles.
Students engage in a game of marbles during the Mountain Farm Museum field trip.
NPS Photo - Vyanne Fisher

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Subject:
Family Life, History, Regional Studies, Social Studies
Duration:
as needed
Group Size:
Up to 60
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
SOCIAL STUDIES

4.H.1 - North Carolina events
4.H.1.3
4.G.1 - Growth and development
4.G.1.2
4.G.1.3
4.G.1.4
4.E.1 - Market economy
4.E1.1
4.C.1 - Cultural groups
4.C.1.1
Keywords:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, fourth grade, history, community, natural resources, settlers

Overview

This activity provides an opportunity for students to help save a piece of their own history by recording family interviews and sharing them with the class.

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 part 1 of the wrap-up activities of the unit.

Objective(s)

1) Compare similarities and differences between themselves and others.
2) Name a family ancestor.
3) Plan, conduct, record and present their family interview.



Background

Students learned how families lived in the early 1900’s after visiting the Mountain Farm Museum. Students discovered how family members depended on each other and how they lived during a time where few modern conveniences existed. They also learned how families handed down traditions through music, stories, and games. This activity provides an opportunity for students to help save a piece of their own history by recording family interviews and sharing them with the class.

Teachers coming on the accompanying field trip should download our complete field trip packet that includes all of the lessons: Mountain Farm Museum pre-site lesson, information and directions about the field trip and Mountain Farm Museum Wrap-up lessons.

Download the full Mountain Farm Museum Field Trip packet (includes Preparation and Wrap-up lessons).



Materials

This lesson includes two worksheets: interview instructions and a question sheet students can use to interview a family member.



Procedure

Step 1:Teachers have each student interview someone in their family, using the interview sheet.


Step 2: Students share their interviews in class.



Vocabulary

ancestor, interview, tradition, culture