Lesson Plan

On Top of Old Smoky: Field Trip Post-Site Part 2 - Grade 5 (North Carolina)

A view of distant mountains from Clingmans Dome.
A view of distant mountains from Clingmans Dome.
NPS Photo - Beth Wright

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
Subject:
Climate, Earth Science, Geography, Meteorology
Duration:
30-45 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 60
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
Science
5.P.1.1
5.P.2.1
5.P.2.3
EX.5.P.2.3
5.E.1.1
5.E. 1.2
5.E. 1.3
EX.5.L.1.2
5.L.2.1
5.L.2.2
EX.5.L.2.2
5.L2.3
EX.5.L.2.3
Keywords:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, fifth grade, climate, weather, exotic speices

Overview

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an excellent backdrop for students as they explore the natural world.  This unit is broken into three parts. The overall unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by three preparation activities and three wrap-up activities.  This is part 2 of the wrap-up activities of the unit. 


Objective(s)

1) Describe what an exotic species is and why exotics are a threat to native species.
2) Be able to list two exotic species that are causing problems in the United States.
3) Be able to list two exotic species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.



Background

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an excellent backdrop for students as they explore the natural world. The program is designed to introduce students to the interdependence between the climate and the biodiversity at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Additionally, students will gain knowledge of how human activities can adversely affect the biodiversity within the park.

Teachers coming on the accompanying field trip should download our complete field trip packet that includes all of the lessons: On Top of Old Smoky pre-site lessons, information and directions about the field trip and On Top of Old Smoky Wrap-up post site lessons.

Download the full On Top of Old Smoky Field Trip packet (includes Preparation and Wrap-up lessons).



Materials

This lesson includes instructions for the Exotic Invasion Game and a Pre and Post Site Test.



Procedure

Step 1: Discuss differences between native and exotic (non-native) species.


Step 2: Summarize what students learned at Clingmans Dome.

Step 3: Have students play the Exotic Invasion Game and lead classroom discussion.

Assessment

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



Extensions

Have students select an exotic species that has affected your area of the county and do an oral report on it.