Lesson Plan

Explore With Your Senses: Field Trip Preparation - Grade K (North Carolina)

Students explore life on a log as part of their Kindergarten field trip in the Smokies.
Students explore life on a log as part of their Kindergarten field trip in the Smokies.
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Grade Level:
Pre-Kindergarten-First Grade
Subject:
Biodiversity, Environment
Duration:
30 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 60
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
SCIENCE

Physical Properties
K.P.2.1
K.P.2.2

Animal Characteristics
EX K.P.2.2
K.L.1.1
Keywords:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, kindergarten, senses, Taste, touch, sight, Hear, smell

Overview

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.

Objective(s)

1) Locate and describe the importance of all five senses on humans and animals.
2) Name five animals that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.



Background

All animals have senses. Though they may not look like you or me, a bear, a frog, and a bird all have parts to their body which help them learn about their environment. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to over 17,000 known different types of animals and plants. The living things of the forest and the streams need to make or find energy from the sun, the plants and sometimes from other animals. How does a raccoon find food? How does a bird make a nest? How does a deer listen for its mother in the forest? The answer to all of the questions is the same: animals use their senses to survive.

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

Download the full Explore With Your Senses Field Trip packet (includes Preparation and Wrap-up lessons).



Materials

This lesson includes five coloring sheets of animals that live in the park and describes how they use their senses for survival.



Procedure

Step 1: Use the color sheets to help introduce animals of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the students.


Step 2: Have the students discuss how the animals use their senses for survival.

Step 3. Reinforce the students’ knowledge of their own senses.



Park Connections

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to over 17,000 known different types of animals and plants. The living things of the forest and the streams need to make or find energy from the sun, the plants and sometimes from other animals. How does a raccoon find food? How does a bird make a nest? How does a deer listen for its mother in the forest? The answer to all of the questions is the same: animals use their senses to survive.



Vocabulary

senses, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling, seeing