Lesson Plan

Explore With Your Senses - Kindergarten (North Carolina)

A park ranger helps two students examine a decaying log.
A park ranger assists students with a safe exploration of what lives on a rotting log during their Kindergarten field trip to the Smokies.
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Setting:
in the park

Overview

Students explore the Mountain Farm Museum and neighboring river and forest using their senses. Students are introduced to the history and wildlife of the National Park through conversations with talking barns, sensory walks, listening activities, classification exercises and color hunts. The lesson PDF contains pre and post site activities for the field trip as well as a map to the Mountain Farm Museum.


Objective(s)

1) locate and describe the importance of all five sense on humans and
animals
2) name five animals that live in the Smoky MountainsStudents explore the Mountain Farm Museum and neighboring river and forest using their senses. Students are introduced to the history and wildlife of the National Park through conversations with talking barns, sensory walks, listening activities, classification exercises and color hunts.
3) use observation and listening skills to learn how it was to live in a mountain community 100 years ago.
4) explain the function of a barn and how it was used on a farm.
5) Explain why a Park Ranger protects historic structures as well as plants and animals.
6) Name their five senses and how they are used.
7) Learn how to use a magnifying glass to see small objects.
8) Understand the importance of using all their senses to explore in the National Park