Lesson Plan

Mountain Life: Field Trip Post-Site Part 1 - Grade 2 (Tennessee)

Students explore Porters Flat with a ranger.
Students explore Porters Flat with a ranger.
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Subject:
Community, Family Life, History, Social Studies
Duration:
as needed
Group Size:
Up to 60
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
Social Studies
Culture (1.01,1.02,3.02)
History (5.01,5.02,5.03,6.01)
Keywords:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, second 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) Students will have an opportunity to learn about family history.    

Background

Students learned how families lived in the early 1900’s after visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 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 Life pre-site lesson, information and directions about the field trip and Mountain Life Wrap-up part 1 and 2 post site lesson. Download the full Mountain Life Field Trip packet (includes Preparation and Wrap-up lessons).


Materials

This lesson includes instructions for the interview process and a Pre and Post Site Test.


Procedure

Step 1:Teachers have each student interview someone in their family, using the interview sheet.
Step 2: Students share their interviews in class.  

Assessment

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