Lesson Plan

Mountain Life: Field Trip Preparation - Grade 2 (Tennessee)

Students explore Porters Flat with a ranger.
Students explore Porters Flat with a ranger.
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Grade Level:
First Grade-Third Grade
Subject:
Community, Family Life, History, Social Studies
Duration:
30 minutes
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

Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a unique opportunity to witness the panorama of Southern Appalachian history and culture.

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) Introduce students to the tools and buildings used by early settlers.

Background

Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a unique opportunity to witness the panorama of Southern Appalachian history and culture. So tied to a sense of place, this history is embodied in a wide variety of preserved historic structures, cultural landscapes, cemeteries, archeological sites, museum objects, and archival documents. The Park is the keeper of intangible resources as folklore, literature, and music contribute to tell the stories of both
Native American and Euro-American peoples. These treasures enable us to connect one generation to another.

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 background information on historic tools and buildings and a Pre and Post Site Test.


Procedure

Read the background information to students describing the mountain farmstead and use the background sheet on the garden and surrounding out building for discussion.

Assessment

Administer a pre and post site test included in this lesson plan.

Vocabulary

adze, broad axe, community, crosscut saw, drawknife, events, froe ,history, maul, natural resources ,settlement, wedge