Curriculum Materials

We offer a variety of free, ranger-led, curriculum-based programs that are correlated to North Carolina and Tennessee state learning standards. Our education programs are crafted for particular grade levels and their specific state standards. Please visit the pages below for information on program locations, details on program themes and activities, and downloadable lesson plans.

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  • Students engage in a game of marbles.

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for its scenic beauty, rich biodiversity, and continuum of human history.  This activity provides an opportunity for students to learn about other national park sites and why they are protected.

    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 2 of the wrap up activity of the unit.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Family Life, History, Regional Studies, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    national park service, park ranger, web ranger, Junior Ranger
  • Girl with salamander

    The Great Smoky Mountains are known as the “Salamander Capital of the World!” Salamanders are an especially abundant and diverse group in the park. Researchers use salamanders as a bio-indicator to help assess the health of our forests threatened by air pollution and impacts from a changing climate. This unit is broken into three parts. This unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by a preparation activity and a wrap-up activity.  This is the wrap-up activity of the unit.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Chemistry, Civic Engagement, Climate Change, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Environment, Mathematics
    Keywords:
    biodiversity, research, inventory and monitoring, Salamanders, Amphibian, acid deposition, phenology monitoring, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • students using microscopes

    In this lesson students will be introduced to the microscopic world that thrives in lichens including Tardigrade characteristics, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory and man-made threats.  This unit is broken into three parts including a trip to the park, a preparation activity and two wrap-up activities.  This is the field preparation activity of the unit.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Earth Science, Ecology, Environment, Science and Technology
    Keywords:
    biodiversity, all taxa biodiversity inventory, ATBI, extremophile, tardigrade, meiofauna, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • View from Wolf Creek

    The students will gain understanding of the plants and trees handled by American Indians. The students will be given a sheet with GPS coordinates on it, and then will go to that location and sketch what they find at that coordinate. After they find the coordinates the students will view a power point on some of the plants and trees on the trail. The Students will learn about plants in the park area and how American Indians used them.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Language Arts, Social Studies
  • Students engage in a game of marbles.

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Family Life, History, Regional Studies, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, fourth grade, history, community, natural resources, settlers
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    The Smokies Rock! Middle School (Tennessee)

    Students will hike to a scenic view to explore the Smokies geology and its impacts on local geography. Maps, compasses and GPS units are used.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Keywords:
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, GPS, GIS, mapping, geology
  • Students engage in a game of marbles.

    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 trip preparation activity of the unit. 

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Family Life, History, Regional Studies, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, fourth grade, history, Appalachian culture, community, natural resources, settlement, blacksmithing
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Ground Level Ozone Biomonitoring - High School

    Scientists have noticed that ground level ozone levels tend to be worse at higher elevations, especially at night.  This lesson will introduce students to these ozone issues. This unit is broken into three parts. involving a trip to the park and is accompanied by two preparation activities and two wrap-up activities.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-College Undergraduate Level
  • Black-bellied salamander sitting on a leaf

    The Great Smoky Mountains are known as the “Salamander Capital of the World!” Salamanders are an especially abundant and diverse group in the park. Researchers use salamanders as a bio-indicator to help assess the health of our forests threatened by air pollution and impacts from a changing climate. This unit is broken into three parts. This unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by a preparation activity and a wrap-up activity.  This is the field preparation activity of the unit. 

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    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Environment
  • scanning microscope image of tardigrade

    This lesson allows students to further their knowledge about extremophiles.  This unit is broken into three parts. This unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by a preparation activity and  a wrap-up activity.  This is part 3 of the field wrap-up activity of the unit.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-College Undergraduate Level
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Earth Science, Ecology, Environment
    Keywords:
    tardigrade, biodiversity, all taxa biodiversity inventory, extremophile, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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