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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  • In this lesson students will become familiar with the vocabulary associated with the site lesson.  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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-College Undergraduate Level
    Keywords:
    biodiversity, all taxa biodiversity inventory, biological inventory, inventory and monitoring, endemic species, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, phenology monitoring, acid deposition, scientific method, scientific name
  • A ranger introduces activities for the day.

    The Great Smoky Mountains are world renowned for their diversity of plant and animal species. This great variety makes the park an exemplary outdoor laboratory for the study of relatively undisturbed native flora, fauna, physical environs, and processes of the Southern Appalachians.

    This unit is broken into three parts. The overall unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by one preparation activity and one wrap-up activity.  This is the wrap up activity of the unit. 

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Second Grade-Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Ecology
    Keywords:
    national park service, park ranger, web ranger, Junior Ranger
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Habitat Diversity - Grade 3 (Tennessee)

    Habitats are numerous and diverse within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Animals and plants alike need habitats. Habitats will be defined and students will take time to seek out clues from animals sharing habitats.
    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. 

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade
    Keywords:
    biodiversity, habitats, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, food chain
  • 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
  • Students explore life on a log as part of their Kindergarten field trip in the Smokies.

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Pre-Kindergarten-First Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Environment
    Keywords:
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, kindergarten, senses, Taste, touch, sight, Hear, smell
  • 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
  • Mingus Mill in autumn.

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    First Grade-Third Grade
    Subjects:
    Community, Family Life, History
    Keywords:
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, second grade, history, community, natural resources, settlers
  • Students explore life on a log as part of their Kindergarten field trip in the Smokies.

    Just as many exciting discoveries were made during the class trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there are many places to explore within your school yard.

    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 activity of the unit.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Pre-Kindergarten-First Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Environment
    Keywords:
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, kindergarten, senses, animals, observation
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Salamander Research Field Trip

    santeetlah salamander

    The Great Smoky Mountains are known as the “Salamander Capital of the World!” Salamanders are an especially abundant and diverse group in the Great Smokies. There are 30 species of salamanders within the boundaries of the Park. Since salamanders breathe through their skin they are more susceptible to water and air pollution. During this study students will work in groups to collect and record data in taking an inventory in monitoring many of the salamanders found in the park.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-College Undergraduate Level
    Keywords:
    Salamanders, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, biodiversity, long-term monitoring, phenology monitoring, acid deposition, graphing data sets
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