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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  • Ranger sharing the importance of water in habitats.

    The fundamental significance of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is that it is a sanctuary for a remarkable diverse array of native plants and animals, providing a place that students can learn about the different animal groups.

    This unit is broken into three parts. The overall unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by three preparation activities and three wrap-up activities.  This is part 1 of the field preparation activity of the unit.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Second Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Ecology
    Keywords:
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, first grade, animal groups, invertebrates, plants, habitats
  • Students look for tardigrades

    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 a wrap-up activity.  This is the field preparation 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, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, biological inventory, inventory and monitoring, extremophile, meiofauna
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    Ground Level Ozone Monitoring - Middle 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 three preparation activities and two wrap-up activities.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Keywords:
    ground level ozone, air pollution effects, biomonitoring, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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    Adaptations and Interactions - Grade 4 (Tennessee)

    Students investigate the role that National Park rangers play in managing natural resources.The process and scientific method of field biology are demostrated through the studies of herpetology and ichthyology. 

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Keywords:
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, adaptation, interactions, ichthyology, herpetology
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    Wild Habitats - 1st Grade (Tennessee)

    The fundamental significance of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is that it is a sanctuary for a remarkable diverse array of native plants and animals, providing a place that students can learn about the different animal groups. 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:
    First Grade
    Keywords:
    animals, birds, reptiles, Amphibian, insects, mammals, Fish, vertebrates, invertebrate
  • 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
  • A view of distant mountains from Clingmans Dome.

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an excellent backdrop for students as they explore the natural world.  This unit is broken into three parts. The overall unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by three preparation activities and three wrap-up activities.  This is Part 3 of the field preparation activity of the unit. 

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Climate, Earth Science, Geography, Meteorology
    Keywords:
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, fifth grade, weather, climate, air pollution, air quality
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    Water Quality Monitoring - Middle School

    Students work through pre field activities that introduce them to vocabulary, methods and aquatic invertebrate orders.  During the field trip students will explore a park stream to monitor it's health based on chemical and biological indicators.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Seventh Grade-Ninth Grade
    Keywords:
    water quality, monitoring, bioindicator, water pollution, biological inventory, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • A park ranger helps two young boys look at life on a moss-covered log

    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:
    Kindergarten
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    Explore With Your Senses - Kindergarten (North Carolina)

    A park ranger helps two students examine a decaying log.

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten
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