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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  • 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

    Tree Phenology Monitoring (High School)

    ranger with high school students

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park is using phenology, the study of biological events that change in response to their environment, to investigate the changing climate. This unit is broken into three parts. The overall unit involves 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
    Keywords:
    phenology monitoring, scientific method, climate change effects, data analysis, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, long-term monitoring
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Water Quality - High School (Tennessee)

    The Smokies has over 2,100 miles of rushing mountain streams and rivers that flow through the park. In each mile lives a diverse community of native fish, amphibians, insects, and larvae, some of which are found only in the Southern Appalachians. Scientists monitor water quality, fish populations, and watersheds to better understand the dynamics of water running through diverse ecosystems. During this unit the students will assist the park in collecting chemical and biological data.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-College Undergraduate Level
    Keywords:
    long-term monitoring, biological inventory, bioindicator, water quality, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, graphing data sets
  • 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 remarkably 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 2 of the wrap-up activities of the unit. 

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Second Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Ecology
    Keywords:
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, first grade, animals
  • Students explore life on a log as part of their Kindergarten field trip in the Smokies.

    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 environments, 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 two wrap-up activities.  This is part 2 of the wrap up activity of the unit.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Pre-Kindergarten-First Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Environment
    Keywords:
    national park service, park ranger, web ranger, Junior Ranger
  • Students explore Porters Flat with a ranger.

    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, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, second grade, history, community, natural resources, settlers
  • 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 1 of the wrap-up activities 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, climate, weather, air pollution
  • 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 remarkably 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 wrap-up activities of the unit. 

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Second Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Ecology
    Keywords:
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, first grade, animals, plants, habitats
  • a microscopic tardigrade

    When most students imagine national parks and nature in general they probably think of large animals such as bear and deer. Although bear, deer, and other visible animals are important parts of the ecosystem, there are other pieces that we often overlook. Tardigrades and other microorganisms are some of the most numerous and most biodiverse organisms on Earth. This unit explores the biodiversity of these microscopic organisms as students learn to isolate the microscopic world living in lichens.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Keywords:
    extremophile, meiofauna, tardigrade, biological inventory, all taxa biodiversity inventory, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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