Lesson Plan

Have to Have a Habitat: Field Trip Post-Site Part 1 - Grade 1 (North Carolina)

Ranger sharing the importance of water in habitats.
Ranger sharing the importance of water in habitats.
NPS Photo - Beth Wright


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. 


1) Students will improve their understanding of the attributes that make National Parks different than their own back yard.



Teachers coming on the accompanying field trip should download our complete field trip packet that includes all of the lessons: Have to Have a Habitat pre-site lessons, information and directions about the field trip and Have to Have a Habitat Wrap-up lessons.

Download the full Have to Have a Habitat Field Trip packet (includes Preparation and Wrap-up lessons).


This lesson includes a worksheet that gives an example of Venn diagram and a Pre and Post Site Test.


Students create a Venn diagram to compare and contrast a national park and their backyard.


Administer a pre and post site test that is included in the unit.


environment, habitat, nature