Lesson Plan

Have to Have a Habitat: Field Trip Post-Site Part 2 - 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 2 of the wrap-up activities of the unit. 


1) Students will increase their understanding and appreciation of spiders adaptations and role in the food web.



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 with instructions for building a spider hider and a Pre and Post Site Test.


Step 1: Build web frame for spiders.

Step 2: Observe frame over time to monitor any changes.


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


environment, habitat, nature, adaptations