Lesson Plan

Have to Have a Habitat: Field Trip Preparation 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 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.


1) To teach students differences between insects and invertebrates


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 packet includes an example chart of insect, spider, and human characteristic differences and a Pre and Post Site Test.


Step 1: As a group, discuss the differences between insects and spiders.

Step 2: Make a list on the board or on a flip chart of all the correct answers.

Step 3: Have the students then compare insects and spider characteristics to those of humans.


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


insect, arthropod, invertebrate, taxonomy