Lesson Plan

Have to Have a Habitat: Field Trip Preparation Part 3 - 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 3 of the field preparation activity.


1) Students will become more familiar with the common types of organisms found in their backyard.


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 invertebrates that may be seen on the field trip and a Pre and Post Site Test.


Step 1: Print out What Lies Beneath worksheet for students to color or play memory game.


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


insect, invertebrate