Great Smoky Mountains National Park, kindergarten, senses, animals, observation
Just as many exciting discoveries were made during the class trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there are many places to explore within your school yard.
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 1 of the wrap up activity of the unit.
1. Teach students that through careful observation, there are many things waiting to be discovered.
Teachers coming on the accompanying field trip should download our complete field trip packet that includes all of the lessons: Explore With Your Senses Pre-Site lesson, information and directions about the field trip and Wrap-up part 1 and 2 post site lesson..
Step 1: Have the students use a magnifying glass to make an inventory in their school’s back yard.
Step 2: Compare the list with the items they found at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Ask the students if the list is longer or shorter? Were any of the same types of items found? Is their school yard bigger of smaller than the national park?
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to over 17,000 known different types of animals and plants. Scientist are still learning about the different organisms that live in the park, sometimes by doing simple observation projects in small areas.