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    Natchez Trace

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Curriculum Materials

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a diverse blend of history, environment, and recreation. Its thousands of years of human history began with travelers who pre-dated the mound builders, and continues on through 20th century public works projects. The Trace contains diverse environmental features ranging from mixed hardwood forests on foothills, to prairie and swamps. The 444-mile corridor provides opportunities for a vast variety of outdoor recreational experiences. Our educational program reflects the diversity of the Trace and provides educational experiences that engage students and inspire learning.

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    Trails Across America (secondary 8th-12th)

    Trails Across America (secondary 8th-12th)

    Students will work in pairs to research National Historic and Scenic Trails and develop a compare and contrast report of two trails. Students will work in pairs to research and compare two scenic trails or two historic trails (see list). They will present their reports orally to the rest of the class. Visual aids are to be encouraged. If display boards are used as part of the assignment, the teacher should obtain permission to display them in the school or at a public library.

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    Trails Across America (5th-7th)

    Trails Across America (5th-7th)

    Students will research National Historic and Scenic Trails, answer questions about the trail, generate a map showing the locations of the trails, and report orally. The students may work alone or in pairs. They will research an assigned trail (see list) on the internet www.nps.gov/nts or through maps pre-ordered or downloaded by the teacher. They will answer the questions on the worksheet. They will map their trail on a blank US map. When the students are finished, they will share what they have

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    Trail Mapping

    Trail Mapping

    Explain to students that they will be mapping a trail in the forest using a map grid and compass. Hand out the map grid worksheet.

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    Tracing the Civil War

    Tracing the Civil War

    Students will examine the sites and events near the Natchez Trace Parkway in northeastern Mississippi. In these lessons, we will focus on the Civil War sites found near the modern Natchez Trace Parkway in northeastern Mississippi: Okolona, Brice’s Crossroads, and Tupelo. Teachers can choose any of 5 classroom activities regarding these battles and the Civil War Railroad network. Teachers can also bring their classes on field trips for many battlefield and event sites.

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    Trace Trekking Game

    Trace Trekking Game

    Explain to students that they will be developing and then playing their very own classroom size game. They will be learning about the hazards encountered by people traveling the Natchez Trace during the 1800’s. This is an excellent fun review of a study of the old-southwest Mississippi territory history in 1700-1800, especially concerning the Natchez Trace Parkway.

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    The Kaintucks

    The Kaintucks

    Students will play a game that integrates a lesson about some of the first pioneer travelers of the Natchez Trace. The students will learn about travelers of the Natchez Trace called “Kaintucks” and play a game incorporating what they learned.

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    Spotted Salamander Population Estimation: Capture, Mark, and Recapture Method

    Spotted Salamander Population Estimation: Capture, Mark, and Recapture Method

    Students will learn how to estimate an animal population and evaluate the results when an unnatural event affects that population. Discuss the necessity for researchers to know how many animals are in a population, and various events that might affect an animal population. They will start with a “spotted salamander population” represented by white beans. They will then “mark” salamanders by replacing spotted beans with white beans. They will estimate the number of individuals in their population

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    Spotted Salamanders

    Spotted Salamanders

    The students will learn that scientists have learned that spotted salamanders protect themselves by having bright spots. The students will learn that spotted salamanders live in our neighborhoods (see teacher fact sheet) and along the Natchez Trace Parkway. They are very pretty but they taste terrible if another animal tries to eat them. Explain to the students that scientists study the salamanders to learn all about their lives.

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    Spotted Salamanders (Second Grade)

    Spotted Salamanders (Second Grade)

    Discuss the life history of salamanders with students using photo from books, the internet or the drawings provided. The students will learn that spotted salamanders live in their neighborhoods (see range map) and along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Option: Have the students do the Spotted Salamander Life Stages work sheet.

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    Preserving Our Heritage

    Preserving Our Heritage

    Students will investigate local treasures that are not protected. They will investigate how to help protect them and develop a management proposal. This lesson specifically relates to areas related to the old Natchez Trace, however, the methods could be applied to any local landmark.

Did You Know?

The view from Little Mountain, one of the highest points along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

The terrain along the Natchez Trace Parkway changes from 70 to 1,100 feet in elevation and passes through 5 degrees of latitude.