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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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    Planning the Trek

    Planning the Trek

    Students will use maps to locate specific points and measure the distances between those points. Students they will pretend they are mapping out a trip along the Natchez Trace. They will determine how long it would take to drive (easy), walk (hard), bike, and ride the Natchez Trace Parkway today. They will compare their answers to the average time it took historic boatmen to travel the Trace.

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    Symbols

    Symbols

    The students will learn the symbols of the Natchez Trace Parkway and the National Scenic Trail and then color the symbols correctly while looking at an example. The students will learn about the Natchez Trace Parkway and the National Scenic Trail symbols. They will learn what each symbol represents. After the students have heard the background, they will color the two coloring sheets. The sheets must be colored using the correct colors in the correct places.

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    Your Target Heart Rate

    Your Target Heart Rate

    Students will be put through a jog on a nature trail of the parkway and learn the importance of stretching and exercising in their target heart rate zone. The students will determine their pulse and maximum heart rate (MHR). The students will then determine their target heart rate (THR) zone by using their MHR and record their data. The students will then be put through a mild stretching exercise. Finally, the students will then participate in a jog along the trail to the end of the trail.

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    Talk about the Trail

    Talk about the Trail

    The students may do this as a part of an extended field trip to the Natchez Trace Parkway. The students will walk on a short trail like the Cypress Swamp. The students will write about and illustrate an element of their experience using the attached prompt sheet.

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    Salamanders Crossing: Look Out!

    Salamanders Crossing: Look Out!

    The students will learn about the life stages of the Spotted Salamander. The students will study a map and discuss the plight of the salamanders. The students will create posters to advertise the problem and present possible solutions. They may work in groups to make large posters or individually to create small posters. This lesson will help students learn that they can use scientific information to help improve human interactions with the environment.

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    Something Old and Something New

    Something Old and Something New

    On seven maps from 1816 to the present, small groups of students will compare and contrast the areas surrounding the Natchez Trace Parkway and answer questions about the maps. The students will compare and contrast maps of varying age, detail and accuracy. They will draw on the maps to locate features. They will compare and contrast the growth of an area, using different maps. Review how to locate features on a map prior to the lesson.

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    So What is the Natchez Trace Parkway?

    So What is the Natchez Trace Parkway?

    This lesson will teach students about how the Natchez Trace Parkway and the Natchez Trace Scenic trails relate to the National Park Service, through class discussion and review worksheet. This lesson will introduce students to the concept of the National Park Service the government unit behind the existence of the Natchez Trace Parkway and the associated National Scenic Trails. Students will participate in class discussion through an informal presentation and complete a related worksheet.

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    Who, what, and why is a National Park?

    Who, what, and why is a National Park?

    Students will research a National Park online or from printed materials and answer relevant questions on a worksheet. They will develop an advertisement for the park they researched. The Natchez Trace Parkway and the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail should both be assigned. The students will use the information to develop an advertisement in the form of a poster, a song, a skit (a commercial or some other creative form). Student groups will present their ads to the rest of the class.

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    Scenic Trail Discovery Hike

    Scenic Trail Discovery Hike

    Students will walk a trail and record information from observations. They will investigate the different living and non-living elements that make up one section of their local environment. The purpose of this lesson is three-fold. First students will make observations in a natural setting. Second they will learn to recognize diversity in one area of a trail. Third, they will be encouraged to think about why it is important to protect natural areas.

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    Scavenger Hunt

    Scavenger Hunt

    The students will walk the trail and look for the items on their scavenger hunt sheet. The teacher will explain to the students that they are to look for the different items on the Scavenger Hunt BINGO Board (SHBB) during the walk. The students will carry a SHBB with a crayon. As they walk the trail, the students will compare what they see on the trail and match it to pictured items on SHBB. When the students see an item on their sheet, they are to put an X over the picture with the crayon.

Did You Know?

The Sunken Trace at mile post 41.5 on the Natchez Trace Parkway

The "Sunken Trace" at milepost 41.5 on the Natchez Trace Parkway was caused by thousands of travelers walking over the easily eroded loess soil.