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High School Social Studies and History

(for lessons for Alabama and Tennessee, please contact 662-680-4027)

Social Studies

GPS the NATT: Students will use GPS coordinates to plot the Blackland Prairie section of the National Scenic Trail on a topography map. Mississippi

What's Happenin'?: The students will investigate current events associated with the Natchez Trace Parkway. They will write a journalism type report and/or develop a visual presentation. Subject areas may include: community events or issues, plants, animals, invasive species, boundary issues, social issues and environmental issues. Mississippi

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. Alabama Mississippi Tennessee

Preserving Our Heritage: Students will investigate local treasures (or imaginary ones) that could be protected. They will investigate how to help protect that resource and develop a management proposal. This could be used as a service learning project. Mississippi

This Land is YOUR Land: Students will learn to value the preservation of history by identifying what personally historic material objects are important to them. Mississippi

Population Estimation: Capture, Mark, and Recapture Method: Using mathematical forumlas, students will learn how to estimate an animal population using the Spotted Salamander as a study subject, and evaluate the results when an unnatural event affects that population. Mississippi

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. Mississippi

Trails Across America: Students will learn about nationally significant historic and scenic trails as they work in pairs, and develop a compare and contrast report of two trails. Mississippi

Personal Leadership

Preserving Our Heritage: Students will investigate local treasures (or imaginary ones) that could be protected. They will investigate how to help protect that resource and develop a management proposal. This could be used as a service learning project.Mississippi

This Land is YOUR Land: Students will learn to value the preservation of history by identifying what personally historic material objects are important to them. Mississippi

What's Happenin'?: The students will investigate current events associated with the Natchez Trace Parkway. They will write a journalism type report and/or develop a visual presentation. Subject areas may include: community events or issues, plants, animals, invasive species, boundary issues, social issues and environmental issues. Mississippi

Community Studies and US Government/Civics

What's Happenin'?: The students will investigate current events associated with the Natchez Trace Parkway. They will write a journalism type report and/or develop a visual presentation. Subject areas may include: community events or issues, plants, animals, invasive species, boundary issues, social issues and environmental issues. Mississippi

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. Alabama Mississippi Tennessee

Preserving Our Heritage: Students will investigate local treasures (or imaginary ones) that could be protected. They will investigate how to help protect that resource and develop a management proposal. This could be used as a service learning project. Mississippi

This Land is YOUR Land: Students will learn to value the preservation of history by identifying what personally historic material objects are important to them. Mississippi

Cop a Gig for the Trace (ACG-Cop a Gig) Students will produce a community service media project about some aspect of the Natchez Trace Parkway and a National Scenic Trail. This is a highly variable lesson plan. Mississippi

MS Studies

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. Mississippi

Preserving Our Heritage: Students will investigate local treasures (or imaginary ones) that could be protected. They will investigate how to help protect that resource and develop a management proposal. This could be used as a service learning project. Mississippi

What's Happenin'?: The students will investigate current events associated with the Natchez Trace Parkway. They will write a journalism type report and/or develop a visual presentation. Subject areas may include: community events or issues, plants, animals, invasive species, boundary issues, social issues and environmental issues. Mississippi

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. Alabama Mississippi Tennessee

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.