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Salamander Lesson Plans--Alabama

The lesson plans below contain Alabama curriculum standards that address salamanders found along the Natchez Trace Parkway and the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail.

Primary/Elementary

Kindergarten: KSS--Spotted Salamanders
Summary: The students will learn that scientists have learned that spotted salamanders protect themselves by having bright spots.

1st grade: 1SS--Spotted Salamanders
Summary: The students will learn that salamanders lay eggs, and change shape and go through several growth changes on their way to becoming adults.

2nd grade: 2SS--Spotted Salamanders
Summary: The students will learn about the life of a salamander by illustrating a book about the spotted salamander.

3rd and 4th grades: EAT--Across the Trace
Summary: The students will learn about the life and hardships of the life of the spotted salamander and develop a poster to advertise their plight.

5th grade: MAT--Across the Trace (b)
Summary: The students will learn about the life and hardships of the life of the spotted salamander, write a short report and develop a poster that will advertise their plight.

 

Middle School

6th-8th grades: MAT--Across the Trace (b)
Summary:
The students will learn about the life and hardships of the life of the spotted salamander, write a short report and develop a poster that will advertise their plight.

 

High School

High School: HSS--Population Estimation: Capture, March, and Recapture Method
Summary:
Students will learn how to estimate an animal population and evaluate the results when an unnatural even affects that population.

Did You Know?

The Tennessee River along the Natchez Trace Parkway

George Colbert operated a stand and ferry to cross the Tennessee River and is rumored to have charged Andrew Jackson $75,000 to ferry his army across the river.