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    Part of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail (NOT the Parkway) near Tupelo, MS, has been closed until 2015 due to construction under Tupelo's Major Thoroughfare Construction Project. Parkway travelers may expect delays, but no detours are expected. More »

Sixth Grade Lesson Plans

Science


Alien Invasion: On a National Scenic Trail, students will investigate how privet, a non-native invasive plant species, out-competes and adversely affects native plant species diversity.
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Across the Trace: Students will learn about the life and hardships of the spotted salamander, write a short report, and develop a poster that will advertise their plight.
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Ecoregions: The students will investigate an ecoregion of the NATR and fill out a worksheet with ecoregions characteristics. They will then collect the information into a class scrapbook.
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What's Happenin' on the Trace: The students will investigate current events associated with the Natchez Trace Parkway. They will write a journalistic-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. (Alabama 7th grade and High School)
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Social Studies/Geography

This Land is YOUR Land: Students will learn to value the preservation of history by identifying personally historic objects which are important to them.
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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. (Alabama 7th grade)
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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. (AL & TN: 5th and 7th grades)
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What's Happenin' on the Trace: 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. (Alabama 7th grade)
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Language Arts

What's Happenin' on the Trace: 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. (Alabama 7th grade)
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Physical Education

Traveling the Natchez Trace: The students will engage in several physical exercises while using their map skills.
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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.