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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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  • These materials can be used to teach students about how the Natchez Trace Parkway and the Natchez Trace Scenic trails relate to the National Park Service and the government more broadly, through class discussion and a review worksheet.

    Type:
    Student Activities
    Grade level:
    High School: Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
  • 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.

    Type:
    Student Activities
    Grade level:
    High School: Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
  • The Birdsong Hollow Bridge, Near Milepost 438

    Enduring Understanding: Both the physical characteristics and human inhabitants of regions change over time.
    Essential Question: What are some essential engineering aspects that go into making a travel corridor more functional?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    High School: Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science,Social Studies
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    Spotted Salamander Lesson K-2

    Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)

    Enduring Understanding: Animals have adaptations that help them survive.
    Essential Question: Why do these salamanders have bright spots?

    The students will:
    1) Correctly color a picture of a spotted salamander
    2) Learn that bright spots on an animal can mean danger
    3) Learn that human-made toys do not always represent reality.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Lower Elementary: Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade
    Subjects:
    Literacy and Language Arts,Science
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    Spotted Salamanders' Spots and Eggs

    Male Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) found along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

    Enduring Understanding: Animal species have characteristics that help to define them.
    Essential Question: Why are spotted salamanders spotted with bright colors?

    The student will:
    1.) Use descriptive words to describe
    2.) Learn that bright colors on animals are often warnings and protect the animal from predators.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Lower Elementary: Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade
    Subjects:
    Literacy and Language Arts,Science
  • Natchez Parkway

    Essential Question: What factors make it quicker to hike the Natchez Trace today rather than in the early 1800's?

    The students will be able to:
    1) Locate various places on Natchez Trace Parkway
    2) Identify landmarks on a map
    3) Measure distances between points on a map using using the four operations
    4) Use critical thinking and math operations to plan a successful trip.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Math
  • The Postman Rider logo is a symbol of the Natchez Trace Parkway

    Enduring Understanding: Symbols can be a representation of history or ideas.
    Essential Question: What symbols do the National Park Service and Natchez Trace Parkway have and what do they stand for?

    The students will be able to recognize the National Park Service, the Natchez Trace Parkway and the National Scenic Trail signs when they are traveling with their parents.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Literacy and Language Arts
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    History of the Natchez Trace

    Natchez Trace travelers

    Enduring Understanding: Human migration impacts cultural development of societies.
    Essential Question: What was the purpose of the Old Natchez Trace?
    The students will:
    1.) Listen to and retell a non-fiction story.
    2.) Compose a text relating to the story while using proper writing grammar and mechanics
    3.) Determine their location in relation to the Natchez Trace Parkway.
    4.) Learn about the different people who have used the Natchez Trace over a period of time
    more...

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Literacy and Language Arts,Social Studies
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    Spotted Salamanders (First Grade)

    A Spotted Salamander laying eggs

    The students will learn that spotted salamanders live in our neighborhoods and along the Natchez Trace Parkway. They are very pretty but taste terrible if another animal tries to eat them. Explain to the students that scientists study the salamanders to learn all about their lives.  Students will read the attached student reading and correctly sequence the chronological or mixed up life stages sheet.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    First Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals
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    Safety First!

    Safety tips for the Natchez Trace Parkway

    This is a pre-visit safety lesson. It is highly recommended that this lesson be reviewed before students visit the Natchez Trace Parkway. Students will learn about safety concerns and how to prepare for a visit to the Natchez Trace Parkway through class discussion and checklist. Discuss the safety sheet and hazards students may encounter in the park.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    General
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
    Keywords:
    hiking safety, field trips, field trip, school children, field trip preparation, field trip safety
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