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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  • Cypress Swamp on the NTP

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants
    Keywords:
    creative writing, nature, trails
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    Scavenger Hunt (First Grade)

    Old Natchez Trace Trail, photo taken by Doug Schmidt

    The students will walk on a trail that is a portion of the Natchez Trace Parkway National Scenic Trail and try to find examples of habitat that are pictured on a scavenger hunt sheet. The students will learn the various requirements that plants and animals have and how those requirements differ.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    First Grade
    Subjects:
    Science and Technology
    Keywords:
    habitat, habitats, instinct, Scavenger hunt, field trip, Nature Trail
  • Emerald Mound, milepost 10.3

    By pretending they are investigating a theft, the students will compare and contrast Native American mounds from two time periods. They will use deductive reasoning to determine which objects belong to which mounds in either of the two time periods. The lesson can be used with photos provided in the plan or teachers may check out imitation artifact kits by calling 662-680-4015.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Geography, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    Mounds, Mound, Emerald Mound, Native American culture, Native American history, Mississippian period, woodland period, Chickasaw, Choctaw, artifacts, mound artifact, American Indians
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    History of the Natchez Trace

    History of the Natchez Trace

    The teacher will read How the Natchez Trace Came to Be to the students and the students will write a summary report of the book with help from the teacher. The teacher will show the students an official map of the Natchez Trace Parkway and have the students determine where they live in relation to the Parkway. The teacher will lead a reinforcing class discussion. Alternatively, the teacher may write the notes on the board after the story is read and then have the students copy the notes.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies, Writing
  • National Park Service Logo

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Government, History, Physical Education
    Keywords:
    research, National Parks, natchez trace parkway, reporting, government, community engagement, communities, social responsibility, public service, resource protection, plants, animals, history, maps, regions, compass, legacy, society
  • Fire Safety Review (and Good Fires)

    Students will review fire safety, be introduced to the concept that not all fire is bad, and engage in a physical activity that integrates fitness and fire safety knowledge. A guest speaker from the Fire Management Division at the Natchez Trace Parkway could be requested. The activity involves teamwork, body fitness, and space awareness, as well as fire safety knowledge.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Second Grade
    Subjects:
    Fire Safety, Health, Physical Education, Physical Fitness
    Keywords:
    fire safety, Physical Fitness, safety, game, physical education, Prescribed Fire, prescribed burning, Prescribed Burn, controlled burn
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    Name It

    Yockanookany sign along the Natchez Trace

    This lesson engages students to determine important locations and creatively develop their own names for places around the school. 

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies, Writing
    Keywords:
    Ethnic/Cultural Heritage, Cultural History, cultural influence, place name, geographic name, geographic names
  • Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense), a non-native invasive plant species

    On a National Scenic Trail, students will investigate how privet, a non-native plant species, out-competes and affects native plant species diversity. They will inventory the plants along the trail.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Plants, Environment
    Keywords:
    invasive, non-native, diversity, Bio-diversity, population, community, competition, exotic plants, plants, botany, national scenic trail, plant diversity
  • Natchez Trace Parkway

    History of the Natchez Trace

    Slide of travelers on the Natchez Trace

    The teacher will show the students a map of the Natchez Trace Parkway and show the students where they live in relation to the Parkway. The teacher will read "How the Natchez Trace Came to Be" (downloadable)  to the students.  The teacher has the option for several activities. The students can take notes during the reading of the story, help to retell the story, write sentences, fll out a cloze activity, and/or draw a picture of the Natchez Trace Parkway.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Second Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
    Keywords:
    human migration, early settlers, settlers, Old Trace, Natchez Trace, Old Southwest, Roads, Mississippi History, Alabama History, Tennessee History, boatmen, Kaintucks, natchez trace parkway
  • Preserving Our Heritage

    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:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Community, Government, Historic Preservation, History, Language Arts, Leadership, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    Conservation, Preservation, Paradigm shift, heritage, environmental education, environmental assessment, community service, service learning, historic preservation, environmental preservation, National Parks, national park service
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