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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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  • Animal Populations Up and Down

    Animal populations have natural cycles. Those cycles are frequently influenced by human pressures. Students will see animal populations grow and decline, and learn more about predator prey adaptations that classify animals. This lesson introduces the basic population dynamic concepts with simplified fluctuations.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Agriculture, Biology: Animals, Ecology, Environment, Recreation Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
    Keywords:
    environment, ecology, animal population, animal, ecosystem, population dynamics
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    Spotted Salamanders (Second Grade)

    Spotted Salamander metamorphosis

    Discuss the life history of salamanders with students using photo from books, the internet or the drawings provided. The students will learn that spotted salamanders live in their neighborhoods (see range map) and along the Natchez Trace Parkway.  Option: Have the students do the Spotted Salamander Life Stages work sheet.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Second Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Science and Technology
    Keywords:
    salamander, metamorphosis, Amphibian, spotted salamander, adaptations, community service, natchez trace parkway, resource protection, animal protection, animal population, vernal pool, instinct
  • Tishomingo's mark on a Mississippi land deed

    This lesson was developed by the Chickasaw Nation Department of Culture and Humanities. Students whose ancestors had been removed to Oklahoma returned to their ancestral homelands in Mississippi to create educational resources for the Natchez Trace Parkway. This is one of those resources.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Anthropology, Civil Rights Movement, Pioneer America, Social Studies, Sociology, Westward Expansion
    National/State Standards:
    (1) Oklahoma History and Government Content Standard 2.3: 
    (2) Oklahoma History and Government Content Standard 2.4A:
    (3) U.S. History Content Standard 1.2A:
    (4) U.S. History Content Standard 1.2B:
    Keywords:
    Chickasaw, trail of tears, Native American, American Indian, human migration, Civil Rights, Indian Removal, Oklahoma history, Mississippi History
  • Where is Martha the Passenger Pigeon?

    This lesson looks at the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon, as well as possible modern alternatives to extinction. This can be used as a traditional lesson, flipped classroom, or facilitated dialogue.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Agriculture, Art, Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Museum Studies, Philosophy, Recreation Ecology, Science History, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
    National/State Standards:
    LS2A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
    LS2C Ecosystems Dynamics Functioning and Resilience
    LS4D Biodiversity and Humans
    Asking Questions and Defining Problems
    Cause and Effect
    Keywords:
    Extinct, extinction, passenger pigeon, biodiversity, diversity
  • Tracing the Civil War

    Students will examine the sites and events near the Natchez Trace Parkway in northeastern Mississippi. In these lessons, we will focus on the Civil War sites found near the modern Natchez Trace Parkway in northeastern Mississippi: Okolona, Brice’s Crossroads, and Tupelo. Teachers can choose any of 5 classroom activities regarding these battles and the Civil War Railroad network. Teachers can also bring their classes on field trips for many battlefield and event sites. 

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    African American History and Culture, Civil War, History, Slavery, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    Civil War, USCT, Mississippi, railroad, united states colored troops, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Samuel Sturgis
  • Birdsong Hollow Bridge

    A historical narrative and four independent lesson activities including mapping, persuasive letter writing, research, and “bridge building” are provided to teach students about the physical evolution of the Natchez Trace. This lesson will teach about the history of the building of the road now known as the Natchez Trace Parkway. Four separate activities are provided, including plotting the Trace on a blank map, writing a letter, learning about engineering, and building a bridge with cards.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    History
    Keywords:
    human migration, early settlers, settlers, Old Trace, Natchez Trace, Old Southwest, Roads
  • Symbols

    The students will learn the symbols of the Natchez Trace Parkway and the National Scenic Trail and then color the symbols correctly while looking at an example. The students will learn about the Natchez Trace Parkway and the National Scenic Trail symbols. They will learn what each symbol represents. After the students have heard the background, they will color the two coloring sheets. The sheets must be colored using the correct colors in the correct places.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
    Keywords:
    National Park, trail, represent, Symbol, coloring page, symbols, post rider, postrider
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    What’s Its Name?

    What’s Its Name?

    Students will read a short narrative about the history of the Natchez Trace and then complete a matching worksheet. The teacher will help the students locate the Natchez Trace Parkway on a map. The teacher will help the students locate the periods addressed in a narrative on a timeline. The teacher will read, or assist in reading a narrative about the history of the Natchez Trace. The teacher will explain that the narrative is a mix of fact and historical fiction.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Language Arts, Social Studies
  • Wildflowers

    The students will visit a National Scenic Trail and investigate the diversity and adaptations of biological organisms along the trail. They will collect data on the trail and create and compare representative grafts in the classroom.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Plants
    Keywords:
    invasive, non-native, diversity, population, community, competition, national scenic trail
  • Rather die freemen than live to be slaves - 3rd United States Colored Troops

    African American troops fought valiantly in the Civil War. This Teacher Ranger Teacher created lesson uses a web quest and primary sources to look at the contributions of these brave soldiers.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    African American History and Culture, Civil Rights Movement, Civil War, History, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    USCT, primary source analysis, united states colored troops, Civil War, Mississippi, teaching with primary sources, black soldiers
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