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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  • Natchez Trace Parkway

    Scavenger Hunt (Second Grade)

    Natchez Trace Scenic Trail, Rocky Springs trail junction

    The students will walk a National Scenic Trail and tally the different habitat elements are along the trail.  The information the students gather will be used to create a bar graph once they return to the classroom.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Second Grade
    Subjects:
    Mathematics, Science and Technology
    Keywords:
    habitat, habitats, instinct, Scavenger hunt, field trip, Nature Trail, bar graph, graphing
  • Frontier Days 2008

    The teacher will orient the students with an official map of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Prior to playing the game, the teacher will need to obtain “flags” and write character assignments on slips of paper. The students should keep their characters secret. In the flag-football type game, the students will role-play boatmen, American Indians, outlaws, and bears.  The slips of paper will also tell students whose flags they may take. The students will draw the names from a “hat”.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies, Writing
    Keywords:
    human migration, early settlers, settlers, Old Trace, Natchez Trace, Old Southwest, Roads, Mississippi History, Alabama History, Tennessee History, boatmen, Kaintucks, natchez trace parkway
  • Natchez Trace Parkway

    Scavenger Hunt

    Scavenger Hunt

    The students will walk the trail and look for the items on their scavenger hunt sheet. The teacher will explain to the students that they are to look for the different items on the Scavenger Hunt BINGO Board (SHBB) during the walk. The students will carry a SHBB with a crayon. As they walk the trail, the students will compare what they see on the trail and match it to pictured items on SHBB. When the students see an item on their sheet, they are to put an X over the picture with the crayon.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants
    Keywords:
    habitat, habitats, Scavenger hunt, field trip, Nature Trail, observation, living, non-living, matching, animals, plants
  • Natchez Trace Parkway

    Lost on the Trace

    Trail sign

    The students will be divided into pairs and they will pretend they are “Lost on the Trace”. They will be racing against each other to reach their destination by following the directions on a card.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Geography, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    cardinal direction, compass, map
  • Natchez Trace Parkway

    This Land is YOUR Land

    Bakers Bluff 1991

    The students will strengthen the concept of the importance of preservation of the past.  They will make two lists represent things important to them. The students will also participate in a discussion about history and nature quotes made by various famous people. Unknown to the students, at the end of the lesson they will destroy one of the lists that represents themselves. This will drive home the point that preservation and history are important.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
  • Trails Across America (5th-7th)

    Students will research National Historic and Scenic Trails, answer questions about the trail, generate a map showing the locations of the trails, and report orally. The students may work alone or in pairs. They will research an assigned trail (see list) on the internet www.nps.gov/nts or through maps pre-ordered or downloaded by the teacher. They will answer the questions on the worksheet. They will map their trail on a blank US map. When the students are finished, they will share what they have

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Seventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Colonial History, Commerce and Industry, Economics, Government, Health, Historic Preservation, History, Landscapes, Mexican War, Military and Wartime History, Physical Education, Physical Fitness, Pioneer America, Planning/Development, Public Policy, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Recreation Ecology, Science History, Social Studies, Sociology
    Keywords:
    trails, historic trail, scenic trail, human migration, recreation, outdoor recreation, Healthy Parks, healthy parks healthy living
  • 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. The Natchez Trace Parkway and the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail should both be assigned.  The students will use the information to develop an advertisement in the form of a poster, a song, a skit (a commercial or some other creative form). Student groups will present their ads to the rest of the class.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
    Keywords:
    research, National Parks, natchez trace parkway, reporting, government, community engagement, communities, social responsibility
  • Natchez Trace Parkway

    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 draw a picture of the Natchez Trace. The teacher will read How the Natchez Trace Came to Be to the students. The teacher will make sure that the students are listening and looking closely at the pictures. The students may refer to the pictures when they are drawing their own pictures. The teacher will also help the students to remember facts from the story by retelling the story to the class.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-First Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies, Writing
  • Your Target Heart Rate

    Students will be put through a jog on a nature trail of the parkway and learn the importance of stretching and exercising in their target heart rate zone. The students will determine their pulse and  maximum heart rate (MHR). The students will then determine their target heart rate (THR) zone by using their MHR and record their data. The students will then be put through a mild stretching exercise. Finally, the students will then participate in a jog along the trail to the end of the trail.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Physical Education
    Keywords:
    Heart Rate, Maximum Heart Rate, Target Heart Rate Zone, Healthy Parks, Healthy People, physical education, Physical Fitness, health, Public Health
  • Cottonmouth at Cypress Swamp

    Explain to students that they will be developing and then playing their very own classroom size game.  They will be learning about the hazards encountered by people traveling the Natchez Trace during the 1800’s. This is an excellent fun review of a study of the old-southwest Mississippi territory history in 1700-1800, especially concerning the Natchez Trace Parkway.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    History
    Keywords:
    human migration, Kaintucks, pioneers, pioneer trails, game, Survival
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