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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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • monarch caterpillar on milk weed

    Students will walk a trail and record information from observations. They will investigate the different living and non-living elements that make up one section of their local environment. The purpose of this lesson is three-fold. First students will make observations in a natural setting. Second they will learn to recognize diversity in one area of a trail. Third, they will be encouraged to think about why it is important to protect natural areas.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Environment
    Keywords:
    ecosystem, terrain, watershed, Sign, organic, science inquiry, inquiry, living, non-living, inorganic, Discovery Hike, hike, field trip, observation
  • Spotted Salamanders: Love those Spots!

    Spotted Salamanders have yellow spots which warn predators that they are poisonous. While not lethally toxic, their poison makes them taste very bitter to an animal that would like to eat them.  Salamanders lay eggs in water and juveniles metamorphose and lizards lay eggs on land and juveniles resemble adults. 

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    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Pre-Kindergarten-First Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Ecology
    Keywords:
    metamorphosis, Amphibian, spotted salamander, poisonous, adaptations
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