Lesson Plan

Discovering Diversity

Wildflowers

Wildflower found on the Trace

NPS Photo

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Grade Level:
Fifth Grade
Subject:
Biology: Plants
Duration:
2 class periods
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
outdoors
National/State Standards:
Life Sciences: 3a, 3b,3e
Keywords:
invasive, non-native, diversity, population, community, competition, national scenic trail

Overview

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.

Objective(s)

Enduring Understanding: Diversity is important to the health of a natural area. 
 
Essential Question: What difference does it make if a plant species survives in an area?

The students will: 
1.) Collect data 
2.) Learn about plant diversity Identify and determine characteristics of plant species

Background

The Natchez Trace Parkway includes many trails. The Natchez Trace National Scenic Trails has five sections of foot trail, connected by the pParkway green-way. These trail sections represent a vignette of the surround natural areas. They are excellent trails for students to observe natural areas representative of state regions.

Materials

1.) Procedure

2.) Plot corner markers design (4)

3.) Plot Corner Marker suggestions

4.) Labeled toothpick markers (~26)

5.) Meter stick or meter-long piece of string

6.) Data Collection Sheet (2 pages)

7.) Scenic Trail Map

8.) 1 disposable camera per group (Optional)

9.) Example sheet of how to count and enter plant data

10.) Discussion Stimulators Sheet

Procedure

Assessment

Participation in the activities, accuracy and completion of data sheets and report.

Park Connections

The Natchez Trace Parkway has many different plant species.

Extensions

1.) Include review of this field trip when teaching other subjects that touch up on the importance of diversity.

2.) Research and write a report on a location that has lost diversity because of encroachment of non-native species or because of development.

Vocabulary

Invasive, non-native, diversity, population, community, competition