Lesson Plan

Scrapbooking the Natchez Trace

Red Fox on the Natchez Trace

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Grade Level:
Fifth Grade
Subject:
Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants
Duration:
4-5 class periods
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
Science:3, 3b
Language Arts: 3, 3a, 3d
Keywords:
essay, scrapbook, language arts, biology, botany, animal, research

Overview

The students will create a scrapbook of the plants and animals of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Each student will be assigned a plant or animal that lives on the Trace.  The students will perform research to find interesting facts about it.  As the students are researching, they should also find a picture of the species.  When all of the assignments have been turned in, the teacher will bind the pages together to make a classroom scrapbook of the animals and plants that live on the Natchez Trace.

Objective(s)

Enduring Understanding: Research can teach us new information that can be shared with others.

Essential Question: How can we learn about a subject through internet research?

The students will:

1) research a plant or animal

2) write a report on that plant or animal

3) use the internet to research

Background

Many different species of plants and animals call the Natchez Trace Parkway home. Attached is a short list of the plants and animals for the teacher to choose from for the assignment. This list consists of animals that are commonly seen on the Natchez Trace so that students will be more familiar with them. Some of the plants on the list are not commonly seen from the road. Most are easy to recognize after being seen once. A complete list of plants and animals can be obtained by contacting the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center at 662-680-4027 or go to www.nps.gov/natr.

Vocabulary Words:

• Nocturnal- active at night

• Diurnal- active during the day

• Crepuscular- active at dawn and dusk

• Invasive- not natural to or invading an area

• Native- natural to an area

• Offspring- a young child or animal

Materials

1.) Information to research

2.) Computer lab with printers

3.) Scrapbooking materials

Procedure

Assessment

The students will be assessed on the report they will turn in for the scrapbook. Each student will be graded individually.

Park Connections

Many different species of plants and animals call the Natchez Trace Parkway home.

Extensions

1.) If students are more advanced, assign a plant and an animal to each student and require the same information for each.

2.) Refer to the Discover Diversity Lesson Plan. Students may orally report about their plant or animal. Visit a Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail to view the plants and animal habitat.

Additional Resources

A complete list of plants and animals can be obtained by contacting the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center at 662-680-4027 or go to www.nps.gov/natr.

Vocabulary

Nocturnal, diurnal, crepuscular, invasive, native, offspring