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  • Artist rendition of Cherokees walking The Trail of Tears in the winter months

    Russell Cave National Monument is one of the few National Parks that is located and associated with the rich cultural stories of the Trail of Tears. Students will learn how to survive the Trail of Tears by analyzing photos and stories from historical records that are associated with the Cherokee during the Trail of Tears.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Health, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Science History, Social Studies, Writing
    Keywords:
    American Indians, Native American history, american indian culture, trail of tears, hiking trails, Paddling
  • Russell Cave National Monument

    Burning Calories on the Trails of Tears

    The Cherokee Walking The Trail of Tears

    Russell Cave National Monument is one of the few National Parks that is located and associated with the rich cultural stories of the Trail of Tears. Students will estimate the number of calories the Cherokee burned a day by learning about the Benge route and participating in a one-mile hike.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Health, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Science History, Social Studies, Writing
    Keywords:
    trail of tears, American Indians, Native American culture, Native American history, native americans, Physical Fitness, fitness, hiking, Paddling, Alabama, social studies, history
  • Trail of Tears 800 Miles Insignia

    Russell Cave National Monument is one of the few National Parks that is located and associated with the rich cultural stories of the Trail of Tears. Students will learn the experiences and nutritional needs during the Trail of Tears.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Health, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Science History, Social Studies, Writing
    Keywords:
    american indian culture, cherokee indian, cherokee history, hiking trails, Hiking Trail, Alabama, North Alabama, trail of tears
  • View from Wolf Creek

    The students will gain understanding of the plants and trees handled by American Indians. The students will be given a sheet with GPS coordinates on it, and then will go to that location and sketch what they find at that coordinate. After they find the coordinates the students will view a power point on some of the plants and trees on the trail. The Students will learn about plants in the park area and how American Indians used them.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Language Arts, Social Studies
  • Russell Cave National Monument

    C.A.V.E.S.

    Russell Cave's Entrance

    C.A.V.E.S. is a self-guided tour for upper elementary school groups or scout groups.  Five stations based on the significant features of RUCA will be visited by small groups. Each group will visit the following stations: Caves, Archaeology, Vascular Plants, Ecosystem, and Skins & Skulls.  During these stations, each small group leader will be issued a tablet. Using the tablet, students will listen to a podcast for an introduction and instructions for station.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Education, Environment, Geology, History, Museum Studies, Reading, Science History, Writing
    Keywords:
    Caves, Native American culture, native americans, Native American history, Alabama, earth science, physical science, history, geology, Biology Plants
  • Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    Keywords:
    National Parks, legacy, cultural resources, natural resources, heritage, climate change, careers, Wildland-Urban Interface