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  • Stones River National Battlefield

    Adaptation of Plants to Cedar Glades

    Tennessee Coneflower in Cedar Glade

    Grades:  5-9

    Subjects: Science (Biology), American History (Civil War)

    Common Core Standards:  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4 Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6‹8 texts and topics.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Ninth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Plants, Botany, Ecology
  • Stones River National Battlefield

    Better Know a Regiment

    Painting of Colonel Maney’s soldiers lurking just inside the tree line during the Battle of Stones River.

    Teachers and students will accompany a ranger by bus or foot in search of the path taken by ancestral Civil War regiments during the Battle of Stones River. Prior research by the students using primary sources and historical documents will allow them to actively participate in the program, not just observe. Students will learn the history of their ancestors, the importance of the Battle of Stones River, and experience firsthand a small part of what the soldiers did more than 150 years ago.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-General
    Subjects:
    Anthropology, Civil War, Community, Geography, Historic Preservation, History, Military and Wartime History, Museum Studies
  • 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
  • General Braxton Bragg and General William Rosecrans

    Compare the leadership styles of Generals Braxton Bragg and William S. Rosecrans during their bloody confrontation at Stones River. Students will discover how to apply the seven habits of highly effective people to a historical event.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade-College Undergraduate Level
    Subjects:
    Civil War, Leadership, Military and Wartime History, Political Science, Psychology
  • Tracing the Civil War

    Students will examine the sites and events near the Natchez Trace Parkway in northeastern Mississippi. In these lessons, we will focus on the Civil War sites found near the modern Natchez Trace Parkway in northeastern Mississippi: Okolona, Brice’s Crossroads, and Tupelo. Teachers can choose any of 5 classroom activities regarding these battles and the Civil War Railroad network. Teachers can also bring their classes on field trips for many battlefield and event sites. 

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    African American History and Culture, Civil War, History, Slavery, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    Civil War, USCT, Mississippi, railroad, united states colored troops, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Samuel Sturgis
  • Stones River National Battlefield

    The Trail of Tears in Middle Tennessee

    Photograph of an official Trail of Tears “Original Route” sign along Old Nashville Highway in Murfreesboro, TN.

    This program will provide a first-hand opportunity for students to walk the original Trail of Tears at Stones River National Battlefield, learn why the Indian Removal Act of 1830 was passed, and the role native Tennessean Andrew Jackson played in the brutal relocation of over 15,000 people.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-General
    Subjects:
    Anthropology, Geography, Government, Immigration, Law, Military and Wartime History, Pioneer America, Westward Expansion, Wilderness
  • 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