Lesson Plan

Incline 6: An Interpretive Hike

Tracks going down Incline Plane #6
Tracks going down Incline Plane #6

National Park Service

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Sixth Grade
Biology: Plants, Botany, Commerce and Industry, Design, Earth Science, Engineering, Geography, Geometry, Historic Preservation, History, Inventions / Inventors
45 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
National Standard 2
National Standard 3
Pennsylvania Standard 1.6.5
Pennsylvania Standard 7.3
Pennsylvania Standard 7.3.6
Pennsylvania Standard 3.6


In this activity the students will hike a trail to the bottom of Incline 6 and back up by way of the incline itself. On the way down students will learn about the natural resources used as raw materials in the building of the Allegheny Portage Railroad. On the way up students will learn about the cultural resources related to the incline. They will also have the opportunity to determine the angle of the incline and the change in elevation.


Inclinometer, pen and paper