Last updated: April 14, 2015
The Changing Forest: A Path Through Time
- Grade Level:
- Fourth Grade
- Biology: Plants, Botany
- 20 minutes
- Group Size:
- Up to 24
- in the park
- National/State Standards:
- North Carolina Science Standards: 4.L.1
OverviewStudents explore the story of a forest, tracking and describing changes over time for an imaginary forest.
1. Participants will describe human-caused and natural disturbances.
2. Participants will track and describe changes over time for an imaginary forest.
Role play cards
Suggested actions for the cast
Time change cards
Materials are available at the Visitor Center.
Assign 10 students to act in your "forest story" & make sure that they understand the accompanying movements. Select 4 narrators, and have them read the script while the "cast" acts out their roles. Next, show the picture of succession. Then, allow the students who did not have a part to each read a "time change" card. Ask students to decide if it is a natural or man-made disturbance.
Cowpens is an example. First, it was a forest, but the Cherokees may have cleared it for grazing. Then the colonists used it for a pasturing area. If it was a forest, the cattle would not have been able to find enough food. Because it was a well-known grazing area for cattle, it made it easy to find as a meeting place for the battles of Kings Mountain and Cowpens.