Lesson Plan

What Makes Great Smokies Great? - Grade 3 (North Carolina)

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Grade Level:
Third Grade
in the park


Quiet walkways, stream floodplains and picnic pavilions provide the backdrop for students to discover soil properties, plant adaptations, and the environmental issues facing the park. Lifecycles, habitat, biodiversity and interrelationships are a constant focus of the hands-on activities while stewardship is the underlying theme during discussions.


1) explain ways plants and animals need and interact with one another.
2) understand what a food chain is and their own place in one.
3) understand what happens when a food chain is disrupted.
4) explain the role of decomposition.
5) work cooperatively in small teams.
6) understand interrelationships between living and non-living components of the environment.
7) name the four major components of a habitat.
8) identify several ways humans can have both negative and positive affects of the environment.

Last updated: April 14, 2015