Lesson Plan

Mountain Life: Field Trip Post-Site Part 2 - Grade 2 (Tennessee)

Students explore Porters Flat with a ranger.
Students explore Porters Flat with a ranger.

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Grade Level:
First Grade-Third Grade
Community, Family Life, History, Social Studies
30 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 60
National/State Standards:
Social Studies
Culture (1.01,1.02,3.02)
History (5.01,5.02,5.03,6.01)
national park service, park ranger, web ranger, Junior Ranger


The Great Smoky Mountains are world renowned for their diversity of plant and animal species. This great variety makes the park an exemplary outdoor laboratory for the study of relatively undisturbed native flora, fauna, physical environs, and processes of the Southern Appalachians.

This unit is broken into three parts. The overall unit involves a trip to the park and is accompanied by one preparation activity and two wrap-up activities.  This is part 2 of the wrap up activity of the unit.


1) Teach students about the various aspects of the National Park Service. 


Teachers coming on the accompanying field trip should download our complete field trip packet that includes all of the lessons: Mountain Life Pre-Site Lesson, information and directions about the field trip and Wrap-up part 1 and 2 post site lesson. Download the full Mountain Life Field Trip packet  includes Preparation and Wrap-up lessons). 


This lesson includes instructions on how to become a Web Ranger and a Pre and Post Site Test. 



Administer a pre and post site test that is included in the unit.

Park Connections

Becoming a junior ranger is a wonderful way to get involved with the park and help protect all the amazing resources of the park.  


National Park Service, Junior Ranger

Last updated: April 14, 2015