Lesson Plan

Soils and Terrestrial Invertebrate Monitoring - 5th grade (Tennessee)

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Grade Level:
Fifth Grade


Students inventory the macroinvertebrates of the deciduous forest using scientific methods. In small teams, the class will analyze soil properties and recognize the interdependence of abiotic and biotic factors.


1) become familiar with the vocabulary associated with the terrestrial invertebrate lesson
2) understand the biodiversity of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and how it is studied by scientists
3) recognize that many plants and animals here are endemic species, meaning they are known to live only in the park
4) learn of the threats that are affecting the plants and animals of the park
5) learn about the food chain and interactions amongst terrestrial invertebrates

Last updated: April 14, 2015