Lesson Plan

Dig This! Archeology Classroom - Middle School (Tennessee)

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Grade Level:
Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
in the park
archeology, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, cherokee indian, appalachian settlers, archeological context


The Smokies provide excellent examples of the diverse cultural history of Southern Appalachia. Through research, mapping, and mock archaeological digs students will study the historic land usage, cultural timelines, and events that shaped this area. Cultures and events studied include Woodland and Mississippian Period peoples, Cherokee and European-American settlement, CCC camps, Civil War skirmishes, logging operations, and present day park usage.


1) To introduce students to how new technology changes everyday items and as a result, impacts culture.
2) Students will study the rich culture in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while learning the importance of not impairing the resource while doing so.
3) To understand what the term "Stewardship" means and how students can become a steward in their school and their community.

Last updated: April 14, 2015