Tennessee Middle School

These opportunities for 6th, 7th and 8th grades challenge students with hands-on learning experiences in the park's cultural and natural resources, including critical issues affecting these resources. Each program was developed in cooperation with Tennessee middle school teachers and are correlated with state and national curriculum standards with an emphasis on science and social studies.
For a complete listing of Tennessee middle school programs and the corresponding middle school standards, please download our program flyer.

Program title Location Season
Biodiversity Classroom Twin Creeks Fall/Spring
Forest and Stream Biodiversity Sugarlands Visitor Center and Twin Creeks Fall/Spring
Soil Exploration Classroom Twin Creeks Fall/Spring
Stream Scientists Classroom Sugarlands Visitor Center Fall/Spring
Weather and Air Quality Look Rock and Newfound Gap Fall/Spring

To register for one of these programs, please call the Education Office at 865-436-1258

Students studying soil properties

Soil Exploration Classroom
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.
Location: Twin Creeks Science and Education Center, near Gatlinburg

Lesson plan (400 kb .pdf)

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water quality testing

Stream Scientist Classroom
Students will create a hypothesis on the health of a river system. Procedures for testing the hypothesis include water quality tests in small working groups, identification of point and non-point pollution sources as well as a benthic macroinvertebrate search using scientific methods.
Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center

Lesson plan (594 kb .pdf)

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invertebrate survey

Biodiversity Classroom
Students will generate and test a hypothesis to guide their examination of biodiversity in different park ecosystems. Examination methods include setting up a ground plot, using microscopes, and classifying organisms.
Location: Twin Creeks Science and Education Center, near Gatlinburg

Lesson plan (355 kb .pdf)

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Last updated: April 7, 2017

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