Curriculum Materials

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What kind of animals live in the swamp? Why was New Orleans an important city during the War of 1812? Inquiring minds want to know---and they can find out by using park curriculum materials.

Curriculum materials address state curriculum requirements and include components that can be used alone or as pre- and post-field trip activities. Curriculum materials may be reproduced as needed.


History and Culture Materials


The Vieux Carre: A Creole Neighborhood - This lesson from the National Park Service's "Teaching with Historic Places" series emphasizes the history and geography of New Orleans' French Quarter. Students analyze photographs of historic buildings, practice map-reading skills, and learn about the lives of the men and women who came from all over the world to build and live in the French Quarter.

The Battle of New Orleans - Why did the United States declare war on Great Britain in 1812? Why did the British burn Washington, D.C., and try to capture New Orleans during the War of 1812? How did newspapers of the period describe the American victory at the Battle of New Orleans and how did people's perception of the battle change over time? These activities are appropriate for classroom use or to use in conjunction with a field trip to Chalmette Battlefield, site of the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.


Nature and Science Materials


Insects, worms, spiders, and other invertebrates:

Protecting the Wetlands for high school students - Learn about wetlands ecology and find out how wetlands provide storm protection and economic benefits for all of south Louisiana's people. Students will get involved with a hands-on exploratory field trip, do research, and develop a project to find out how wetlands impact their own lives, the lives of their families, and their regional and national communities.

It's Only Natural for kindergarten and lower elementary - Explore how living and non-living parts of the environment work together. Activities teach students about food chains and food webs, connections between organisms and their environments, and the place humans hold in the environment.

Everybody Needs A Home for upper elementary - Discover the needs of all living things: food, water, shelter, and space. Learn about the special needs of south Louisiana's native wildlife and the importance of conserving wildlife habitats.

Vanishing Wetlands for middle school - Find out why south Louisiana's wetlands are important, how humans impact them, and what we can do to preserve them. Students learn about native and non-native species, wetlands loss, and what they can do to create a better future for wetlands.

iNaturalist - The iNaturalist app has been used by Barataria Preserve field trip students, park managers, and people everywhere to record findings. You can upload photos and observations to a database that's available online worldwide. Note that when you click on the iNaturalist link, you'll get a message that you're leaving the National Park Service; that's because iNaturalist is not a National Park Service app.

Wetlands lesson plans - These plans developed by Louisiana State University pre-service teachers cover more than two dozen topics from alligators to marsh grass to barrier islands.

Last updated: September 15, 2017

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