Lesson Plan

Scavenger Hunt (First Grade)

Old Natchez Trace Trail, photo taken by Doug Schmidt
Old Natchez Trace Trail, 417.4

Doug Schmidt

Overall Rating

Add your review
Grade Level:
First Grade
Science and Technology
20-30 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
Science: 3, 3a, 3e
habitat, habitats, instinct, Scavenger hunt, field trip, Nature Trail


The students will walk on a trail that is a portion of the Natchez Trace Parkway National Scenic Trail and try to find examples of habitat that are pictured on a scavenger hunt sheet. The students will learn the various requirements that plants and animals have and how those requirements differ.


Enduring Understanding: Habitats provide the requirements for the survival of animals and plants.

Essential Question: What elements do animals and plans need to survive in their habitat?

The student will:

1.) Identify the different elements of habitat (food, water, shelter, and space)

2.) Recognize the habitat of a plant or animal.

For the complete lesson plan, please email natr_education@nps.gov or call 1-800-305-7417. Please indicate whether or not you need an accessible lesson plan.


The students should be familiar with the concept of habitat or environment or minimally, that different animals live in different places. They should understand that all animals need food, water, shelter, and space to live. Also, plants need a place to grow and water. Most plants do not need shelter and they make their own food using sunlight and minerals from the soil. In addition plants are not able to choose where to live and grow. Animals learn to survive and are able to move about to find food, water, shelter, and space. Animals have instincts that help them to find these elements to survive.


1.) Scavenger hunt card (included in lesson plan)

2.) Pen or pencil for each student.



The students are assessed by participating in the hike. The teacher may also observe which students actually shouted out at the end of the hike. Ranger provided scavenger hunt boards should be turned back into a ranger after the hike.

Park Connections

There are many different habitat types along the Natchez Trace Parkway.


In the classroom, the students should draw a picture that includes all four elements of habitat. When the students have completed the assignment, the pictures should be hung on the wall for everyone to see.


Habitat, instinct

Last updated: January 10, 2018