Scrapbooking the Natchez Trace
- Grade Level:
- Fifth Grade
- Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants
- 4-5 class periods
- Group Size:
- Up to 36
- National/State Standards:
- Science:3, 3b
Language Arts: 3, 3a, 3d
- essay, scrapbook, language arts, biology, botany, animal, research
OverviewThe students will create a scrapbook of the plants and animals of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Each student will be assigned a plant or animal that lives on the Trace. The students will perform research to find interesting facts about it. As the students are researching, they should also find a picture of the species. When all of the assignments have been turned in, the teacher will bind the pages together to make a classroom scrapbook of the animals and plants that live on the Natchez Trace.
Enduring Understanding: Research can teach us new information that can be shared with others.
Essential Question: How can we learn about a subject through internet research?
The students will:
1) research a plant or animal
2) write a report on that plant or animal
3) use the internet to research
Many different species of plants and animals call the Natchez Trace Parkway home. Attached is a short list of the plants and animals for the teacher to choose from for the assignment. This list consists of animals that are commonly seen on the Natchez Trace so that students will be more familiar with them. Some of the plants on the list are not commonly seen from the road. Most are easy to recognize after being seen once. A complete list of plants and animals can be obtained by contacting the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center at 662-680-4027 or go to www.nps.gov/natr.
• Nocturnal- active at night
• Diurnal- active during the day
• Crepuscular- active at dawn and dusk
• Invasive- not natural to or invading an area
• Native- natural to an area
• Offspring- a young child or animal
1.) Information to research
2.) Computer lab with printers
3.) Scrapbooking materials
Information to Include in the Report
What is the plant’s name?
Is the plant a woody or herbaceous plant?
Is the plant native or invasive to the Trace?
What kind of soil or climate does it grow in?
What time of the year does the plant bloom?
What color are the plant’s flowers?
One fact about the plant that you find interesting
A picture or drawing of the plant
What is the animal’s name?
Is the animal native or invasive to the Trace?
Size and description of the animal
Is the animal nocturnal, diurnal, or crepuscular?
How many offspring does the animal have at one time?
What kind of habitat does it need?
One fact about the animal that you find interesting
A picture or drawing of the animal
List of Possible Animal or Plant Topics
Plants that grow along the Natchez Trace
Long Leaf Pine
Black Eyed Susan
Lyre Leaf Sage
Animals the live on the Natchez Trace
Student Task: The students will be assigned a plant or animal that lives on the Natchez Trace Parkway. The students will conduct research about the species.
They will research the information listed on the handout.
The students will be allowed one or two class periods to complete the research. Students should take notes as they research. After the students have all of their information gathered they will make an outline for their paper. The outline should contain all of the information they plan to use in the report. They will begin the writing process after the outline is complete. Three class periods will be allowed to complete the assignment. The report the students will turn in for a grade and to be put into the scrapbook, should be no longer than two pages. When the teacher has all of the grading completed, he or she will put the scrapbook together for the classroom. The scrapbook may be designed anyway the teacher prefers.
1.) The students will research plants and animals on the Natchez Trace Parkway. The research will be done in the school computer lab.
2.) The students will combine their information to make a collective class scrapbook.
Teacher Closure: The teacher will allow the students to present their plant or animal to the classroom from the scrapbook. When the students are finished presenting, the teacher will display the created scrapbook in the local library or in the school library.
AssessmentThe students will be assessed on the report they will turn in for the scrapbook. Each student will be graded individually.
Park ConnectionsMany different species of plants and animals call the Natchez Trace Parkway home.
1.) If students are more advanced, assign a plant and an animal to each student and require the same information for each.
2.) Refer to the Discover Diversity Lesson Plan. Students may orally report about their plant or animal. Visit a Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail to view the plants and animal habitat.