Lesson Plan

This Land is YOUR Land

Bakers Bluff 1991
Bakers Bluff, Milepost 405.1

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Twelfth Grade
Social Studies
1 class period
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
4th:MS Studies 1 d, e
2a,c,d, 3a,b
5th: SS 2,3,5
6th: 1a, 3d
8th: 4,5,6
MS Studies: 1, 1e, 3,3f, 4, 5
US Government: 4,5,6 6a


The students will strengthen the concept of the importance of preservation of the past.  They will make two lists represent things important to them. The students will also participate in a discussion about history and nature quotes made by various famous people. Unknown to the students, at the end of the lesson they will destroy one of the lists that represents themselves. This will drive home the point that preservation and history are important.


Enduring Understanding: Nature and history should be preserved.

Essential Question: Who is/are responsible for preserving nature and history?

The students will be able to:

1) identify significant ideas in the development of Mississippi

2) explain on responsibility of the government

3) explain their role and responsibilities in caring for national treasures

4) explain their role in relationship to national treasures

5) understand their perspective relative to ecological life situations


The Natchez Trace Parkway is part of the National Park Service, "which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." Legislation to enable the Natchez Trace Parkway passed congress on May 18, 1938. Being part of the federal government, the Natchez Trace Parkway is "owned" by the people of the United States of America. The purpose of the Natchez Trace Parkway is to preserve and protect for the people of the United States of America, areas associated with an ancient Native American pathway which evolved to be a significant roadway in our country's early development.


1.) Object Lists Worksheet

2.) History and Nature Quotes

3.) Pencils or pens



Participation in the activities.

Park Connections

This program explains the necessity of preserving nature and shows how the National Park Service does this with the Natchez Trace Parkway.


Have the students create a classroom mini-museum.

Additional Resources

History and Nature Quotes