Lesson Plan

Traveling the Natchez Trace

Visitors walking and getting exercise on the multiuse trail along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

NPS Photo

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Grade Level:
Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
Geography, Health, History, Physical Education, Physical Fitness, Social Studies
60 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
AL Objectives:
6th Grade: 1, 7, 13
7th Grade: 1, 2, 9, 15
8th Grade: 1
health, Healthy Parks, Healthy People, healthy parks healthy living, exercise, exercises, games, mapping, map


The students will engage in several physical exercises while using map skills. The students will engage in a number of different basic physical exercises such as jumping jacks, push-ups, jogging, skipping, crunches, etc.


Enduring Understanding: It is important to stay active and do exercises every day.

Essential Question: How can you exercise and learn about a National Park at the same time?

The students will be able to:

1. Participate in various exercises

2. Review basic map geography.


The teacher should know how to execute the variety of exercises that are listed: jumping jacks, push-ups, jog, skip, crunches, lunges, crab crawl, arm swings. The teacher should label the poster-boards as indicated on the "Teacher Information" sheet.


1.) Teacher Examples

2.) Natchez Trace Parkway Map

3.) 10 poster boards

4.) 10 orange cones



The students will be evaluated on their participation in the construction of the model as well as participation in the physical activity.

Park Connections

Informs the students of the history of the Natchez Trace Parkway.


1.) The teacher may decide to use a map other than the Natchez Trace Parkway. It could be done with a map of the United States and the stations be different cities in the U.S.

2.) The teacher may want to time the students as they go through the course and award prizes to the students who "travel the Natchez Trace the fastest".