Lesson Plan

Burning Calories on the Trails of Tears

The Cherokee Walking The Trail of Tears
The Cherokee Walking During the Trail of Tears

Photo By Sam Kitts

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade
Health, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Science History, Social Studies, Writing
60 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 36
in the park
National/State Standards:

4.1, 4.2, 4.3
4.5, 4.9, 4.10
4.5, 4.7, 4.15
4.24, 4.25, 4.26, 4.28, 4.29, W. 4.1, 4.2, 4.7, 4.8
4.32, 4.35, SL. 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, L.4.1, L.4.2, L.4.3, L.4.6
L.4.4a, 4.4.b,
4.OA.2, 4.OA.3, 4.NBT.4, 4.NBT.5, 4. MD.1, 4. MD.2
trail of tears, American Indians, Native American culture, Native American history, native americans, Physical Fitness, fitness, hiking, Paddling, Alabama, social studies, history


Russell Cave National Monument is one of the few National Parks that is located and associated with the rich cultural stories of the Trail of Tears. Students will estimate the number of calories the Cherokee burned a day by learning about the Benge route and participating in a one-mile hike.


The events the Cherokee experienced at removal.

The events the Cherokee experienced on the Trail of Tears.

The nutrional needs of the Cherokee.


In "Burning Calories on the Trail of Tears" 4th grade students will get the chance to experince many of the factors that the Cherokee experinced as they walked the Trail of Tears. Students will learn about the Benge route by using interactive maps and discussing the food sources that the Cherokee used during the Trail of Tears.


Materials List



The teacher will observe activities on the hike.

The teacher will observe students as they complete activities and offer suggestions.

The teacher will read over Trail of Tears Notebook Journal Responses.

Additional Resources

Additional Resources and Websites


•Trail of Tears
•Native American

Last updated: April 14, 2015