Field Trips

Mountain Life

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Grade Level:
Lower Elementary: Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade
Social Studies
State Standards:
State Curriculum Standards - Tennessee (Second Grade)
Culture - 1.01, 1.02
Geography - 3.02
History - 5.01, 5.02, 5.03
Individuals, Groups, and Interactions - 6.01


This field trip guide for teachers includes pre, post, and on-site activities for students. 


Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a unique opportunity to witness the panorama of Southern Appalachian history and culture. So tied to a sense of place, this history is embodied in a wide variety of preserved historic structures, cultural landscapes, cemeteries, archeological sites, museum objects, and archival documents. The Park is the keeper of intangible resources as folklore, literature, and music contribute to tell the stories of both Native American and Euro-American peoples. These treasures enable us to connect one generation to another.

As an introduction to the on-site activities, the following information will assist students to visualize a working farm from the 1800’s. During the on-site experience, students will see only a few of the buildings shown here. Many of the buildings were moved, burned or disassembled during the establishment of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Read the background information to students describing the mountain farmstead and use the background sheet on the garden and surrounding out buildings for discussion.

While on-site, students will be shown a variety of tools that would have been used to build a family’s home. Use the tools discussion sheet to introduce these tools and allow the students to match the tool to its name on the activity page.



This packet includes pre-, post-, and on-site materials for students.

Download Mountain Life Field Trip Guide - Teacher Packet

Last updated: June 17, 2015