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Here’s a Civil War “Virtual Fieldtrip” that also involves a Hyperstudio presentation

Subjects:

Computers & Internet, Social Studies  

Grades:

6, 7, 8  


Title – Civil War Battlefields-Virtual Field Trip
By – Kelly Fortner
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Secondary Subjects – Computers / Internet
Grade Level – Intermediate
Lesson Plan Title: Civil War Virtual Field Trip
Concept / Topic To Teach: Civil War Battles
Standards Addressed:
Social Studies standards #1 and #5
ELA standards #1, #2, #3, and #4
MST standard #5

General Goal(s):
Goal #1: The students will understand the significance of each the battles and be able to identify a few factors leading up to the battles.
Goal #2: The students will develop an understanding of the conditions in which the soldiers fought during each battle.
Goal #3: The students will be able to identify the outcome for each of the battles and the impact each battle had on war for both the North and South.

Specific Objectives: Objectives are listed with each activity
Required Materials: Computers with Internet Access

Step-By-Step Procedures:
Virtual Field Trip Activities
During the field trip, the students will visit 3 different civil war battlefields. The activities described will be used for each of the battlefields visited. For each battlefield the students will complete an outline of the battle, download a picture, and select a quote from an eyewitness to the battle. At each battlefield visit the students are will do 4 of the 5 activities. The information the students gather at each battlefield will be used to complete a HyperStudio presentation.

Activity 1: (All three battles)
The students will read about the events leading up to the battle on various web sites and complete the first section of the outline, “Events Leading Up To The Battle”.
Objective: The students will identify 2 events that lead up to the battle.

Activity 2: (Battle of Bull Run and Battle of Gettysburg)
The students will take a virtual tour of the battlefield. The students will look at a picture of the battlefield and read a brief description of what happened at that location on the field. During the tour, the student will be provided with information needed to complete the next three sections of the outline, “Generals”, “5 Interesting Facts”, and “Victory”.
Objectives:
1. The students will identify the Union and Confederate generals who were in command during the battle.
2. The students will record 5 facts learned during the tour.
3. The students will identify whether the battle was a Union or Confederate victory.

Activity 3: (All three battles)
The students will look at pictures of the battlefield taken just after the battle. The students will select one picture per group and download it onto a disk so that it can be used as part of a HyperStudio project.
Objective:
1. The students will download one picture per battlefield onto a disk.

Activity 4: (Battle of Antietam and Gettysburg)
The students will read eyewitness accounts of the battles and choose one quote that the students feel capture the conditions of the battle. The quote will later be used as part of a HyperStudio project.
Objective:
The students will copy one quote from an eyewitness account onto a word processing program and save it to a disk.

Activity 5: (All three battles)
The students will read about the significance of the battle and complete the last section of the outline. The students will answer the questions: “How is this battle remembered?” “Why was this battle important?”
Objective:
The students will identify the significance of the battle.

Web Sites for Activities

Battle of Bull Run (Manassas)
1. Read about events leading up to the battle.
http://library.thinkquest.org/3055/netscape/battles/bullrun.html?tqskip1=1&tqtime;=0115

2. View pictures of the battlefield just after the battle.
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/cwarquery.html

Battle of Antietam

1. View pictures of the battlefield just after the battle.
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/cwarquery.html

Battle of Gettysburg

1. View pictures of the battlefield just after the battle.
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/cwarquery.html

2. Read eyewitness accounts of the battle.
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/

3. Read about the significance/outcome for each battle.
http://www.virtualcities.com/ons/pa/g/as/paga6a16.htm

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