Lesson Plan

Museum Scavenger Hunt

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Twelfth Grade
Civil War, Military and Wartime History
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
This activity aligns to the common core standards for ELA/social studies.


A worksheet is available for students to work through as they explore the National Prisoner of War Museum, emphasizing the Civil War prisoner experience. If you plan on using this activity, you will need run copies for your
students before you arrive.


At the end of the activity, the students will be able to:

  • Students will learn about the conditions that led to the creation of large prisons in the Civil War.
  • Students will examine the challenges faced by prisoners at Andersonville.
  • Students will explore some of the controversies surrounding Civil War prisons.


The National Prisoner of War Museum contains an elaborate series of exhibits, centered on the experiences of prisoners of war throughout American history. This activity focuses students on answering questions related specifically to the Civil War in order to get the most out of their museum visit.

Please remind students of the following:

  • No food or drinks are allowed inside the National Prisoner of War Museum.
  • Students should be courteous and refrain from running, shouting, or horseplay.
  • Please do not touch or place objects on any of the museum displays.


Provided by Teacher - photocopies of the scavenger hunt included with this lesson.


After checking in with park staff , divide your group among any and all self-guided activities you may have selected. The scavenger hunt is intended as an activity to focus student groups into the most relevant portions of the exhibit areas in the National Prisoner of War Museum.

Distribute to each student the scavenger hunt worksheets included with this lesson. When beginning this activity, please remind students of the behavior requirements of the museum, and that they are not to disturb the experience of other visitors. It is the responsibility of the teachers and group chaperones to control student discipline and behavior. Exhibit cases and displays are not tables; please do not place objects on museum displays or use them as writing surfaces. We recommend that clipboards, notebooks or other items be used by students completing the scavenger hunt.

Allow the students to disperse through the exhibit area. For thirty students, we require a minimum of three accompanying chaperones.


An answer sheet for the activity is included.