Curriculum Materials

We are pleased to provide you with teacher packets containing pre- and post-visit activities for your students. These packets will provide you with information about the Battle of Antietam and provide you with lessons and activities that supplement your study of the battle. Please feel free to utilize any of the material found in the packets to plan your visit or to enrich and reinforce the materials you present to your students in the classroom.

Teacher Packet for Kindergarten-4th Grade (pdf, 3.2 MB, 50 pages).

Teacher Packet for 5th-8th Grade (pdf, 1.9 MB, 77 pages).

Teacher Packet for 9th-12th Grade (pdf, 1.5 MB, 79 pages).

"Letters and Diaries of Soldiers and Civilians" packet a collection of primary sources for use in the classroom. (pdf, 204 KB, 13 pages).

Teacher-Led Tour Materials:

"Antietam: People and Places" self-guided driving tour guide (pdf, 8.2 MB, 25 pages).

"Contradictions and Divided Loyalties: Slavery on the Antietam Battleground." self-guided driving tour guide (pdf, 2.3 MB, 10 pages).

Map for Auto Tour (pdf, 130 KB, 1 page).

On-Site Teacher Led Activities:

Mumma/Roulette Farm Education Trail Guide. (pdf, 4.2 MB, 37 pages)

Mumma Cemetery Exploration Worksheet (pdf, 763 KB, 4 pages).

10 page "Interview a Monument" Worksheet and background materials (pdf, 330 KB).

You're the Gunner Math Activity (pdf, 167 KB, 2 pages).

Antietam National Cemetery teacher packet (pdf, 8 MB, 34 pages).Antietam National Cemetery student packet (pdf, 1.5 MB, 6 pages).

Here is a collection of "Scavenger Hunt" worksheets for students to complete when they visit the park:

Scavenger Hunt (pdf, 503 KB, 3 pages).

Scavenger Hunt for Maryland Students (pdf, 828 KB, 4 pages).

Scavenger Hunt for Ohio Students (pdf, 1.1 MB, 4 pages).

Scavenger Hunt for Pennsylvania Students (pdf, 891 KB, 4 pages).

Scavenger Hunt for Virginia Students (pdf, 773 kb, 4 pages).


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  • Antietam National Battlefield

    Antietam: Then and Now

    Students will study primary and secondary sources - historic photographs, sketches, and paintings of the battle - and then compare them to modern photographs of the battlefield. They will then complete a worksheet that compares the battlefield then and now.

    Type:
    Primary Sources
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
  • Antietam National Battlefield

    Flags that Talk

    Students will work together in groups to send and receive messages using signal flags that they have made. At the end of the activity, students will have an increased understanding of the role of the Signal Corps during the Civil War and be able to send and receive messages using signal flags and cipher disks.

    Type:
    Student Activities
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
  • Students will assume the role of war correspondents and gather facts about the battle through utilizing primary and secondary sources.  Using these sources, students will learn about the Battle of Antietam and then write and illustrate a period newspaper.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, History
  • Following the 1862 Battles of Harpers Ferry and Antietam, General Robert E. Lee’s army retreated back to Virginia, providing President Lincoln with the victory he needed; he could now issue the Emancipation Proclamation.  Although this document didn’t end the war, it changed the meaning of the war and proved crucial to its eventual outcome.  What did it say?  What didn’t it say?  Why was it so important?  And what happened to the members of Company A, 126th New York?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Ninth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, History, Military and Wartime History, Slavery, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    The Battle of Harpers Ferry 1862, Maryland Campaign, The Battle of Antietam Sharpsburg, General Robert E. Lee, General Thomas Stonewall Jackson, General George B. McClellan, Abraham Lincoln, Camp Douglas, Emancipation Proclamation
  • Antietam National Battlefield

    High School Lesson Plan, "Freedom at Antietam"

    Students will read and evaluate primary and secondary resources and then complete and present a writing assignment based on the point of view of one of the persons they learned about.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, History
  • Antietam National Battlefield

    High School Lesson Plan "Women in the Civil War"

    This lesson plan can be used to help your students explore some of the important roles that women had during the Civil War. Students will read one primary and two secondary sources and then complete two writing assignments.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War
  • Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    Keywords:
    National Parks, legacy, cultural resources, natural resources, heritage, climate change, careers, Wildland-Urban Interface
  • Writ of Habeas Corpus is suspended by President Lincoln.

    Students will explore original source materials illuminating the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus during the Civil War. Students will examine Lincoln’s suspension of the writ of habeas corpus and the non-judicial detention of Southern sympathizers during the Civil War.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, Constitutional Law
  • A Civil War View of Fort McHenry

    Soldier's writings will reveal the activities and living conditions at Fort McHenry during the Civil War.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War