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  • Fort Pulaski National Monument

    Fort Scavenger Hunt for Grades 5-6

    Fort Scavenger Hunt for Grades 5-6

    In this teacher-led activity, the scavenger hunt functions as an interactive, self-guided fort tour for students. The student worksheet requires them to answer several questions as they visit various locations inside the fort.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, History, Military and Wartime History, Social Studies
    National/State Standards:
    Georgia Performance Standards/Common Core Social Studies SS5H1 English Language Arts ELACC5SL1, ELACC5SL1d, ELACC5RI1, ELA5RI3, ELACC6RI1, ELACC6RI3, ELACC6SL1
  • Fort Pulaski National Monument

    Cannons by the Numbers

    Cannons by the Numbers

    In this teacher-led activity, students will stop at several locations in Fort Pulaski featuring cannons or equipment used with cannons. Students will learn about the weight, range and usage of cannons while solving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, History, Mathematics, Military and Wartime History
    National/State Standards:
    Georgia Performance Standards/Common Core Mathematics MCC5.NBT.5, MCC5.NBT.6, MCC5.MD.1,MCC6.RP.1,MCC6.NS.2, MCC6.NS.3 Social Studies SS5H1 English Language Arts ELACC5RI1, ELACC5SL1, ELACC6RI1, ELACC6SL1
  • Fort Pulaski National Monument

    Simple Machines for a Complex Job

    Simple Machines for a Complex Job

    This is a teacher-led activity to be done on site at the fort. Students will learn about the vital role played by simple machines to accomplish challenging tasks at Fort Pulaski. The moving and lifting of heavy cannons, the aiming and loading of the bulky weapons, and other “heavy lifting” was achieved with simple machines. The unsung heroes of Fort Pulaski were the lever, the pulley, the wheel, the screw and the inclined plane.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, History, Military and Wartime History, Physical Science, Science and Technology
    National/State Standards:
    Georgia Performance Standards/Common Core Science S4P3, S8P3, S8CS5 Social Studies SS4H5, SS5H1, SS8H6, SS8E1, SS8E2 English Language Arts ELACC4SL1, ELACC5SL1, ELACC6SL1, ELACC7SL1, ELACC8SL1
  • Fort Pulaski National Monument

    Pre-Visit Word Search for Grades 7-8

    Pre-Visit Word Search for Grades 7-8

    This word search activity is designed to be used as a pre-visit activity before bringing your students to Fort Pulaski. Answers are included.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Seventh Grade - Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, History, Military and Wartime History, Social Studies
  • Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

    The Biggest and Best Flag that Ever Flew

    The Biggest and Best Flag that Ever Flew

    While reading the story of Mary Pickersgill and the sewing of the Star-Spangled Banner flag students will gain insight into 19th century Baltimore. Using primary source material they will explore what other jobs people did and how they depended on each other.

    Type:
    Curriculum Units
    Grade level:
    Second Grade - Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    War of 1812, Women's History
    National/State Standards:
    Economic Concepts: Goods & Services, Specialization, and Interdependence
  • Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

    Documents for the Classroom from the Maryland State Archives-Mary Pickersgill: Maker of the Star-Spangled Banner

    Teaching American History in Maryland is a collaborative program of the Maryland State Archives and the Center for History Education, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and several school systems: Anne Arundel County, the Baltimore City and Baltimore County Public Schools. Documents for the Classroom makes facsimiles of original documents available for use by teachers and students. This series is related to the Battle of North Point in the War of 1812. www.teachingamericanhistorymd.org

    Type:
    Curriculum Units
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - College Undergraduate Level
    Subjects:
    History, U.S. First Ladies, U.S. Presidents, War of 1812
    National/State Standards:
    National History Standards: Topic 2: The History of the Students’ Own State or Region STANDARD 3: The people, events, problems, and ideas that created the history of their state
  • Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

    Defense of a Nation: Maryland's Role in the War of 1812 - A Teacher's Guide

    Defense of a Nation: Maryland's Role in the War of 1812 - A Teacher's Guide

    This guide serves as a single-source text and reference for conducting classroom history lessons on the War of 1812, and the role that Marylanders played. It is especially organized for teachers of pre- and post-secondary grade levels.Information provided in this guide will help make teaching this important history easy and accessible. The guide presents the major players in the war, its major battles, direct quotes from eyewitnesses, and information on additional resources.

    Type:
    Curriculum Units
    Grade level:
    First Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    African American History and Culture, Education, History, Maritime History, Military and Wartime History, Naval History, U.S. First Ladies, U.S. Presidents, War of 1812
    National/State Standards:
    Historical Investigation, Use of Primary Source Documents, American History
  • Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

    Live from 1812!

    Students will act out newscasts taking place in different parts of the country during the War of 1812. Four groups will portray four unique experiences. Each group will complete a packet of primary and secondary source readings to prepare for the role-play. As student groups present their newscasts and interviews, audience members will record notes. At the end of the lesson, students will share what they learned in a “Letter to the Producer.”

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Education, Geography, Government, History, War of 1812
    National/State Standards:
    4th-5C2A. Conflict Between Ideas and Institutions Social Studies 6A.1, 4, 6B, 6F Read to Learn and Construct Meaning about Social Studies General Reading Processes-1E.4.
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

    Habeas Corpus in Crisis Times

    Habeas Corpus in Crisis Times

    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 Plans
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, Constitutional Law
    National/State Standards:
    U. S. History, Government, Informal Writing
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

    What was Francis Scott Key writing about?

    What was Francis Scott Key writing about?

    This lesson should be taught after the introduction to the attack on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. Students should have been introduced to some of the history behind the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”. The students will use this lesson to dissect the lyrics to “The Star- Spangled Banner” and gain a better understanding of the song. They will also discuss the song’s relevance to the country’s present state of the union and discuss whether the lyrics are still applicable today.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    War of 1812
    National/State Standards:
    Describe Maryland’s role in the war of 1812, periodically summarize or paraphrase important ideas while reading, determine and explain the author’s purpose and construct a sound historical interpretation