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    Fort Necessity

    National Battlefield Pennsylvania

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"The French and Indian War 1754-1763" has eight units that teach about George Washington and the French and Indian War that are targeted for 4th – 6th grade students.

"Traveling the National Road" has ten units about the National Road that are targeted for 3rd grade students.

"Becoming George Washington" has five units that teach students using George Washington's own words.

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    The French and Indian War 1754-1763: Unit 1 – Who Were the People Involved?

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    The French and Indian War 1754-1763: Unit 1 – Who Were the People Involved?

    The French and Indian War 1754-1763: Unit 1 – Who Were the People Involved?

    “Who Were the People Involved?” Unit 1 of the Teacher’s Education Kit “The French and Indian War: 1754-1763” has the students learn where the French and British colonies were located and the location of the disputed land where many American Indian nations lived. The unit has two lessons with a mapping activity and research activity. “The French and Indian War 1754-1763” is broken into eight units and a Teacher Background.

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    The French and Indian War 1754-1763: Unit 3 - How Did the Conflict Begin?

    The French and Indian War 1754-1763: Unit 3 - How Did the Conflict Begin?

    “How Did the Conflict Begin?” Unit 3 of the Teacher’s Education Kit “The French and Indian War: 1754-1763” has the students focus on the beginning of the war. There are two lessons on George Washington and his involvement, a lesson on the surrender at Fort Necessity and a lesson on Benjamin Franklin and General Braddock. “The French and Indian War 1754-1763” is broken into eight units and a Teacher Background.

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    The French and Indian War 1754-1763: Unit 4 – How Did the War Progress?

    The French and Indian War 1754-1763: Unit 4 – How Did the War Progress?

    “How Did the War Progress?” Unit 4 of the Teacher’s Education Kit “The French and Indian War: 1754-1763” has the students study the major battles and events of the war. The unit's one lesson is a time line of events. “The French and Indian War 1754-1763” is broken into eight units and a Teacher Background

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    The French and Indian War 1754-1763: Unit 5 – How Did the Conflict End?

    The French and Indian War 1754-1763: Unit 5 – How Did the Conflict End?

    “How Did the Conflict End?” Unit 5 of the Teacher’s Education Kit “The French and Indian War: 1754-1763” has the students study the Treaty of Paris and the outcomes of the French and Indian War, including Pontiac’s rebellion and the Proclamation of 1763. “The French and Indian War 1754-1763” is broken into eight units and a Teacher Background.

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    The French and Indian War 1754-1763: Unit 6 – How Did the War Set the Stage for the American Revolution?

    The French and Indian War 1754-1763: Unit 6 – How Did the War Set the Stage for the American Revolution?

    “How Did the War Set the Stage for the American Revolution?” Unit 6 of the Teacher’s Education Kit “The French and Indian War: 1754-1763” has the students read a student reading that teaches four ways the French and Indian War set the stage for the American Revolution. The students also learn about the “Join or Die” logo. “The French and Indian War 1754-1763” is broken into eight units and a Teacher Background.

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    The French and Indian War 1754-1763: Unit 7 – Biography Cards

    The French and Indian War 1754-1763: Unit 7 – Biography Cards

    “Biography Cards” Unit 7 of the Teacher’s Education Kit “The French and Indian War: 1754-1763” has 27 different biography cards for the students to read. There are nine American Indian biographies, nine French and nine British. The biography cards help the students understand the individuals involved in the conflict and help make the history come alive. “The French and Indian War 1754-1763” is broken into eight units and a Teacher Background.

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    Traveling the National Road - Unit 1: Overview of the National Road

    Traveling the National Road - Unit 1: Overview of the National Road

    In “Traveling the National Road (Overview of the National Road)” students will learn the importance of roads to the growth of the early United States. The teacher background information provides a two page overview of National Road and its importance. The “Traveling the National Road” teacher’s guide is broken into ten units and is targeted for 3rd grade students. Each unit can be completed independently. This is unit 1 and contains teacher background, a student reading and two activities.

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    Traveling the National Road - Unit 2: Construction of the National Road

    Traveling the National Road - Unit 2: Construction of the National Road

    In “Traveling the National Road (Construction of the National Road)” students will learn how the road was constructed, what tools were used, and what some of the difficulties were. The teacher background information provides a concise two page overview of the construction. The “Traveling the National Road” Teacher’s Guide is broken into ten units and is targeted for 3rd grade students. Each unit can be completed independently. This is unit 2 and contains teacher background, a student reading

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    Traveling the National Road - Unit 3: Travelers and Transportation on the National Road

    Traveling the National Road - Unit 3: Travelers and Transportation on the National Road

    In “Traveling the National Road (Travelers and Transportation on the National Road)” students will learn about Conestoga wagons, stagecoaches, drovers and emigrants. The “Traveling the National Road” teacher’s guide is broken into ten units and is targeted for 3rd grade students. This is unit 3 and contains teacher background, two student readings and three activities.

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    Traveling the National Road - Unit 4: Accommodation on the National Road

    Traveling the National Road - Unit 4: Accommodation on the National Road

    In “Traveling the National Road (Accommodation on the National Road)” students will learn what types of food and overnight accommodations were found along the National Road. The “Traveling the National Road” teacher’s guide is broken into ten units and is targeted for 3rd grade students. Each unit can be completed independently. This is unit 4 and contains teacher background, a student reading and two activities.

Did You Know?

George Washington

Before the battle at Fort Necessity, George Washington wrote that the meadow would be “a charming field for an encounter”. After the skirmish at Jumonville Glen he wrote there was “something charming in sound” of bullets. After his defeat at Fort Necessity he never again refers to war as charming. More...