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

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    Traveling the National Road - Unit 5: Workers Along the National Road

    Traveling the National Road - Unit 5: Workers Along the National Road

    In “Traveling the National Road (Workers Along the National Road)” students will learn what types of jobs 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 5 and contains teacher background, a student reading and two activities.

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    Traveling the National Road - Unit 6: Decline and Rebirth of the National Road

    Traveling the National Road - Unit 6: Decline and Rebirth of the National Road

    In “Traveling the National Road (Decline and Rebirth of the National Road)” students will learn about the decline of the National Road as the railroad takes over as the main form of transportation and the road's later rebirth as cars start to use it. 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 6 and contains teacher background, a student reading and two activities.

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    Traveling the National Road - Unit 7: Biography Cards

    Traveling the National Road  - Unit 7: Biography Cards

    In “Traveling the National Road (Biography Cards)” students will learn about 14 different people associated with the National Road. Each person has a different occupation and is linked to an occupation card. 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 7 and contains 14 biography cards (student readings) and two activities.

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    Traveling the National Road - Unit 8: Occupation Cards

    Traveling the National Road  - Unit 8: Occupation Cards

    In “Traveling the National Road (Occupation Cards)” students will learn about 14 different occupations associated with the National Road. Each occupation is linked to a person in the biography card section. 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 8 and contains 14 occupation cards (student readings) and three activities.

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    Traveling the National Road – Unit 9: Historic Site Cards

    Traveling the National Road – Unit 9: Historic Site Cards

    In “Traveling the National Road (Historic Site Cards)” students will learn about 7 historic sites associated with the National Road in Pennsylvania that are still standing today. The importance of each historic site is discussed. 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 9 and contains 7 historic site cards (student readings) and three activities.

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    The French and Indian War: 1754-1763 Teacher’s Education Kit

    The French and Indian War: 1754-1763 Teacher’s Education Kit

    This teacher’s education kit is geared for 4th-6th grade students. It is a comprehensive study of the French and Indian War and George Washington’s participation. The 20-page Teacher’s Background covers the topic and includes three maps. There are 18 Lesson Plans covering George Washington, the Battle at Fort Necessity, the French and Indian War and how the French and Indian War set the Stage for the American Revolution. The 27 Biography Cards put a human face on the history.

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    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.

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    Becoming George Washington: Unit 5: Analyzing Documents

    Becoming George Washington: Unit 5: Analyzing Documents

    This lesson plan helps students understand how to analyze primary source materials using four writings from Washington’s life and a portrait of Washington. Teachers can have students participate in a Document-Based Questions activity. Additionally more information about the “remarks” that Washington made on his French and Indian War activities is included.

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    Traveling the National Road – Unit 10: Other Activities and Appendix

    Traveling the National Road – Unit 10: Other Activities and Appendix

    In “Traveling the National Road (Other Activities and Appendix)” students will participate in three math activities, one using the toll rates and two using the distances on the mile markers. The appendix has a timeline, bibliography, list of vocabulary and a word search 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 10 and contains three activities and an appendix.

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    Becoming George Washington: Unit 1: Young George Washington Grade 4 - 6

    Becoming George Washington:  Unit 1: Young George Washington Grade 4 - 6

    By studying young George Washington’s writings as a 16-year-old surveyor and writings from his first military trip five years later students will learn about his character and ambitions. The lesson will also help dispel some of the myths and misconceptions about Washington. Students will be introduced to a young man who is strong, brave and ready to make a name for himself.

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