Lesson Plan

Fort Scavenger Hunt for Grades 5-6

students walking outside fort.

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Grade Level:
Fifth Grade-Sixth Grade
Subject:
Civil War, History, Military and Wartime History, Social Studies
Duration:
30-45 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
in the park
National/State Standards:
Georgia Performance Standards/Common Core
Social Studies SS5H1
English Language Arts ELACC5SL1, ELACC5SL1d, ELACC5RI1, ELA5RI3, ELACC6RI1, ELACC6RI3, ELACC6SL1
Keywords:
Civil War, Scavenger hunt

Overview

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.

Objective(s)

At the end of this activity, students will be able to:
1) Name at least three pieces of equipment used by Civil War soldiers.
2) Describe the outcome of the battle for Fort Pulaski.
3) Identify at least one artifact that is protected at Fort Pulaski.

Background

Fort Pulaski was completed in 1847 to defend Savannah from foreign invaders. Capable of mounting more than 120 cannons, the fort was strategically located at the mouth of the Savannah River to intercept enemy ships. While stationed at Fort Pulaski, the soldiers lived, worked and practiced in the fort. Ships kept the fort regularly supplied with food, clothing, medicine and military equipment. The fort saw one battle--during the Civil War in 1862. About 400 Confederate soldiers inside the fort were defending it against Union soldiers firing long-range cannons from Tybee Island. The new Union cannons were able to pound two holes in the corner of the fort. When the Union cannon fire threatened to blow up the fort's powder magazine, the Confederates surrendered.  

Procedure

Assessment

The teacher can review the student worksheets to assess their success in learning about Fort Pulaski.

Vocabulary

Breach--a hole or large gap.
Magazine--A room designed to hold gunpowder and ammunition.
Casemate--a large and strong room that holds a cannon.