Sandy Hook Traveling Trunks
The Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway has several learning materials that can be mailed to your school. For more information, or to reserve equipment, please call 732-872-5970.
Fort Hancock: A Small Town Traveling Discovery Kit. Grades 4-6. No fee.
This traveling kit contains reproduction artifacts of items used by soldiers and residents of Fort Hancock. The kit includes a narrative and activities using the artifacts, and is designed for classroom use. It can be used alone, or as a pre-visit activity by using the companion folder, “A Day at Fort Hancock”.
Hooked on Math Lesson Plans. Grades 3-8. No fee.
Six self-guided Lesson Plans for grades 3-8 that integrate New Jersey Core Curriculum Social Studies and Marine Science Curriculums with Mathematics. Lessons use Sandy Hook cultural and natural resources; Mortar Battery, Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Nine-Gun Battery Field and North Beach. On-site equipment used with the lessons include metric and English trundle wheels and measuring tapes, hand-held GPS units, calipers, hand lenses and beach profiling poles. Lessons include pre-visit and post visit activities.
Fort Hancock: A Bastion of America’s Eastern Seaboard. High School. No fee.
An off-site Lesson Plan for classroom use, developed by the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Explores the development of the U.S. Coastal Defense System in the late 19th century and its connection to the country’s foreign policy
Fort Hancock and the Women's Army Corps. Grades 7-12. No Fee.
An off-site Lesson Plan for classroom use, developed in cooperation with Monmouth University. Learn about the women who worked at Fort Hancock during World War II, first as the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps, and then as full military members in the Women's Army Corps. Lesson includes an oral history interview with a Fort Hancock WAC.
Sandy Hook Lighthouse Lesson Plan. Grades 3-8. No Fee.
An off site lesson plan for classroom use, developed in cooperation with Monmouth University. Learn about the history of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse and the role of lighthouses to navigation.
Sandy Hook also has self guided programs as well as programs offered by park partner organizations. See the "For Teachers" page for links and details.
Great Kills, Staten Island Traveling Trunk
"Staying Alive: Survival in a Coastal Habitat"
This trunk program is available to teachers and classes of Staten Island schools. For more information and to reserve this trunk free of charge, please call 718-354-4530, #237.
This multidisciplinary study examines the coastal habitats of Great Kills Park, a unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. The trunk contains eight explorations. Each exploration includes: lesson objectives; an overview; time estimates; a materials list; key words; quick facts; a teaching sequence rubric; and a list of resources. Students touch and examine skulls, shells, seeds and other specimens found in a coastal environment, integrating science with music and visual arts. Classes culminate their explorations by creating a mural of Great Kills Park. Staying Alive is a collaboration with educators from New York and New Jersey and aligns with standards of both states.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Fort Hancock, unlike most Army posts during World War II, had a racially integrated unit? The 1225th Army Service Unit had African-American soldiers and in 1943 received a group from the Women's Army Corps. More...