Curriculum Materials

Palo Alto Battlefield is pleased to offer a variety of lesson plans to help students learn about the U.S.-Mexican War. We encourage you to use these activities to supplement field trips or to reinforce other materials presented in the classroom.

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  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    War Numbers

    In "War Numbers" students learn how artists use positive and negative space to highlight parts of a drawing. Students will use this technique to create a timeline of significant events of the U.S.-Mexican War. 

    Type:
    Student Activities
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
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    Pictures from Home

    In this activity, students engage in an interactive activity about daguerreotypes. First, they discuss the difference between modern photography and daguerreotypes and then create their own daguerreotype case.

    Type:
    Student Activities
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    We Want You!

    At the start of the U.S.-Mexican War, both Mexican and U.S. citizens mistrusted a standing army. In this activity, students discuss reasons for joining an army. Next, they discuss the differences between a regular army and a militia of volunteers. Then they review and discuss U.S. and Mexican perspectives on regular and volunteer soldiers.

    Type:
    Student Activities
    Grade level:
    High School: Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    The Price of Western Expansion

    Students calculate the cost per square mile of the land purchased by the United States from Mexico after the U.S.-Mexican War. They compare that to the price of the Louisiana purchase and the purchase of Alaska. They then calculate the price paid in 1848 to what the price would have been today.

    Type:
    Student Activities
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Math,Social Studies
  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Lasting Effects of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo

    Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo

    Students will learn about the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, read the articles of the treaty, and rewrite them in their own words. Students then write about how the Treaty affects them today. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to answer the question:

    What is the significance of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo and how does it affect us today?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Battling Disease

    Poor camp conditions posed a big threat to soldiers

    In this lesson, students will answer the following essential questions: How has the prevention and battling of health threats changed between the US-Mexican War and today?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
  • Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    Keywords:
    National Parks, legacy, cultural resources, natural resources, heritage, climate change, careers, Wildland-Urban Interface
  • Map showing U.S. expansion through the years.

    Students calculate the cost per square mile of the land purchased by the United States from Mexico after the U.S.-Mexican War. They compare that to the price of the Louisiana purchase and the purchase of Alaska. They then calculate the price paid in 1848 to what the price would have been today.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    History, Mexican War, Military and Wartime History, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    geography, maps, treaty, Economics, U.S., mexico
  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Pictures from home

    Daguerreotype of Mexican War General and 12th President of the United States

    Modern photography did not exist during the U.S.-Mexican War. Instead, soldier’s kept photos of loved ones on daguerreotypes (də-ˈge-rē-ō-ˌtīp), an early form of photography made on a silver-coated plate. Daguerreotypes were often kept in highly decorated cases. In this lesson, students engage in an interactive activity about daguerreotypes. First, they discuss the difference between modern photography and daguerreotypes. Then, they create their own daguerreotype case.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Education, History, Mexican War, Military and Wartime History, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    Photography, Daguerreotype, visual arts
  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Lasting effects

    Image of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo

    Students will learn about the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, read the articles of the treaty, and rewrite them in their own words. Students then write about how the Treaty affects them today.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    History, Mexican War, Military and Wartime History, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    treaty, mexico, Mexican War, peace treaty, government
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