Traveling Trunks

Hands-on learning
Engage your students in hands-on, interactive learning! By trying on and examining U.S. and Mexican military uniforms and equipment, your students will better understand the daily life of a U.S.-Mexican War soldier.

TEKS-based lesson plans teach about the causes and consequences of the war and the life of a soldier during the war. Materials include replica uniforms and accoutrements, an educator overview, lesson plans and student worksheets, and a timeline.

Trunk info
Trunks target students in grades 4 -7. In addition, these trunks can serve as mini-museums. They can be set up as exhibits or used to kick-off or conclude your studies on the U.S.-Mexican War.

Due to shipping costs, we are limited to distributing trunks to teachers able to pick up and drop off in person.

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  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    What They Wore: U.S.-Mexican War Traveling Trunks

    Hands-on history! Try on a soldier’s uniform and feel the itchy wool. Carry a soldier’s knapsack. Compare personal equipment to your own personal items. A video and teacher’s guide is also included.

    Type:
    Traveling Trunk
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Seventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Hispanic or Latino American History and Culture, History, Mexican War, Westward Expansion
    National/State Standards:
    Gr K-4 National Standards-Social Studies: U.S. History 2, 3
    Gr 5-12 National Standards-Social Studies: World History Eras 4 & 7
    Keywords:
    U.S. Army, Mexican Army, soldiers, war