• Log huts are coated in a fresh layer of snow

    Valley Forge

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

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    Surviving and Thriving - Lesson 4: Keeping the Doctor Away

    Approximately 2,000 men perished from disease and health-related issues during the winter of 1777-78. This module focuses on examining the critical issue of a soldier’s health during the six month encampment. The "Surviving and Thriving" unit is broken into seven lesson plans. A class needn't complete every lesson in the unit - each lesson comes with its own set of objectives and resources. This is lesson 4 of the unit.

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    Surviving and Thriving - Lesson 5: The Daily Routine

    If the Continental soldiers were confined to Valley Forge for several months in the heart of the cold winter, what exactly did they do every day? This module focuses on the introducing students to the daily life of the Continental soldiers while they were encamped at Valley Forge. The "Surviving and Thriving" unit is broken into seven lesson plans. A class needn't complete every lesson in the unit - each lesson comes with its own set of objectives and resources. This is lesson 5 of the unit.

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    Surviving and Thriving - Lesson 3: Breakfast...Lunch...Dinner?

    The men have to eat…but how and what? This module focuses on introducing students to the hardships of the encampment, specifically related to the daily food needs of the soldiers. The "Surviving and Thriving" unit is broken into seven lesson plans. A class needn't complete every lesson in the unit - each lesson comes with its own set of objectives and resources. This is lesson 3 of the unit.

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    Surviving and Thriving - Lesson 2: Washington's Orders

    Surviving and Thriving - Lesson 2: Washington's Orders

    This lesson focuses on exploring what may have been one of the most important orders given by General Washington during the winter encampment, building the hut. The "Surviving and Thriving" unit is broken into seven lesson plans. A class needn't complete every lesson in the unit - each lesson comes with its own set of objectives and resources. This is lesson 2 of the unit.

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    Surviving and Thriving - Lesson 1: The March In

    Surviving and Thriving - Lesson 1: The March In

    Why did General George Washington choose Valley Forge as the site for the Army’s winter encampment? This module focuses on examining the choices made by the leader of the Continental Army as he determined where to place his army in 1777. Our "Surviving and Thriving" unit is broken into seven lesson plans. A class needn't complete every lesson in the unit - each lesson comes with its own set of objectives and resources. This is lesson 1 of the unit.

Did You Know?

The huts used by Washington's guard, framed by falling snow.

Valley Forge was the third of the eight American winter encampments during the Revolutionary War. It is the best known of the eight, however, because it is remembered as the birthplace of the Continental Army.