Surviving and Thriving - Lesson 1: The March In
- Grade Level:
- Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
- Colonial History, Geography, History, Military and Wartime History, Planning/Development, Revolutionary War
- Group Size:
- Up to 24 (4-8 breakout groups)
- National/State Standards:
- PA State Standards
8.1: Historical Analysis and Skills Development
8.1.6. A, 8.1.6. B, 8.1.7. A, 8.1.7. B, 8.1.8. A, 8.1.8. B
Common Core State Standards
RH.6-8.2 and WHST.6-8.9
OverviewWhy 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.
Objective(s)In the first lesson, students will examine secondary source documents and utilize map skills to understand the reasons why Valley Forge was chosen as the site for the Continental Army's winter encampment in 1777.
BackgroundThe "Surviving and Thriving" unit is broken into seven lesson plans. A class needn't complete every lesson in the unit, though some lessons do refer to one another and are better done in sequence. However, each lesson comes with its own set of objectives and resources.
Lesson 2: Washington's Orders
Lesson 3: Breakfast...Lunch...Dinner?
Lesson 4: Keeping the Doctor Away
Lesson 5: The Daily Routine
Lesson 6: Successful "Sogering"
Lesson 7: The March Out
For each Learning module students will complete the exercises assigned and then award themselves “Survival Points” within this rubric as a measure of assessing two elements: 1)The strength of their academic work in each assigned exercise and 2)Their ability to “survive” the long winter months at Valley Forge from march in to march out. Download