Surviving and Thriving - Lesson 5: The Daily Routine
- Grade Level:
- Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
- Colonial History, History, Military and Wartime History, Revolutionary War
- Group Size:
- Up to 24 (4-8 breakout groups)
- National/State Standards:
- Pennsylvania State Standards:
8.1: Historical Analysis and Skills Development
8.1.6. A, 8.1.7. A, 8.1.8. A
Common Core Standards
RH.6-8.3, WHST.6-8.4, WHST.6-8.9
OverviewIf 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.
Objective(s)In the fifth lesson, students will evaluate activities that Continental soldiers may have engaged in at the Valley Forge encampment. Then, students will construct a Continental soldier's daily routine using timeline skills.
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 1: The March In
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
Step 1: What do YOU think kept the boredom away? Students will construct a list of potential daily activities for a Continental soldier in Part One of the graphic organizer.
Students should evaluate and write down any activities they observe being engaged by the Continental soldiers while watching this short video segment. Students will write their evaluated activities in part two of the graphic organizer.
Step 2: In their small groups, students will collectively develop a timeline (on the sheet provided) that shows that process of the daily routine of the Continental soldiers in camp at Valley Forge. Students should incorporate the items discovered in Step 1- they should also use a first-person perspective when constructing the timeline…in other words, become a Continental soldier whose sole purpose is to keep the boredom away!