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Surviving and Thriving - Lesson 5: The Daily Routine

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Grade Level:
Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
Subject:
Colonial History, History, Military and Wartime History, Revolutionary War
Group Size:
Up to 24 (4-8 breakout groups)
Setting:
classroom
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

Overview

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.

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.

Each student must remember that he/she is also moving through the steps of the module from the perspective of an individual Continental soldier who is ultimately assessing his/her ability to successfully "survive and thrive" while encamped at Valley Forge.  


Background

The "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.

Throughout the unit, students will evaluate and understand the winter encampment site at Valley Forge (1777-78) by taking part in the life of a member of the Continental Army as it marched into Valley Forge, was challenged by multiple elements, and then potentially exited to continue the war for independence against the British. 

We suggest that students be placed in small, heterogeneous groups which can then move as independent entities through the lessons. The students within a group will individually complete the "Survival Rubric" with each learning module to determine, at the completion of the curriculum, how successfully he/she has "survived and thrived" by virtue of their individual "survival score." 

Other lessons in this unit
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 


Materials



Procedure

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!

Assessment

Step 1: Students may award themselves up to 5 Survival Points on the Survival Rubric if they successfully complete the exercises in Step 1.

Step 2: Students may award themselves up to 5 Survival Points on the Survival Rubric if they successfully complete the exercises in Step 2 based on the self-assessed quality of their work.


Extensions

A more basic set of activities regarding the daily life of Revolutionary soldiers can be found here: http://www.powdermag.org/lessons/Revolution%20-%20A%20Day%20in%20the%20Life%20of%20Soldier%20Lesson.pdf 

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