Lesson Plan

This Land is Your Land

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Fourth Grade
Geography, Revolutionary War
10 days (including one field trip day)
Group Size:
Up to 24 (4-8 breakout groups)
National/State Standards:
3-1.1, 3-1.2 Landform regions/significant features of South Carolina
3-3.1 American Revolution
South Carolina:
3-3.2; 3-3.3, 4-3.3
North Carolina 3.H.1, 4.H.1 3.G.1
Piedmont, PeeDee, basin, coastal zone, regions, Stamp Act, Intolerable Act, loyalists, patriots, Cowpens, Kings Mountain, Eutaw Springs, Daniel Morgan, Charles Cornwallis, Banastre Tarleton, Andrew Pickens, William Washington, democracy


This Land is Your Land is an interesting and aggressive lesson that incorporates research, hands on activities and on-site learning to illustrate and reinforce how the geographic features of Upstate South Carolina contributed to the Patriot strategy in their ultimate success at the Battle of Cowpens, 1781.


The student will be able to:

-categorize the six landform regions of South Carolina – the Blue Ridge, the Piedmont, the Sand Hills, The Inner coastal Plain, the Outer Coastal Plain, and the Coastal Zone – according to their climate, physical features, and natural resources

- describe the location and characteristics of significant features of south Carolina, including landforms; river systems such as the Pee Dee River basin, the Santee River Basin, the Edisto River Basin, and the Savannah River Basin; major cities, and climate regions

-analyze and discuss the benefits of the terrain to Daniel Morgan's battle strategy and ultimate victory in the Battle of Cowpens


*South Carolina landform regions and relative climate, physical features, natural resources

*Background (summation) of the Battle of Cowpens and its impact on the American Revolution


South Carolina: An Atlas and South Carolina Interactive Geography (SCIG) CD-ROM

Produced and distributed by the South Carolina Geographic Alliance


Illustration and explanation of six landform regions of South Carolina which assists students in coloring maps and identifying characteristics of each region <Step 1>


Instructions for Sand Map: Provides instructions for and examples of sand map <Step 6> 



*Informal – observation of notetaking/discussion participation

*Formal – rubric graded paragraph summaries and sand-map project

Park Connections

Visit to the park will place students in an outdoor environment where they may physically walk the battlefield to observe geographic characteristics; the video and optic map presentations offered in the Park Visitors center clearly illustrate the importance of local geography to the Patriot victory at Cowpens.


-Have students, in small groups, brainstorm to illustrate other examples of how people utilize, adapt to, and modify the physical environment to meet their needs

-Have students, in small groups, brainstorm to illustrate other examples, even during other times in history, when geography plays a pivotal role in battle plans and strategies

Additional Resources

Year-round events to encourage participation in re-enactments and appreciation of the events surrounding the Battle of Cowpens, such as Living History Days, the Celebration of Freedom, Battlefield Walks. See Cowpens National Battlefield Special Events webpage: www.nps.gov/cowp/planyourvisit/things2do.htm;

Last updated: November 25, 2016