Lesson Plan

The French and Indian War 1754-1763: Unit 4 – How Did the War Progress?

Bombed building in Quebec, 1759
A view of the damage to Quebec caused by the British bombardment.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
American Indian History and Culture, Colonial History, French and Indian War
1 hour
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
National History Standards: K-4 Topic 2: 3A, 3B, 3D, 3E; K-4 Topic 3: 5A; US Era 2: 1B


“How Did the War Progress?” Unit 4 of the Teacher’s Education Kit “The French and Indian War: 1754-1763” has the students study the major battles and events of the war.  The unit's one lesson is a time line of events.

“The French and Indian War 1754-1763” is broken into eight units and a Teacher Background


Guiding Question: What were the major events in the French and Indian War? What was the final outcome?


Critical Content: A time line helps put the complicated events of the French and Indian War in chronological sequence.


Student Objectives: Students will…

·        Identify at least seven major events of the French and Indian War on a time line


This unit includes one lesson plan:

·        "Time Line of the French and Indian War" has student learn about the major events of the war in chorological sequence.

The "French and Indian War 1754-1763" Teacher's Education Kit is targeted for 4th-6th grade students. It is broken into eight units and a Teacher Background section. Each unit can be completed independently. Units 1 – 6 chronologically follow the war from start to finish, including how the war set the stage for the American Revolution. There are two lessons that feature George Washington. Each unit has one or more lesson plans. Unit 7 has 27 biography cards of people involved in the French and Indian War. There are nine American Indian biographies, nine French biographies and nine British biographies. Unit 8 provides information on primary documents and artifacts that are featured on the biography cards. Also included is a color map and information on French and Indian War historical sites in western Pennsylvania.


Check out the Teacher Background and other units:


Teacher Background

Unit 1: Who Were the People Involved?

Unit 2: What Were they fighting For?

Unit 3: How Did the Conflict Begin?

Unit 4: How did the War Progress?

Unit 5: How Did the Conflict End? What Were the Consequences?

Unit 6: How Did the French and Indian War Set the Stage for the American Revolution?

Unit 7: Biography Cards

Unit 8: Primary Documents and Artifacts 


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Park Connections

Fort Necessity was the opening battle of the French and Indian War.  After this initial battle the French and British continued to clash for seven years, and the American Indians were drawn into the dispute. The outcome of the war would drastically affect the future of North America.


Additional Resources

Historic Sites Information


Acknowledgement and Introduction