Parks as Classrooms

 
Students participate in Pickett's Charge.
Students participate in Pickett's Charge.

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FIELD TRIPS

"Best Field Trip Ever!" Planning Kit

Just getting started with your field trip planning? Be sure to check out the "Best Field Trip Ever!" planning kit pdf to learn about all of your options. This pdf has sections for the planning teacher, the chaperones, and the students.

"Best Field Trip Ever" Planning Kit pdf
 

Ranger Field Programs at Gettysburg


A field trip to Gettysburg is the perfect way to help teach the history and stories of the Civil War. Build upon these unique opportunities for experiential learning all year long. We have two seasons of Ranger-led education programs. Schedule your Ranger Field Programs at Gettysburg today.
 

Battlefield Footsteps
Walk in the path of these regiments to learn about courage, determination,
leadership, citizenship and more!

Citizenship: Untold Stories from the Battle of Gettysburg
Visit the homes of a widow who surrendered her home for the commanding general, an African-American farmer facing the approaching Confederate army, and an immigrant whose husband was off fighting for their new country. What did the battle, and the war, mean to these civilians and the rest of their lives?
Grades: 4-12 Class Size: 10-35 Length: 90 minutes

Courage & the 9th Massachusetts Battery, July 2
Practice the loading and firing procedure, and then follow in the path and harried activity of this as yet untested artillery unit.
Grades: 4-12 Class Size: 15-45 Length: 90 minutes

Determination & the 15th Alabama Infantry, July 2
Climb Big Round Top and attack Little Round Top after a forced march, and without any water… and then explore how your students can apply these lessons of determination.
Grades: 4-12 Class Size: 15-45 Length: 90 minutes

Leadership & the 6th Wisconsin Infantry, July 1
"Align on the Colors" with Lt. Colonel Rufus Dawes as you rush toward an unfinished railroad cut filled with firing Confederate soldiers. Will the cut serve as cover, or will it become a trap?
Grades: 4-12 Class Size: 15-45 Length: 90 minutes

Teamwork & Pickett's Division, July 3
Walk in formation across the field of Pickett's Charge, about one mile, role-playing individual soldiers. Group unity and participation are stressed.
Grades: 4-12 Class Size: 15-45 Length: 2 hours

Civil War Perspectives
Ask about museum lesson plans that compliment these program perspectives!

Caring for the Wounded: A Civil War Hospital
Follow the path of a soldier from campaign to battle, to first aid, to transport, to field hospital, and finally to recovery. Set up a field hospital and role play Civil War first aid and triage.
Grades: 5-12 Class Size: 10-35 Length: 2 hours

Fallen Soldiers: The National Cemetery and Gettysburg Address
Students work in small groups simulating the process of soldier identification following the battle, read letters of the soldiers, graveside, and apply them to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address - a unique and emotional primary source experience.
Grades: 7-12 Class Size: 10-35 Length: 2 hours

Join the Army: Life of a Civil War Soldier
Participate in activities and discussions that present the training, equipment, life and feelings of the volunteer soldiers, including the medical exam, Oath of Allegiance, marching drill, and captain's speech before first battle!
Grades: 2-6 Class Size:10-35 Length: 90 minutes

Slyder Family Farm: Before, During, and After the Battle
Hike down a trail to the John Slyder farm, and rotate through farming chore stations. Then roleplay the Slyder family and the soldiers they came into conflict with on July 2, 1863.
Grades: 4-8 Class Size: 15-30 Length: 2 hours

 
CURRICULUM MATERIALS
Preparation lesson plans for all of our curriculum-based ranger field trip programs, as well as the Teacher's Guide for the "Life of a Civil War Soldier" Traveling Trunk program are all here!
 
A school group participates in a Pickett's Charge education program.
A school group participates in a Pickett's Charge education program.

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Pickett's Charge

 
A picture of the crowd, dignitaries, and Abraham Lincoln during the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863.
The crowd, dignitaries, and Abraham Lincoln during the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863.

Fallen Soldiers

~ formerly called Unfinished Work
 
A park ranger leads five school children in a march at the Slyder farm. Four carry toy guns, one carries the U.S. flag and all are wearing green hats.
A park ranger leads a marching demonstration at the Slyder farm.

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Slyder Family Farm

~ formerly called Impact of War
 
Wounded soldiers sit outside a Civil War hospital.
Wounded soldiers sit outside a Civil War hospital.

Care of the Wounded

 
Confederate living historians march in formation on the battlefield. A red barn is in the distance.
Join the Army: Life of a Civil War Soldier.

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Join the Army: Life of a Civil War Soldier

 
Union artillery living historians prepare to fire their cannon.
Union artillerymen prepare to fire their cannon.

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Battlefield Footsteps

  • Leadership and the 6th Wisconsin
  • Determination and the 15th Alabama
  • Courage and the 9th Massachusetts
 
The contents of a traveling trunk include a tin plate, utensils, hardtack, candle, beans, rice, and a mirror.
Some of the contents of the traveling trunk.

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Traveling Trunk


Teachers Guide to The Life of a Soldier

Last updated: October 2, 2018

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