Behind the Bricks

Grades 4-5

Reservations required for Behind the Bricks. Please conact Ranger Hector Falero - reservations on hold until Fall 2020.

How can buildings and artifacts help me to see the history of a place?

Students on barbette tier of Fort Point

Your crafty time travelers investigate Fort Point, the only massive brick and granite seacoast fortification on the West Coast. Come inside and experience the fort built during the height of the Gold Rush, and garrisoned with soldiers ordered to protect the city, its harbor, and the maritime goods that sailed through the bay. To enrich your students’ visit, please have them watch the video and read the materials about the people who lived in and near Fort Point.
National Park Service staff will greet your students when you arrive at Fort Point. Staff will present a brief introduction on the fort's place in San Francisco history. Please have your students prepared to work in small groups.

Program Description

Behind the Bricks uses the Understanding by Design framework, incorporates Common Core Standards and Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies. Behind the Bricks is framed by the Essential Question – "How can buildings and artifacts help me to see the history of a place?"

Behind the Bricks is structured in three parts:

  • Classroom Preparation - Teacher delivers lessons with resources provided by NPS.

  • Field Session - Students engage in historic inquiry.

  • Classroom Assessment - Students have opportunities to demonstrate what they have learned from their field trip.

Group of youth walk away from Fort Point with two ranger

Behind the Bricks Curriculum

Find teacher guide with curriculum for Behind the Bricks.

Behind the Bricks Student Toolbox

Behind the Bricks Student Toolbox

Find background reading material for your students to prepare for their visit.


Watch: Introduce your students to being field historians


Last updated: June 10, 2020

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