Lesson Plan

Johnstown Flood Museum: Academy-Award winning film, "The Johnstown Flood"

Cottages along Lake Conemaugh
The cottages along Lake Conemaugh

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Grade Level:
Kindergarten-Sixth Grade
Subject:
History
Duration:
26 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 60
Setting:
indoors
National/State Standards:
Pennsylvania Standard 1.6.5

Overview

Students will enter the museum theater to watch the 26-minute Academy Award winning film for Best Documentary, Short Subject.

Objective(s)

For students to have a visual representation of the disaster, using archival footage and scene recreations.

Background

 A partnership was formed with the Johnstown Flood National Memorial and the Johnstown Area Heritage Association. Out of this partnership an interdisciplinary curriculum based program about the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889 was created. This provides a complete educational experience telling the story of the Johnstown Flood. This program takes the student from the story's beginnings-the South Fork Dam and Clubhouse of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club to the story's end-disaster, relief and rebuilding of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

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