Lesson Plan

Something More at Stake

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
Colonial History, Geography, Military and Wartime History, Revolutionary War
25 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 24
National/State Standards:
NYS Content:
Gr.4: Rev War
Gr.5: US Hist
Gr.7: Un.2, Sec.2; Sec.2, Obj.1, Sec.3; Un.3, Sec.1,2; Sec.3, Obj.2,4,  Sec.4; Sec.5
Gr.4: 1A; 2A; 3B,D,E; 4A,B,E; 6A; 8B,C
Gr.5,7,8: Era 2 St.1A,B; St.2A,C; Era 3 St. 1A,C; St. 2A,C
Battle of Saratoga, Battles of Saratoga, Saratoga Battlefield, Revolutionary War, American Revolution, military history, history, social studies, geography


This worksheet goes with the park’s orientation film, “Something More at Stake.”  The film DVD, is available for purchase through the park’s bookstore, Eastern National.


 Students will be able to :

  1. describe the British plan for invading New York State in 1777
  2. describe the American response
  3. name the general in charge of each side
  4. name the foreign country that sided with the US as a result of the American victory in the Battles of Saratoga


 A DVD copy of the park's 20-minute orientation film, "Something More at Stake," can be ordered by calling the park's Eastern National bookstore at 518-670-2985.

Lesson time of 25 minutes includes the 20 minutes to view the orientation film, plus a few minutes to finish up the activity.


 Downloadable PDF documents:

"Something More at Stake" student worksheet

Teacher's answer key



Downloadable PDF provided answer key.

Park Connections

This video is all about the Battles of Saratoga, the reason the park is here.

In season, schools may arrange for free, self-guided tours of the battlefield, and for ranger-led education programs.

Schools able to visit the park may wish to purchase their own copy of the video and watch it as a pre-visit activity. Schools unable to visit the park will find the video to be an excellent resource for use in conjunction with the park's virtual tour.


 As a pre- or post-visit activity, students could create their own orientation film on the Battles of Saratoga.

Additional Resources

Downloadable PDF resource:
Student Research Packet


COLONIES --most likely prior knowledge for students as part of introduction to the Colonial and Revolutionary periods in the US
COLUMN(S) --generic term for larger-group movement of soldiers in a particular direction and with a specific purpose, i.e. "one group positioned a mile inland from the river, and from there moving south"

Last updated: February 26, 2015