Lesson Plan

Virtual Tour Scavenger Hunt

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

Overview

Many schools will never be able to visit Saratoga National Historical Park, but teachers can still conduct a virtual tour of the battlefield on the park’s website, either during a computer lab, through a classroom computer connected to a projector, or on a Smart Board.  This worksheet accompanies the virtual tour.

Objective(s)

 Students will be able to:

  1. identify key geographic features on the Saratoga Battlefield
  2. explain how geographic features influenced army decision making at the Battles of Saratoga
  3. use critical thinking to analyze details of visual scenes
  4. develop empathy for the individuals of both armies in the Battles of Saratoga

Background

 Activity is fairly straightforward: students take the virtual tour of the battlefield and complete the worksheet.

 

Materials

Downloadable PDF documents:

"Virtual Tour Scavenger Hunt" student worksheet

Teacher's answer key

Procedure

Assessment

 Downloadable PDF answer key available.

Park Connections

 If you can't be here in person, the virtual tour is the next best thing.

Extensions

 Have students design maps or brochures, create poster/artwork, develop a one-act play pretending to be a battlefield tour guide.

Additional Resources

Downloadable JPG map: Corridor Map, 1777

Vocabulary

Vocabulary list is included as part of the downloadable lesson.

Last updated: February 26, 2015