Last updated: February 26, 2015
Virtual Tour Scavenger Hunt
- Grade Level:
- Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
- Colonial History, Geography, History, Military and Wartime History, Revolutionary War
- 45 minutes
- Group Size:
- Up to 24
- 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
Gr. 4: 1A; 2A,B; 3B,D,E
Gr. 5,7,8: Era 2 St. 1B; 2C; Era 3 St. 1C
- Battle of Saratoga, Battles of Saratoga, Saratoga Battlefield, Revolutionary War, American Revolution, military history, history, social studies, geography
OverviewMany 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.
Students will be able to:
- identify key geographic features on the Saratoga Battlefield
- explain how geographic features influenced army decision making at the Battles of Saratoga
- use critical thinking to analyze details of visual scenes
- develop empathy for the individuals of both armies in the Battles of Saratoga
Activity is fairly straightforward: students take the virtual tour of the battlefield and complete the worksheet.
Downloadable PDF documents:
In advance, read through the activity and take the virtual tour. It may be helpful to save the link to have available for class use.
Distribute worksheets with vocabulary lists to students, letting them know they're about to take a virtual tour of Saratoga Battlefield. Review vocabulary list with them, indicating they will encounter these words along the tour. Also read through the worksheet with the students so they will be at least familiar with the questions before doing the tour.
Then, either in the classroom or in computer lab, have the students take the virtual tour.
Downloadable PDF answer key available.
If you can't be here in person, the virtual tour is the next best thing.
Have students design maps or brochures, create poster/artwork, develop a one-act play pretending to be a battlefield tour guide.