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War of 1812 Learning Module

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
Military and Wartime History, U.S. First Ladies, U.S. Presidents, War of 1812
war of 1812, Bicentennial War of 1812, Star-Spangled Banner, Star-Spangled Banner Flag, trail, stewardship, Trail Stewards, Chesapeake Campaign, Chesapeake Bay


Independent and guided activities utilizing a cross-curricular approach to learning.  Activities can be modified to meet the needs of your group.  Includes guided primary source research, graphing, writing and literacy activites.


We put the learning module to the test!

For the 2012/2013 school year, fifth grade students at Patterson Park Public Charter School (Baltimore City) did a year-long project based around The War of 1812 and the Battle of Baltimore. A portion of the battle took place in the park that the school is named after. Their research was done in various stages as listed below. The first stage was having the students research the various aspects of The War of 1812 itself, and sharing their findings. The second tier was specifically learning more about The Battle of Baltimore and the events on Hampstead Hill by doing thorough site visits. Lastly the students used their own ingenuity and creativity to design and build historically accurate props and reenact the Battle of Baltimore in a film. A "Historic Field Day" held in May allowed them to proudly share their work with their parents and the community. Most importantly the students wanted to leave their imprint on history and give back to the community. The events of Hampstead Hill researched by the students will go on Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail interpretive signage to be placed in the park.


Can you do some of these activities at your school? Is there some aspect of the Chesapeake Campaign that happened near your school that you would like your students to research?



Be Creative!


Students researched the various types of uniforms worn by the British and Americans during the war. In art class students recreated some of these uniforms using both art and math skills.


After looking over the different types of muskets used in the war they recreated some of the muskets in science and tech classes. Working together they measured and sawed the specific details of the musket. Then they painted and stained the muskets to look like the originals.


Using the 15 star flag of the US in 1814 and the timeless British flag they recreated the flags in art class using math and art skills.


Thanks to a parent volunteer the students built a boat that they then used in their reenactment of the Battle of Baltimore.


The students then used all of the props they created into making a "Battle of Baltimore" reenactment film.

(Search for PPPCS Battle of Baltimore Video on Youtube.)

Last updated: February 26, 2015