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Fort Pulaski Scavenger Hunt Grades 2-4

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Subject:
Social Studies
Common Core Standards:
2.RI.1, 3.RI.1, 4.RI.1, 3.RI.3, 4.RI.3, 2.SL.2, 2.OA.1, 2.NBT.5, 3.OA.1, 3.OA.3, 4.OA.2, 4.NBT.4, 4.NBT.5
State Standards:
Georgia Performance Standards/Common Core
Science    S2CS2, S3CS2, S4CS4

Background

Fort Pulaski was completed in 1847 to defend Savannah from foreign invaders. Capable of mounting more than 120 cannons, the fort was strategically located at the mouth of the Savannah River to intercept enemy ships. While stationed at Fort Pulaski, the soldiers lived, worked and practiced in the fort. Ships kept the fort regularly supplied with food, clothing, medicine and military equipment. The fort saw one battle--during the Civil War in 1862. About 400 Confederate soldiers inside the fort were defending it against Union soldiers firing long-range cannons from Tybee Island. The new Union cannons were able to pound two holes in the corner of the fort, and the Confederates surrendered.

Overview

This is a teacher-led activity to be done on site at the fort. The scavenger hunt functions as an interactive, self-guided fort tour for students. The student worksheet requires them to answer several questions as they visit various locations inside the fort. 

Objective(s)

At the end of this activity, students will be able to:
1) Describe at least one reason that made Fort Pulaski a strong fort.
2) Describe at least one reason that made Fort Pulaski a good defender of Savannah.
3) Name at least one way in which life was different for soldiers inside the fort compared to today.

Vocabulary

Ammunition--material fired from guns and cannons.
Cannon--a large and heavy weapon that fires big ammunition.
Casemate--a large and strong room that holds cannons.

Materials

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