Lesson Plan

Influence of War
Post-Visit Activity 1:
Review Copper Use in Wars

Civil War Union belt buckle

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Social Studies
Lesson Duration:
30 Minutes
Common Core Standards:
Thinking Skills:
Remembering: Recalling or recognizing information ideas, and principles. Understanding: Understand the main idea of material heard, viewed, or read. Interpret or summarize the ideas in own words. Applying: Apply an abstract idea in a concrete situation to solve a problem or relate it to a prior experience.


Students will be able to connect copper to larger conflicts based on observations and previous knowledge using at least 3 different examples.





Materials Needed

  • Timeline from pre-activity #1

Lesson Hook/Preview

Ask students what metal alloys used copper.


1. Ask students what metal alloys used copper. Why is this important information? What war materials used copper or the metal alloys? Write down the student responses.

2. Students should take out any notes taken during their trip to the Calumet Visitor Center. Refer back to the timeline at the visitor center and ask what wars they noticed were listed on the timeline. What information was provided about copper use in the wars?

3. Compare their notes to the timeline they created in the pre-activity. If they marked their predictions about what conflicts needed copper, compare the marks to what they observed during their visit. Mark what wars used copper using a different colored dot.


Metal alloy- a metal made of 2 or more metals melted and mixed together

Additional Resources





Copper Mining Timeline:





Related Lessons or Education Materials

This post-activity is one of three that can be completed for fourth grade about the influence of war in the Keweenaw before a field trip visit to the Calumet Visitor Center.  There is also an assortment of related pre-visit activities that can be completed as well.

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Last updated: January 14, 2017