Distance Learning

The Homestead Act of 1862

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Grade Level:
Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
Social Studies
Common Core Standards:
3.L.1.a, 3.SL.1, 3.SL.1.a, 3.SL.1.b, 3.SL.1.c, 3.SL.1.d, 3.SL.2, 3.SL.3, 4.SL.1, 4.SL.1.a, 4.SL.1.b, 4.SL.1.c, 4.SL.1.d, 4.SL.2, 4.SL.3, 5.SL.1, 5.SL.1.a, 5.SL.1.b, 5.SL.1.c, 5.SL.1.d, 5.SL.2, 5.SL.3, 6.SL.1, 6.SL.1.a, 6.SL.1.b, 6.SL.1.c, 6.SL.1.d, 6.SL.2, 6.SL.3, 6.SL.4, 6.SL.5, 6.SL.6, 7.SL.1, 7.SL.1.a, 7.SL.1.b, 7.SL.1.c, 7.SL.1.d, 7.SL.2, 7.SL.3, 7.SL.4, 7.SL.5, 7.SL.6, 8.SL.1, 8.SL.1.a, 8.SL.1.b, 8.SL.1.c, 8.SL.1.d, 8.SL.2, 8.SL.3

Program Format

1. Brief introduction to the National Park Service
2. How the United States acquired the land given away under the Homestead Act of 1862
3. Impact of the Civil War on the Homestead Act of 1862
4. Requirements to claim land under the Homestead Act of 1862
5. The impacts of the Homestead Act of 1862
6. Summary and questions

The format includes lecture, visual aids and videos.


  • explore the impacts of the Civil War on the Homestead Act of 1862
  • understand the requirements to claim Free Land under the Homestead Act of 1862
  • engage in discussion about the impacts of the Homestead Act of 1862

How to Participate

Homestead National National Historical Park is able to connect to students using several different technologies to include: H.323 (IP addresses), through a conference call. If you do not see the connection you are specifically looking for, please contact us at the information below.

Homestead National Historical Park partners with the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) to schedule programs. Accounts are free and there is no charge for any of our programs.

Please register for a program here.

If you are unable to register through CILC, please call the Education Specialist, at (402) 223-3514 or contact him via e-mail.