Lesson

The Civil War Battlefield

Lesson Overview

The students will be able to create a 3-D display board of specific battles during the Civil War after researching their event using primary and secondary sources. 

Duration
Multiple days
Lesson Type
Project Based Lesson

Essential Question

How did battles in South Carolina impact the outcome of the Civil War?
 

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Other Instructional Materials or Notes:

8

Social Studies

About 1 week before this activity, create a list of these supplies in a letter to the parents asking for donations.  Students can gather earth material with a Ziplock on campus if they forgot to bring anything.  

  • Hard and thick white display boards cut into half (4 kids per board)
  • Earth material including dirt, rocks, sticks, mud to mold
  • Lots of Playdough (earth tones: brown, blue, green, tan, black yellow, white)
  • Molding clay
  • Little army men (they come in huge tubs or bags at Walmart)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Barbed wire
  • Hot glue guns and sticks
  • String/yarn
  • Little boats
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Toothpicks with a white label attached to the top (8 per event, so if each student is doing a different event, you’ll need 32 per board)
  • Research graphic organizer
  • 3-D display board rubric
  • Rubric to grade presentation
  • Rubric for peer assessment of presentation
  • Student sample of 3-D display boards or pictures of these boards
  • Copy of the SC Support Document for 8-4.5 to be used by each student

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Lesson Created By: Mary Huffman

Lesson Partners: South Carolina Hall of Fame