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A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier

September 11, 2013

Lesson Plan Template

Linda Ja rrett and Sarah McAfee

August 20, 2013


Title of lesson: A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier

Author of lesson: Linda Jerrett and Sarah McAFee

Grade level: 4th and 5th


Resources: Internet, the students will be using classroom ipads.

          Books: A guided Tour Through History; Fredericksburg by Randi      Minetor, Antietam by Cynthia Parzych, Vicksbury by Mike Sigalas, and

Gettysbury by Randi Minetor.  Timeline Books GPP Travel. 

Information from Shiloh National Military Park and other Historical Parks.


Lesson Summary: The students will gather information concerning the lives of Civil War soldiers.  Information such as living conditions, food, clothing, daily activities, preparations, military strategies, and major battles should be gathered.  Students will separate into groups of four and create a worksheet consisting of at least ten questions with answers provided. Each group will have the opportunity to share with the other groups about the specific information they have learned.


Grade Level Expectation: 

          Power Standard – Identify political, economic, and social causes and consequences of the Civil War.

          Learning Target- Students will gain knowledge of specific situations, and information about the Civil War.


Key Terms: Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Civil War,

                      provisions, strategies,


Historical Background: Historical background will be learned throughout the lesson.


Anticipatory Set:  The students will have an opportunity to discuss the “life of a 4th or 5th grade student”. This should help the lesson become more personal.


Do Now Activity: 

Procedures; Each group will be given a book related to one of the four major Civil War battles, discussed above.  They will also be provided with Ipads, to look up information that is subject related. The students will be instructed to create one worksheet with at least ten questions with answers provided as well. After a specific amount of time, the groups will be expected to share the information learned.


Homework:  Students will eventually be given a study guide containing the collaborated information which was gained. They will need to study this information.


Assessment: Multiple, choice quiz will be created and given from collaborated information.







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