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Battlefield Walks
Description Goals and Objectives Grade Level: 5th Grade and above
1. Demonstrate how locate a location using Google Earth, plot points and build overlays.
• Type in the name of the nearest town associated with the battle.
• Locate the battle ground using existing Google Earth markers or by using a map of the battlefield and comparing it to the map on Google Earth.
• Inserting a marker for a specific point
• Construct an overlay to show an area covered by a unit or a portion of the battle
2. Students conduct research on their chosen battlefield in teams of two. One student will focus on the Southern forces and the other on the Union forces. Students need to identify the following:
• Key units involved in the battle
• Where those units were located at the beginning of the battle and their movements during the battle
• What happened at specific phases of the battle, a minimum of beginning, middle and end
• Understand what the outcome of the battle was and its consequences on the future conduct of the war.

3. Students plot their in formation into Google Earth.
• Plot key positions and events using gray for the South, blue for the North and white for neutral or combined sites
• Build overlays to represent unit lines, lines of movement or key battle areas using the colors above
4. Students develop a narrative to explain the events depicted in their project and a summary of the battles consequences in regards to loss of life and its affect on the war overall.
5. Students present their project to the entire class using the digital projector to show their tour to the entire class during the reading of their narrative.
Overarching goal: Students will learn how major Civil War battles were resolved and their impact on the war overall.

• Students will conduct research on a major battle of the Civil War.
• Students learn how to use Google Earth to find locations, plot points, and construct overlays for specific battlefields.
• Students develop a narrative to go along with their Google Earth battlefield tour.
Content Areas Type:
Social Studies Student Controlled
2 weeks
Skills Addressed File Resources Available Related Topics & Resources
Researching historical data
Plotting geographical information
Writing a Narrative

Battlefield Lesson Formal Lesson Plan

Students present their Google Earth Battlefield tour to the class and read their narrative as it is played. Both will be graded on a rubric to be formulated by the students and the teacher.
Notes about the Lesson Non-Digital Materials Needed Digital Materials Needed
Library books on the Civil War Computers capable of using Google Earth
Google Earth
Web Browser (Internet Explorer or Firefox)
Access to School Subscription Services (Grolier, Nettrecker, etc)
Created By: Roy Denton Date: 9:22:12 2007-3-15


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