Lesson details


Social Studies


The Civil War


The Battlefield

Recommended Technology: 

SCETV videos
iPads or MacBooks - Computers/tablets with internet access

Other instructional materials or notes: 

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

The Civil War Battlefield

Multiple days
Lesson type: 
Project Based Lesson
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. 

Essential Question: 

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

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Lesson created by:
Mary Huffman
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