Civil War Lesson Plans: Elementary
Activities for Students
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Our elementary lesson plans are created by educators for classroom use in grades three through six. All lessons are standards-based and fall under our Civil War Goals »
Elementary Lesson Plans
Students will be able to identify the causes of the American Civil War.
Students will be able to describe the state of the nation and sequence the first events of the Civil War.
Students will be able to state the meaning and impact of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Students will be able to describe the day-to-day life of a Civil War soldier.
Students will be able to list examples of work done on the home front and describe how news traveled to the home front.
Students will be able to discuss the effects of the battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg, paying particular attention to the Gettysburg Address.
Students will be able to list and discuss the sequence of events leading to the end of the Civil War, paying special attention to the election of 1864.
Students will be able to discuss the effects of the Civil War.
Students will be able to illustrate ways in which they can preserve the memory of the war.