Incorporate authentic learning into your classroom by having your students complete this project as you teach about the Civil War. The project is organized around the question: How can you plan a field trip that helps students learn about the Civil War in a way that is exciting and engaging?
Students will brainstorm different types of locations they could visit to learn more about the Civil War. They will then plan engaging activities that students could do on a field trip and advertise their field trip to teachers. They will not only practice social studies content, but also persuasive and descriptive language. Throughout the learning process, their projects will help drive your instruction. There are also opportunities throughout for teaching social skills and 21st century skills through different types of sharing, giving and receiving feedback, and being flexible with plans.
This project can easily be differentiated for your classroom needs. It can be assigned as an enrichment project for early finishers/advanced learners or as a whole class project.
The project includes:
- Step by step teaching notes and teaching suggestions
- Central Question
- Field Trip Brainstorm: Important People
- Field Trip Brainstorm: Differences between North and South
- Field Trip Brainstorm: Underground Railroad and Slavery
- Field Trip Brainstorm: Important Battles
- Field Trip Plan
- Field Trip Timeline
- Peer-Assessment Checklist
- Self-Assessment Checklist
If you teach in Virginia, use my Civil War interactive notebook to teach key content along with this PBL.
Civil War Virginia Studies Interactive Notebook
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US History Social Studies Project PBL Mega BUNDLE
Virginia Studies Project PBL Mega BUNDLE
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