This is a stations activity that allows students to explore life just before and during the Civil War. Most Civil War study focuses on the military and political history. This activity has a little bit of military life, but it is also a peak into everyday life for Americans in the middle of the 19th century.
The topics covered include:
-Characteristics of states and regions
-Types and costs of homes
-Slang and dialect
The activities include readings and hands-on activities including, but not limited to:
-Color coding a map
-Calculating the cost of housing and average salaries
-Learning to write like a 19th Century American
-Listening to Civil War era music and identifying the region it belongs to.
-Coloring Civil War costumes according to historical accuracy
-Tasting a Civil War staple
-Identifying the purpose of medical instruments
-Watching a video about the iron clad ships