Document and Inquiry-Based Virtual Field Trip Opportunities Are Now Available for Middle and High School Students.
If you ever wanted to take your class on a field trip to Gettysburg National Military Park but cannot, for whatever reason, get here, our new Virtual Field Trip opportunities will allow your students to learn directly from primary source materials and from the fields of battle themselves. But much more than this, our new Virtual Field Trip opportunities will allow your students to choose what they would like to see and what they would like to learn, and allow them to ask whatever questions they might have. . .all from their classroom!
Your students’ virtual field trip will begin when they choose the focus question they want to investigate. Having made their selections, they will next. . .
- Receive a set of primary source documents that will help them develop questions they will ask a Park Ranger, and help to develop answers to their focus question;
- Watch a 15-minute YouTube video of the program sites as a Park Ranger investigates and helps to answer the focus question;
- Participate in a virtual question-and-answer session with a Park Ranger!
Once all three parts of the program are concluded, your students will have everything they need to develop and support with evidence their answer to the focus question – a skill set outlined in Common Core, National Council for the Social Studies, and other curriculum standards.
The Focus Questions from which your students can choose are as follows:
Cost of War?
Were the consequences of war, including the destruction and loss of life at Gettysburg, necessary to resolve the country’s issues?
Documents include Elizabeth Thorn account of battle and aftermath, excerpted letters from Philip Hamlin, 1st Minnesota Infantry and Sidney Carter from South Carolina, and President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Video includes visit to the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg.
The Tide of Battle?
Was one unit most crucial to Union victory on July 2, 1863 – the second day of the battle of Gettysburg?
Documents include maps of July 2 battle action for the following units: 20th Maine Infantry, 9th Massachusetts Battery, and 1st Minnesota Infantry; after-action report of Colonel Joshua Chamberlain; Minneapolis Journal article from 1895; letter to The Saint Paul Pioneer, August 186
Re-Enlist? (A Virtual Field Trip for 3rd through 6th graders)
Would you re-enlist in a Civil War army for 3 years, after serving for just 3 months and learning about the hard life of a soldier?
Documents include drills from 1861 Infantry Tactics manual, photographs of uniform pieces and equipment, and soldier accounts of camp life and battle action.
Would You Like to Take Your Class on a Virtual Field Trip to Gettysburg?
Follow the Link Below and Reserve Your Spot via Our Google Docs Reservation Form~