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Waltzing To The Civil War


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Keywords: Social Studies, Alabama, Civil War, Technology
Subject(s): Social Studies, Photography, Information Skills, Reading, Music, Writing, Special Needs, Dyslexia, Geography, Autism, Technology, Social Skills, Video, Art, English/Language Arts, Spelling, Grammar, History
Grades 5 through 6
School: Cleveland Elementary School, Cleveland, AL
Planned By: Angie Beasley
Original Author: Angie Beasley, Cleveland
Our classes cover the following: Causes of The Civil War, Election of 1860, Succession, Advantages and Disadvantages of the North and South, Battle Strategies of the North and South, Key Battles, Generals, Sherman's March to the Sea, Lee's Surrender and Reconstruction. These lessons lead up to our Civil War Ball.

The Civil War Ball is an activity that helps students learn about Alabama and Blount County during the Civil War.

1. Students go to the computer lab and research regiments and battles

2. Students write reports on how people lived, dressed, customs and food

3. Make maps of troop routes

4. Learn to recite the Gettysburg Address orally

5. Learn dances and music from the time period

6. Listen to local tales about what happened in Blount County

Parent volunteers, teachers and staff transform our elementary gym into memories of the Civil War. Students dress appropriately in Civil War attire. This project is a collaborative effort between students, parents and teachers and brings the past to the present.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Social Studies, Reading, Fine Arts, Guidance and Technology
Follow-Up
We would like to expand our history lesson by students making powerpoints, art, music and movies of our event.
Materials: Social Studies, Writing, Flash/USB Drives, Cables, CDs and DVDs, Memory Cards, Batteries, Tripods, Camera Bags, Camera/Video Accessories, Video Tools, Art Tools, Digital SLR, Point and Shoot, Digital Cameras, Hi-Def Camcorder, Flip Video, Slideshow, Timeline, Integrating Technology, Autism