In-Classroom Programs

“A Soldier’s Life at Fort Ticonderoga”

Immerse your students in 1775 as a soldier garrisoning Fort Ticonderoga comes to your classroom. Students learn about the experiences of a soldier on the Lake Champlain frontier during the American Revolution. Students learn about the daily life of soldiers through hands-on experiences with high-quality reproductions of items that soldiers carried during the Revolution. Students gain an understanding of the purpose and function of each item and the larger concepts related to service in America’s War for Independence. Students learn about equipping and feeding an army in a remote location while incorporating geography, math, and language arts skills.

It was wonderful and the students LOVED the program.  They were able to touch the reproduction clothes that a soldier wore. They saw the pack that was used to carry the blanket, food, soap, and writing notebook in it. The canteen and the gunpowder horn were also a part of the soldier’s gear. They not only learned about the gear but they also learned how many POUNDS and TONS of gear were needed for the troops during wartime. They were using math and thinking skills! As a veteran teacher I know that kids learn by doing, holding, tasting, touching, creating, and viewing artifacts.
Lisa Fabin, Fourth Grade Teacher, Minverva Central School, Minerva, New York

 

Thank you for the compelling presentation that you gave us. I was interested in the soldier’s strategies and how logically the rivers and locations fit together with the battle and soldiers.... When you were talking about conquering Canada, I now want to do more research on that topic. Thank you for giving me more opportunities to learn about history, and to study more.
Shoshana, Fourth Grade Student, Weybridge Elementary School, Weybridge, Vermont 

 

Availability

This program is available in the 2016-17 school year on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from late October 2016 through mid April 2017.

Cost

Cost is $200 plus mileage and programs are designed for 30 students or less. Additional programs in the same school on the same day are $100 per program. Grant funding exists in some areas to bring a Historic Interpreter from Fort Ticonderoga into the classroom at a greatly reduced fee on a first-come, first-served basis.

We have grant funding to offer programs in Addison County, Vermont from the Walter Cerf Community Fund. We have several grants in New York, allowing us to visit schools in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, and Warren Counties, and parts of Washington County.

Programs are funded in the Adirondack Park by the Lake Placid Education Foundation and the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, and in the Greater Glens Falls Area from the Glens Falls Foundation. With the support of Senator Betty Little, funding was awarded through the New York State Education Department for the 45th New York Senate District. Additional funding is provided by Champlain National Bank.

Reserving a Program

Contact Rich Strum, Director of Education at (518) 585-6370 or at rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org.

 

Standards Addressed in this Program

C3 Framework Key Ideas

D2.Eco.3.3-5. Identify examples of the variety of resources (human capital, physical capital, and natural resources) that are used to produce goods and services.

D2.Geo.2.3-5. Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions and their environmental characteristics.

D2.Geo.8.3-5. Explain how human settlements and movements relate to the locations and use of various natural resources.

D2.His.2.3-5. Compare life in specific historical time periods to life today.

D2.His.3.3-5. Generate questions about individuals and groups who have shaped significant historical changes and continuities.

D2.His.16.3-5. Use evidence to develop a claim about the past.

Common Core State Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1.C :Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NBT.A.1 :Recognize that in a multi-digit whole number, a digit in one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to its right.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NBT.B.5 : Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.