“A Soldier’s Life at Fort Ticonderoga”
Fort Ticonderoga brings into the classroom the experiences of a soldier on the Lake Champlain frontier during the Revolutionary War. During the program, students learn about the daily life of soldiers through hands-on experiences with high-quality reproductions of clothing and personal items that soldiers carried in the service of their new nation. Students will obtain an understanding of the purpose and function of each item and t larger concepts related to service in America’s War for Independence. Our historic interpreters integrate concepts of geography, logistics, math, critical thinking, language arts skills, and historical literacy into this hands-on discovery. Programs are specially curated for each school’s local history, highlighting actual soldiers who served at Ticonderoga from locales across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Fort Ticonderoga’s professional staff can also curate the content to meet specific curriculum goals for K-12 students. Fort Ticonderoga routinely visits schools through New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey, & beyond.
“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, Minerva 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
This program is available in the 2019-20 school year on most weekdays from September 2019 through June 2020.
COMING SOON! “Questioning History: Guided Inquiry into Revolutionary War Documents”
This new outreach program for middle and high school students is designed to build historical literacy and critical thinking skills. Teachers work with students to craft their own research projects and interview questions, using select historical documents from the archives of Fort Ticonderoga. Our skilled historic interpreters then come into the classroom to engage students with a vigorous discussion of their ideas about the Revolutionary War.
**This program will be available most weekdays, beginning November 2019 through June 2020.
The 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 Saratoga, Washington, St. Lawrence, Fulton, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, and Montgomery Counties.
Programs are funded in part by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, the Lake Placid Education Foundation, Glens Falls Foundation, and the Essex Foundation.
Reserving a Program
Contact Gordy Hamilton, Outreach Coordinator, at (518) 585-6190 or firstname.lastname@example.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.