“A Soldier’s Life at Fort Ticonderoga”
Immerse your students in 1775 as a soldier garrisoning Ticonderoga comes to your classroom. Students learn about the experiences of a soldier on the Lake Champlain 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. Programs are specially curated for each geographic location highlighting the soldiers who served at Ticonderoga from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Fort Ticonderoga’s professional staff can also curate the content to meet specific curriculum goals for K-12 students. Participants will gain an understanding of soldier’s daily life in service of his nation, the equipment required to serve, and the larger concepts related to service in America’s War for Independence. Concepts such as geography, logistics, math, critical thinking, language arts skills, and historical literacy are integrated into an exciting and enriching program.
“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 2018-19 school year on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from September 2018 through June 2019.
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 Washington County.
Programs are funded in part by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation.
Reserving a Program
Contact Joshua Mason, Museum Education Coordinator at (518) 585-6370 or email@example.com.
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.