Optional Lesson - Field Trip to Mount Vernon
Students will be able to
· Identify George Washington and his role in the American Revolution.
· Examine how George Washington’s life was impacted by the American Revolution through looking at primary and secondary sources about his life.
· Determine how George Washington’s life impacts us today.
The student will demonstrate knowledge of the causes and results of the American Revolution by
c) describing key events and the roles of key individuals in the American Revolution, with emphasis on George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry;
The student will demonstrate responsible citizenship and develop skills for historical and geographical analysis, including the ability to
a) identify and interpret primary and secondary source documents to increase understanding of events and life in United States history to 1865;
b) make connections between the past and the present;
Three George Washington Worksheets (can be found and downloaded at the bottom of the page), pencils, and cameras(optional).
1. Take students on a trip to Mount Vernon.
2. Give students the George Washington worksheets as soon as they arrive at Mount Vernon and ask students to write or draw anything they find about the impact of George Washington on our lives, George Washington’s role in the Revolutionary War, and the impact of the war on Washington’s life. Students can also take pictures instead but then they will need to print out the pictures after the field trip and bring them with them to class.
3. Allow students to watch the movie in The Ford Orientation Center.
4. Allow students to go on a tour of the mansion and estate.
5. Have students to explore the The Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center.
6. Hold a debrief after the field trip is over.
7. Ask students to share what they learned and go over the specifics about George Washington. Next students will annotate and decorate their George Washington worksheets.
The debrief and the George Washington worksheets are the assessments for this lesson. Students will need to have filled in all of the George Washington worksheets using either pictures, drawings, or text. If pictures or drawings were used annotations need to accompany them. During and following the debrief, the teacher should write down the names of students who participated in the debrief and met the lessons’ objectives.
The movie meets the needs of visual and auditory learners. The hands-on interactive displays help meet the needs of kinesthetic and tactile learners. To meet the needs of interpersonal and intrapersonal students, students are allowed to choose whether they want to work together or alone to find information to write/draw/take a picture of.