Civil War Battle Cubes
Created By: Marilyn Cimino, Dr.Howard Elementary School (Champaign, IL)
Grade Level: 4th
Content Area: Social Studies
Lesson Plan Objective
- Students will synthesize
information about one of the important Civil War battles by creating
a battle cube.
*NOTE: This activity will most likely take two days so plan accordingly.*
- Construction paper
- White paper
- Cube pattern
- List of Battles
- Research books
- Cube pattern
- Battle cube rubric
- Explain to students that
they will be picking one of the major battles of the Civil War, researching
it, and creating a battle cube.
- There are six sides to a
cube, therefore on each side students must answer one of the following
questions or do one of the following things.
- a. Top of Cube:
Name the Battle and Illustrate
- b. Side 1: Where
did the battle take place?
- c. Side 2: Who
were the major players of the battle?
- d. Side 3: What
was the outcome of the battle
- e. Side 4: An
interesting fact about the battle.
- f. Bottom of
Cube: Student Name and Date
- Allow the students
a whole class period to gather information about the battle. If they
have gathered all of the information, they may start on the cube.
- On day two, allow the students
to assemble the cubes. It will be easier for the students to write their
information on the cube before they cut it out and assemble it. If the
student has chosen a dark colored construction paper, make sure they
write their information on white paper that will be pasted to each side.
- When cubes are done, they
will be displayed around the room.
Students will be assessed on
the battle cube project according to the rubric.