Instead of learning about all of the Civil War battles in the average class setting, we excitingly moved out of the classroom and into the hallways for a scavenger hunt. Each stop along the hunt was a QR code, giving information about a certain battle (it’s name, what theater it was fought in, who won, and a few other important details). The first step in creating this hunt was to find the information on each battle. Since there were 23 battles we were focusing on, the class was split into 23 and given a certain battle. Then for homework, we researched our battle and created a QR code that led to our Google document on the battle. In class the day before, we coordinated with the people before and after us and told them the clue to get to the next battle. For example, I had the battle of Chancellorsville (Battle #11), so I told Paul, who had Battle #10 that I was putting it on water fountain outside Guidance. The clues are put at the bottom of the document, so people knew where to go next.
Here is the link to the document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1haIH9w4Fb0ZrDgIclLNxp__3Ugi28rQFh-wxR53qc5c/edit?usp=sharing
It was very easy to make a QR code. All I needed to do was copy and paste the link to the Googledoc, and it downloads it right to your computer (as you can see it the bottom left of the picture). Here is a picture of the website, qrstuff.com:
On the day of our scavenger hunt, we hung our QR codes in the place we told the battle before us it would go (if we put it in a different place, the whole hunt would be messed up). Two people were absent on the day of our scavenger hunt, but their battles were right next to each other. To solve this problem we simply wrote the clue to the one after theirs on the one before theirs. The actual scavenger hunt went very well. The wifi was a little spotty, but I got all of the codes scanned. Once they scanned in, I screenshotted the information so I could email it to myself later.
The day after we did the scavenger hunt, we got to use a new website called Padlet. On this site, everyone in the class could write out responses to a core question. We did two separate Padlets, answering the two different essential questions. Here are the links to each of the two:
These Padlets were a great way to compile everyone’s idea on the essential question. The question asked who the ultimate victors were on each of the three theaters: East, West, and Naval. The Confederacy was the ultimate victor in the Eastern battles, which were mainly fought in the beginning of the war. The battle of Chancellorsville was won by the Confederacy and Robert E. Lee in the East because of their superior military leadership. Although the Union had more soldiers, Lee won by aggressively split up his already smaller army to attack from both sides. The Confederacy may have been the ultimate victor of the East, but the Union overall won both the West and the Naval theaters. In the West, Ulysses Grant led his armies to great victories, mainly because they outnumbered the Confederacy. In the battle of Shiloh, they got a reinforcement of 22,500 men. This allowed them to have a strong force against the Confederacy deep into the battle. The only battle the Union lost in the West was the Battle of Chickamauga. Just like the East, the Union was the ultimate victor of the Naval Theatre. They won because they had more advanced boating technology. The battle of Hampton Roads was a great showcase for the Union’s steamers, which had a fully traversable turret. The second essential question asked about commonalities that aided the results of some of these battles. This is answered in my response to the first essential question. The North mainly had more people (like in the battle of Shiloh), which allowed them to win battles. They also had the excellent leadership of General Ulysses S. Grant, who led them to many victories. The South won the battles they did because of excellent leadership as well, but through the mind of Robert E. Lee. Here are pictures of what the Padlets look like: