Clara Barton Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Do your students know who Clara Barton was and why she is important to American history? This lesson plan uses an informative text lesson to fill students in on the life and work of Clara Barton and an activity gives them a take-away.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the responsibilities of the American Red Cross
  • outline key life events of Clara Barton
  • discuss the historical significance of Clara Barton's contributions


  • 1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards


Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.


Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.


  • An image of the logo for the American Red Cross
  • Images of Clara Barton
  • Paper copies of the text lesson Clara Barton Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
  • A worksheet created using the quiz associated with the text lesson
  • Cardboard cut into 2-inch circles
  • White construction paper
  • Red construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Safety pins
  • Red satin ribbon
  • Fine tipped black markers

Key Vocabulary

  • Clara Barton
  • American Civil War
  • Geneva Convention
  • American Red Cross

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