Ch 8: The Civil War for Elementary School

About This Chapter

Get your elementary school student excited about the Civil War by reviewing fun lessons for kids that are accessible 24/7 from any computer or mobile device. Enhance preparations for a test, assignment or discussion by testing your student's knowledge with mini quizzes and a chapter exam.

The Civil War for Elementary School - Chapter Summary

This chapter is designed to help your elementary school student understand the important events and people associated with the Civil War. Lessons can be accessed in any sequence and as often as needed to strengthen your student's comprehension of the Battle of Fredericksburg, Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln and more. Each lesson is short, fun to review and accompanied by a self-assessment quiz you can use to gauge comprehension of concepts covered. A chapter exam is also available to ensure your student has a complete understanding of the Civil War.

Who It's For

Kids who need extra help with the Civil War will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There's no faster or easier way to learn about the Civil War.

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding various events and people associated with the Civil War
  • Students who have learning disabilities or need a little extra help learning about the Civil War
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning U.S. history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient and convenient way to learn about the Civil War
  • Students who struggle to understand their U.S. history teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra U.S. history resources

How It Works

  • Find lessons in the chapter that cover Civil War topics your student needs to learn or review.
  • Press play to watch the video lesson with your student or read through the text lesson.
  • Review the lesson or video transcripts, emphasizing the highlighted vocab words to reinforce learning about the Civil War.
  • Test your student's understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify your student understands the Civil War by completing the The Civil War for Elementary School chapter exam.

31 Lessons in Chapter 8: The Civil War for Elementary School
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Battle of Fredericksburg Summary: Lesson for Kids

1. Battle of Fredericksburg Summary: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we will learn about the Battle of Fredericksburg, which was a costly defeat for the Union army during the American Civil War, and examine why the 'early bird gets the worm.'

Battle of Fredericksburg Significance: Lesson for Kids

2. Battle of Fredericksburg Significance: Lesson for Kids

A large loss for the North and a great victory for the South, the Battle of Fredericksburg was a pivotal struggle in the early years of the Civil War. Learn about this battle and its outcomes in bolstering the South's confidence.

Battle of Fredericksburg Lesson for Kids: Strategies & Victor

3. Battle of Fredericksburg Lesson for Kids: Strategies & Victor

In this lesson, you will learn about the important strategies and outcome of a deadly Civil War fight: the Battle of Fredericksburg. The Union and Confederate armies clashed in Virginia as the North tried to capture the Southern capital.

Appomattox Court House Lesson for Kids: Facts, Battle & Surrender

4. Appomattox Court House Lesson for Kids: Facts, Battle & Surrender

In this lesson, we will learn about the amazing historical coincidence that occurred when the Confederacy surrendered to the Union at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, in April 1865.

Why Was the Civil War Fought? - Lesson for Kids

5. Why Was the Civil War Fought? - Lesson for Kids

If you haven't learned about the Civil War in school already, you definitely will in the future. It is as important to understand why it happened. Come and learn about the causes in this lesson.

Union States during the Civil War Lesson for Kids

6. Union States during the Civil War Lesson for Kids

During the American Civil War, the country was divided into the Union and the Confederacy. Each side had their own unique characteristics. In this lesson, you will learn about the Union states.

Emancipation Proclamation Lesson for Kids

7. Emancipation Proclamation Lesson for Kids

The Emancipation Proclamation is one of the most important orders ever given by an American president. Find out what it is and why it made such a difference in the history of the United States.

Lincoln During the Civil War: Facts, Quotes & Timeline

8. Lincoln During the Civil War: Facts, Quotes & Timeline

Abraham Lincoln did not know much about war when he became president of the United States in 1860, but the Civil War began a month after he took office. Find out how President Lincoln reacted and what he did and said to become one of the greatest leaders the country ever had.

Facts About The South During the Civil War: Lesson for Kids

9. Facts About The South During the Civil War: Lesson for Kids

This lesson is about the South during the American Civil War. We'll take a close look at important facts about the South, and see how a strong determination to keep the nation together as one led to a horrific war.

Union Army Lesson for Kids: Generals & Facts

10. Union Army Lesson for Kids: Generals & Facts

This lesson is about the Union Army and the generals that commanded it during the Civil War. We'll take a journey back in time to learn about the Union Army and the generals that led it through four years of war.

Confederate Soldier Facts: Lesson for Kids

11. Confederate Soldier Facts: Lesson for Kids

The sound of cannon fire fills the air, and the scent of gunpowder hangs in the breeze. The life of a Confederate soldier during the Civil War was filled with experiences like this, and many more. In this lesson, you will learn all about the lives of Confederate soldiers.

American Civil War Generals Lesson for Kids

12. American Civil War Generals Lesson for Kids

During the American Civil War, there were many great military leaders who commanded both Union and Confederate forces. In this lesson, you will learn about famous generals from both the North and South.

Abolition of Slavery in America Lesson for Kids: Facts, Movement & Important Events

13. Abolition of Slavery in America Lesson for Kids: Facts, Movement & Important Events

The struggle to end slavery in the United States was an incredible movement that forever changed our country. In this lesson, you will learn about how important figures and events abolished slavery and achieved equality in America.

Abraham Lincoln During the Civil War Lesson for Kids

14. Abraham Lincoln During the Civil War Lesson for Kids

How do you lead a country that is breaking apart? This was the challenge facing Abraham Lincoln when he first became president in 1861. Find out what made him such an extraordinary leader during the Civil War, a very difficult period in American history.

North & South Differences in the Civil War Lesson for Kids

15. North & South Differences in the Civil War Lesson for Kids

Before the Civil War in the United States, there were a lot of differences between the North and the South. These social, economic, and educational differences would not only worsen the war but also define its outcome. In this lesson, you will learn about these differences.

Children During the Civil War Lesson for Kids

16. Children During the Civil War Lesson for Kids

During times of war, both children and adults are affected by it. In the American Civil War, children were involved in the war both at home and on the battlefield. In this lesson, you will learn about children during the American Civil War.

Secession in the Civil War Lesson for Kids

17. Secession in the Civil War Lesson for Kids

Sometimes in the history of countries, there are people not happy with what is happening. Sometimes states try to leave the country. This is called secession. The idea of secession is what started the Civil War.

Civil War Uniforms Lesson for Kids

18. Civil War Uniforms Lesson for Kids

The American Civil War was fought by two sides with very different opinions on things, uniforms included. Let's explore how soldiers' uniforms helped shape the image of the Union and Confederate armies.

Civil War Poetry for Kids

19. Civil War Poetry for Kids

Poetry is often used to express the emotions and culture of certain times periods. In this lesson, you will learn about the characteristics of poetry during the American Civil War and examine specific examples.

Life of a Civil War Soldier Lesson for Kids

20. Life of a Civil War Soldier Lesson for Kids

Life as a Civil War soldier was not easy. Resources were slim, boredom was a common complaint and both the camps and battles were dangerous. Follow a young Civil War soldier as he describes what life is really like in the Army.

Civil War Technology & Inventions Lesson for Kids

21. Civil War Technology & Inventions Lesson for Kids

During wars, the groups fighting often develop or test new weapons, technology, or inventions to try and gain an advantage over their opponents. In this lesson, you will learn about Civil War technology and inventions.

Civil War Songs Lesson for Kids

22. Civil War Songs Lesson for Kids

Music is a part of every culture, country, or civilization. It can be used as entertainment or sometimes as a way to capture the current events of the time. In this lesson, you will learn about the songs popular during the American Civil War.

Abolitionist John Brown Lesson for Kids: History, Facts & Raids

23. Abolitionist John Brown Lesson for Kids: History, Facts & Raids

In this lesson, we'll talk about John Brown, an abolitionist in the 1800s. Find out about John Brown's background, what he did, and why his name often comes up when discussing the key events leading to the Civil War.

Civil War Lesson for Kids: Nurses & Medicine

24. Civil War Lesson for Kids: Nurses & Medicine

During the American Civil War, many soldiers from both the Union and Confederacy needed medical care. As a result, nurses, doctors, and medical supplies were needed to treat them. In this lesson, you will learn about Civil War nurses and medicine.

Second Battle of Bull Run Lesson for Kids: Summary & Facts

25. Second Battle of Bull Run Lesson for Kids: Summary & Facts

In this lesson, we'll learn about the Second Battle of Bull Run, a major battle in the American Civil War. Find out how the Confederate soldiers fought smart and won, even though there were fewer of them.

Spies in the Civil War Lesson for Kids

26. Spies in the Civil War Lesson for Kids

For thousands of years, people have found ways to spy on their opponents. The American Civil War was no different. In this lesson, you will learn about the Union and Confederate spies in the Civil War.

American Civil War Weapons Lesson for Kids

27. American Civil War Weapons Lesson for Kids

Unfortunately, throughout history there have been many wars. During wars, the groups who are fighting use various types of weapons to defeat their opponents. In this lesson, you'll learn about weapons used during the American Civil War.

The Anaconda Plan in the Civil War Lesson for Kids

28. The Anaconda Plan in the Civil War Lesson for Kids

When wars are fought, military leaders often have to devise plans to try and outsmart their opponents. During the American Civil War, one such plan was developed. In this lesson, you will learn about the Anaconda Plan.

Fort Sumter National Monument Lesson for Kids

29. Fort Sumter National Monument Lesson for Kids

Monuments can be used to help people remember a variety of events. There are many monuments in the United States dedicated to the American Civil War. In this lesson, you will learn about the Fort Sumter National Monument.

Buffalo Soldiers History: Lesson for Kids

30. Buffalo Soldiers History: Lesson for Kids

The Buffalo Soldiers were the first army regiments made up of only African-Americans to serve the United States after the Civil War. In this lesson, you will learn the history of the Buffalo Soldiers, where they worked, and their accomplishments.

Ulysses S. Grant & the Civil War: Lesson for Kids

31. Ulysses S. Grant & the Civil War: Lesson for Kids

Ulysses S. Grant was a key general for the Union Army in the Civil War. Grant's tactics and persistence eventually led to a Union victory over the South. In this lesson, you will learn about Grant and his leadership during the Civil War.

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