Well there is always the basic flash card method for starters. You'd pick some basic facts about generals and put a fact on one side and the generals name on the other and then hold up the fact and have the kids try to guess the name. So examples of such cards might be
Side 1: His horses included Lucy Long and Traveller Side 2: Robert E Lee
Side 1: He was known as Beast and Spoons Side 2: Benjamin Butler
Side 1: General Barnard Bee tried rallying his own men behind this man's troops by saying he stood like a stone wall Side 2: Stonewall Jackson
Side 1: He was known as Stonewall Side 2: Thomas J. Jackson
Side 1: He once boasted "My plans are perfect. May God have mercy on General Lee for I will have none." Side 2: Joseph Hooker
Side 1: Legend has it one name for prostitutes comes from the prostitutes who hung around this general's headquarters being called his ladies Side 2: Joseph Hooker
OR you have a name and picture on one side and which side they fought for on the other side.
Another method would be to play Jeopardy and have the kids come up with the questions and answers. Give them categories to come up with questions and answers in. Catagories might include
Battle of Shiloh (Pittsburg Landing)
Seven Days Battle
West Point Graduates
They Served in the Mexican-American War
Foreign Born Generals
Have the kids have to come up with a question and answer for each dollar amount for each category. Or instead of telling them what the categories will be tell them what possible categories will be and have them come up with five questions and answers for thirteen categories (six categories for the Jeopardy round, six for the Double Jeopardy round, and one for Final Jeopardy). Then when the time comes to play depending on the number of kids have them play as individuals or as teams. You take the all the questions for each dollar amount for each category, shuffle them, then put one in that dollar amount then play the game like you would play Jeopardy, throwing out the Daily Doubles. Give the kids something to play for, maybe the kid that wins the whole game gets a deck of civil war themed playing cards or the winning team gets a pizza party. (we actually did this my senior year of high school with WWII)
Last edited on Fri Jul 12th, 2013 05:42 pm by Hellcat
I use a version of jeopardy or matching cards.. My students respond to anytype of hands on activity.. I have staged talk shows where students, after doing research on a particular general, will ask questions to the general who is "visiting" the class..
Just thought of another option. Trivial Pursuit. It's a lot like the Jeopardy idea, categories and questions and answers in each category. Some differences, obviously, but the basic idea holds true. You could have the kids each come up with ten cards with a question and answer for each category on each card. Categories might be
Battle Winners and Losers Each question would be about the winner or looser of that battle as well as their corps commanders.
Quotations Quotations by a specific general or about a specific general general.
They Fought in Grey Each question is about a Confederate general.
The Fought in Blue Each question is about a Federal general.
Corps Commanders Questions about generals who commanded the various corps during the war.
Politician Generals Questions about generals who had either been politicians before the war or who had become generals thanks to their political ties and maybe should never have been given their rank.
Categories are up to you, of course.
So if you have each kid do ten cards that's 60 questions they've got to do. A class of maybe eighteen kids should come up with 180 cards this way. You could then have them play in teams of 3 with the teacher asking the questions.