Name of Corresponding Unit Plan: War of 1812
Grade Level: 4-8
Common Core Standards
Operations and Algebraic Thinking
• Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.
Measurement and Data
• Solve problems involving measurement
• Represent and interpret data.
Content Areas: Math, Social Studies
Recommended Length/Duration: 45-60 minutes
Learning Goals: Students will practice addition, multiplication and division calculation skills. Students will draw conclusions based on data in a table. Students will use a variety of reference sources to answer questions.
- This activity is best embedded in a larger unit that includes an introduction to 18th Century warships.
- Distribute the Throw Weight worksheet.
- Read the article about throw weight together as a group. Clarify any questions about terms or the concept of throw weight in 18th Century naval warfare.
- Have students work individually or in small groups to calculate and record the total throw weight of each vessel listed in the table.
- In pairs or small groups have students discuss and answer the questions on the worksheet.
- After students have had a chance to answer the questions, as a class share the pairings that students thought would be fair. Discuss why or why not if there is any disagreement.
- Give students time, or assign certain students the task of finding an account of the actual battles between the ships listed.
Assessments: Collect worksheets to determine accuracy and effort put into the activity.
Materials/Resources: Throw Weight Worksheet
Special Considerations: Teachers can decide whether or not to use calculators for this activity.
Extensions: Students may want to determine the throw weight of other historic vessels. Students may want to learn more about when and why throw weight became less important in naval warfare.