In this map activity, students will explore the areas of the map that indicate support activities for World War II. Students will answer questions using the map as a reference.
This lesson is part of "Great States: Minnesota | Unit 10: World War II and Minnesota," an investigation of how Minnesotans, both serving in the military and on the home front, supported their country during WWII.
18.104.22.168.4: Identify contributions of Minnesota and its people to World War II; describe the impact of the war on the home front and Minnesota society after the war.
- Class set of Fort Snelling Questions handout
- Image: Fort Snelling Map, Minnesota Star Journal, March 9, 1941 [Source: Minnesota Historical Society - Historic Fort Snelling - World War II.]
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show images to the class (optional)
Give students several minutes to inspect the map, and ask them to find vocabulary words with which they are unfamiliar. As a class, go over the definitions of any unknown words:
Barracks: lodging for soldiers
Cantonment: temporary lodging quarters (for high influx of soldiers)
Quartermaster (Yard): officers who provide food, clothing, and other supplies to troops
Spur (Railroad): railroad tracks that branch off from main line, delivered goods to the fort
Artillery Drill (field): where soldiers practice firing artillery or weapons
Wold–Chamberlain (Field): named after World War I pilots Ernest Wold and Cyrus Chamberlain
Mendota (Bridge): the bridge that connected Fort Snelling to the Mendota district; “Mendota” originated from Dakota word meaning “meeting of the waters”
Have students answer the questions on the handout, either individually or in groups, for ten minutes.
Afterward, discuss the answers to the questions about Fort Snelling to help shed light on the daily life contributions of the Minnesota people during World War II.
Golf, theater, polo
Rifle range, artillery, field training
Hospital, chapel, supply depot
Mental health, take their mind off the war
To be prepared for the war
Answers may vary