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        Minnesota | Activity 10.3: Fort Snelling’s Role in World War II

        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. 

        Lesson Summary

        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. 

        Time Allotment

        20 minutes

        Learning Objectives

        Standards: 

        6.4.4.21.4: 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. 

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        Directions

        1. Project the image of the Fort Snelling map, and distribute the Fort Snelling Questions handout.

        1. 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
          WoldChamberlain (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”

        1. Have students answer the questions on the handout, either individually or in groups, for ten minutes.

        1. 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.

        Answer Key

        1. Golf, theater, polo

        2. Rifle range, artillery, field training

        3. Hospital, chapel, supply depot

        4. Mental health, take their mind off the war

        5. To be prepared for the war

        6. Answers may vary

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