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The Orange Team Civil War Project was a two-week interdisciplinary team project
that incorporated Social Studies, English, Science, Math, and Choral Music to research
Civil War battles. All the students of the Orange Team were divided into groups of
3 (or 4) who were randomly selected. Each group then randomly selected a Civil War
battle to research. Once each group had selected their battle, they each had to choose
- Historian: Researched and gave descriptions of battle, its importance
to the War, and key figures from both sides. They also identified 4 important world
events during the time of their battle.
- Scientist: Researched the following information: either a weapon or medical
treatment (each group randomly picked a different one to research), environmental
conditions, and location, terrain, and topography of their battlefield.
- Statistician: Researched and presented statistical information on casualties,
ammunition, and food rations from both sides and organized the data on a spreadsheet
and on a double-bar graph. They also needed to compare casualties and total cost
of the Civil War to other wars and organized data on a spreadsheet and on a single-bar
graph. In addition, they had to make a scale-drawing of their battlefield.
Along with researching for their particular job, each student wrote a 5-day journal
that was written from the point of view of their job during the time of their battle.
Each group also composed the words to a song that summarized their battle to the
tune of a patriotic American song (up to the Civil War).
Finally, as the culminating event, the Orange Team re-enacted one of the Civil
War battles at Ho'omaluhia State Park. The first half of the day was dedicated to
rotations through various stations (Coffee, Horseshoes, Marching, Ammunition - water
balloons, Croquet, and Coosh). This helped to give the students a feeling of being
soldiers during the Civil War. After lunch, the battle began, using water balloons
to re-enact Pickett's Charge from the Battle of Gettysburg.
The following 35 Civil War battles were carefully selected by the faculty, making
sure enough information was available for each student.