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Virtual Cliveden

Welcome to the Virtual Cliveden Page! Here you will find everything you need to teach about Cliveden and prepare for your Live Google Meet/ ZOOM Session. Below you will find the workbook page numbers to assign, the VR House Tour, mini video lessons, and additional resources that you can download the files/ copy the links and include them on your Google Classroom Page. 

Workbook 2017 Edition

Cliveden Pages 42-56

Workbook 2020 Edition

Cliveden Pages 42-54


Organizational Charts 

Students can use an organizational chart to help them take notes while reading the workbook section and watching the VR Tour. Students can refer to their notes during Live Session with the Educator or while completing their post-visit Reporter Assignments.

KWL Chart- Students will write what they already know and what they want to know about Colonial Pennsylvania before reading the workbook section. Then, they can write what they learned during or after reading the workbook.

Notes, Key Points & Summary Chart - Students can use this chart to take notes while reading the workbook or watching the VR Tour. After they take notes, they can pull out main points from their notes and summarize what they learned in a few sentences. (Standards 4th Grade: CC.1.2.4.A; CC1.4.4.W.   5th Grade: CC.1.2.5.A; CC.1.4.4.W.)

Remaining Questions- Encourage students to write 1 or 2 questions that they still have after reading the workbook and watching the VR tour. Teachers can email their students' remaining questions to the Program Director  after their Live Session, if the Educator does not have time to answer all questions.

Cliveden VR Tour

Make sure students watch the house tour prior to your scheduled live meeting with History Hunters Educators.

How to view: This video was recorded with a 360-degree camera. Click and drag the video around to look all over the room!

Assignment options: If time allows, you can assign the entire video (16:28). Here is a suggestion on how to assign the video in segments:

English Tour

Spanish Tour

Intro: 0:00- 4:25

First Floor: 4:25- 12:19

Second Floor: 12:19- 16:28

 Activities/ Lesson Plans

Cliveden Kitchen Dependency Activity- interactive photo and 360-image of Cliveden's Kitchen Dependency. How has cooking changed over the years? Students can explore the kitchen and learn about 18th century cooking through architectural archeology and additional videos. Question sheet is available on this page in Google Doc form.

Colonial Recipes- What were the colonists eating around the time that Cliveden was built? Check out this website for 18th century recipes you can make at home.


'How Revolutionary Are You?' Quiz- Students can take this fun quiz to find out who is their Revolutionary Match. Assignment idea: Have students research and write a paragraph about the historical figure that matches their personality. 

'Making a Patriot Inquiry'- Lesson Plan: Are Independence, Freedom, and Liberty the same thing? This inquiry examines the choices that individuals make, and the reasons behind those choices. Designed to encourage students to interact with primary and secondary sources to determine how and why historical people made the choice to either seek independence or to remain loyal to the King. The inquiry is adaptable for upper elementary, middle, or high school students. The inquiry includes essays, biographies, video, and primary sources to help create a fuller historical context.

National Geographic American Revolution- Select from these resources to teach your students about what sparked the Revolution, and the key events of the war.  

Cause and Effect Worksheet- Select from these resources to teach your students about what sparked the Revolution, and the key events of the war.  


The Storm (1765-1790) - Philadelphia: The Great Experiment- 29 minute video - Discontent among Philadelphians rises with every new British tax, and with it, tension between the wealthy and working classes. As the largest and most diverse city in the colonies, Philadelphia attracts the powerful and passionate, and quickly becomes the headquarters for the American Revolution. Once independence –and war—is declared, revolutionaries seek out Loyalists, who they see as dangerous, and traitorous. Now, the city is at war with itself. Who will fight? Learn the real stories of iconic Philadelphians like Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, Thomas Paine, and Charles Willson Peale, and how their actions defined the Philadelphia, and nation, that would emerge.   Teacher/Student materials connected to the video available here.

Slave Spy - The Story of James Lafayette- 24 minute video from the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Women of the American Revolution- 8 minute video from the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Demonstrations and Tutorials- Lots of videos showing hands-on demonstrations and tutorials from Historical Experts at Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Scoll all the way down to the bottom of the page for the 'Shut the Box' video about a game of math and skill and a pastime of the Continental Army soldiers during the American Revolution and a Cannon Maintenance video. 

In 1776 Story Time- In this video, a History Hunters Educator reads In 1776, written by Jean Marzollo. Illustrated by Steve Bjorkman. This book is a simple introduction to the American Revolution.

History Hunters Video Series: "What the Heck is This?"

Get an up-close look at some objects in Cliveden. Can you decide how they were used?

Cliveden #1 - Why is this Continental Soldier wearing a red coat? Learn what this soldier is up to in this first of two videos about Revolutionary War soldiers' uniforms.

Cliveden #2 - What did this piece of equipment hold? Find out in this final video about Revolutionary War soldiers' uniforms.

Cliveden #3 - Haversacks were bags made of linen or cotton that soldiers used to carry supplies. Let's open up the haversack and find out what this item is in the first of three haversack videos.

Cliveden #4 - Haversacks were bags made of linen or cotton that soldiers used to carry supplies. Find out what spoons were made of, and learn about soldiers' rations in the second of three haversack videos.

Cliveden #5 - Revolutionary War soldiers often carried blankets as part of their supplies, but what were these blankets made out of? How would they fold them properly? Find out in this video.

Reporter Assignments 

There are 7 different types of newspaper features listed below for your student reporters. You may choose to assign several students to each type of feature, or have students work in groups to complete the 7 assignments. Read over the assignments carefully with students before your virtual tour, so that they understand their own particular "fact-finding" mission. They will use the notes from their virtual visit to complete their newspaper writing assignment as a post-visit activity. These assignments are available in the workbook or below as Google Docs.

1. Travel writer's account 

2. News Story

3. Interview

4. Illustration

5. Editorial

6. Comics

7. Poem

Additional Assessments 

Cliveden Vocab Quiz- Google Doc, Answer Sheet, and Google Form

Interactive 13 Colonies Map Quiz- This quiz asks students to identify each of the 13 Colonies by clicking on the map.​

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