Lesson Plans

Camp Hearne Learning Resources

Camp Hearne offers educators the opportunity to teach outside the classroom in a controlled environment that reinforces our US and Texas histories during an extraordinary time. Topics need not be limited to history. Planting a victory garden has plenty of learning opportunities in nutrition and earth science. Navigating to the prisoner-built fountains opens the door to mapping and math. Discussing the Geneva Conventions is a chance to review governments and social studies. Examining a 1942 world map in the exhibit can lead to a geography lesson.

We have included only a few initial lesson plans for 5th, 7th, and 11th grade students. We plan to develop many more. We hope you not only consider these plans and visit our historic site, but let us help you design programs that best meet the needs of your students.

Each plan will provide pre-visit preparatory suggestions, a day-visit itinerary with student learning activities and a post assessment/evaluation. With your ideas and help, our partnership will help many teachers and students attain an exceptional visitor experience and learning opportunity.




Texas Historical Commission Learning Resources

The Texas Prisoner of War Camps Lesson Plan In this lesson correlated to 7th grade TEKS, learners analyze the establishment, operation, and economic impact of Texas WWII prisoner of war camps located at Camp Hereford, Camp Huntsville, and Camp Swift.

The Prisoners of War in Texas Lesson Plan In these four lessons correlated to high school U.S. History TEKS, learners analyze the role of the Geneva Convention in the establishment of Texas POW camps during WWII, the treatment of POW camp prisoners, and the economics of POW camps to understand the immediate and continuing legacy of these camps in both Texas and U.S. history.

Rationing on the Home Front  In 1942, the United States was in the middle of World War II. That year, the U.S. government implemented rationing programs that limited citizens’ personal food and supplies in order to provide adequate provisions and supplies for soldiers abroad. In this grade 7 activity from the Eisnehower Birthplace State Historic Site, learners experience the history of the rationing programs and the challenge of buying food and supplies with ration coupons and a limited budget.