Montana PBS

CM Russell: Painting the Past

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This lesson has students superimposing events from their local past on their contemporary landscape.

Indian Relay full documentary and complete teacher guide

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This resource contains both the full docuentary of Indian Relay and the complete teacher guide.

CM Russell: Artist of the West

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This lesson asks students to research artists from their area who may not have national attention and analyze what may make these types of regional artists special.

Class C The Fort Shaw Women's Basketball team

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Class C is a story about a championship season of girls basketball in rural Montana, but it also contains the story of the first national championship women's basketball team from 1904, a team made up of young American Indian women who ruled the basketball world.

The Violin Alone | Music and History

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This lesson show students the prevelence of historical influence in music as well as the relevancy of historical stories to today's America. In this lesson, students compare four compositions and look at the techniques and tactics used by composers that reflect the corresponding era in history. 

Indian Relay Heroes

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This writing activity examines how heroes permeate the film Indian Relay. It also examines students' interpretations of heroes and role models.

MREDI | Farm Simulation

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In this lesson, students will role-play as a Montana farmer and make decisions about crops based on a number of variables. Students will decide which of four major Montana crops (chickpeas, lentils, potatoes, or wheat) to plant at a chosen location. After determining their crops and farming practices, students will assess how their chosen crops fared in the face of these positive and negative events. 

Fort Peck Dam: Roosevelt in Montana

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As part of the Public Works Administration, the Fort Peck Dam was an unequaled vision of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s prosperous vision for the future. He was well liked by the workers and families who populated the work site and described as “a regular savior out here.” Roosevelt brought hope and employment to Montana and America during an era of mass unemployment and despair.

Montana's Declaration of Rights | The Montana Constitutional Convention

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Montana’s Constitution is generally held to be unique because specific rights were included, within the body of the document, which relate to individuals. In some ways, these were a result of what was included in the US Bill of Rights and the resulting amendments.

Fort Peck Dam: Behind the Scenes

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Work on the Fort Peck Dam went on twenty-four hours a day and feeding the workers was a challenge. 12,000 sandwiches were made in the commissary every day. The amount of beef and pork in the the meat lockers looked like a slaughterhouse; that was just the storehouse to feed the workers. Everything was made from scratch, so raw products like sugar and flour were in high demand. Goods came in from all over Montana; no single company could provide the scale necessary to feed the entire workforce.

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