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What an Awesome (Cape) View! | Your Space Place

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How well can you see rocket launches from your home? Cape View Elementary has a great view since they're so close to Cape Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center! See how else they are involved with space exploration.

Rhode Island State Parks | Colt State Park

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Colt State Park is located in Bristol, Rhode Island. The public was granted access to this land by its owner long before the state acquired the park in 1965. Each state park has its own unique history and identity. Use this video and related support materials to help Kindergarten-Grade 2 students connect the past to the present and consider their own experiences with state parks.

Know Ohio | Rocks and Their History in Our State

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Many types of rocks are found in Ohio--sedimentary, flint (Ohio's state gem), shale, sandstone, coal, and limestone. Learn about their formation, place in Ohio's history, and other cool facts including fossils and landforms.

Jazz: Musical Improvisation

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Listen to a performance of "When the Saints Go Marching In," featuring musician improvisation. This presentation was filmed at the Alabama Department of Archives and History as part of the ArchiTreats lecture series.

The Bozeman Trail | How Did the Bozeman Trail Impact Montana History?

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Learn about the lasting impacts of the Bozeman Trail using clips from the film The Bozeman Trail. Use the accompanying prediction guide to have students keep track of their learning as they view the video multiple times. 

Iroquois or Haudenosaunee? (Video)

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There are two names used to refer to many Native Americans from Upstate New York. One is the traditional name in their Native language. The other is a term coined by French settlers in the 1600s, as they interacted with Native American tribes in the Northeast. Onondaga storyteller Perry Ground explains the difference, and why the distinction is important.   

Inside Appalachia | A WV Broom Maker Legacy

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Learn how a West Virginia broom maker is using traditional methods to make brooms and how he hopes to pass his skills and legacy to a new generation. Engage students in a critical thinking follow-up activity in which they categorize information relating to the program content.

Early Democratic Principles | Native America: Nature to Nations

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Learn about the formation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, a democracy established several decades before the Declaration of Independence. Students will learn about the importance of the Hiawatha wampum belt to the Haudenosaunee people and discover how 18th century Haudenosaunee leaders influenced the formation of the United States democracy.

Dream Land | Little Rock's West 9th Street

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Little Rock, Arkansas's West 9th Street was once a vibrant, African-American business and entertainment district. Taborian Hall is the only remaining historic structure on West 9th Street and stands as a living witness of the street's former glory days. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Taborian Hall housed varied and important black businesses, including professional offices, a USO, the Gem Pharmacy and the Dreamland Ballroom. By the 1930s, Dreamland was firmly established as a stop on the "Chitlin Circuit," which showcased regional and national African-American bands and stage shows. It was also host to local musicians, dances, socials, concerts and sporting events. 

This documentary seeks to recognize, memorialize and share this history. The spirit and hard work of the people and the implications of federal programs such as Urban Renewal, school desegregation, the Housing Act of 1949 and the Eisenhower Interstate Program are explored. West 9th Street and the Dreamland Ballroom have patiently waited for their story to unfold so new audiences can connect to their historical past and unknown future. 

Major funding for the film was provided by the Arkansas Humanities Council and The Moving Image Trust Fund. 

In 2018, "Dreamland: Little Rock's West 9th Street" received a Bronze Documentary Telly Award.

For further information on Dream Land: Little Rock's West 9th Street, please visit AETN's Dream Land Webpage

Atlantis Elementary Dares to Dream! | Your Space Place

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Atlantis Elementary strives to show their students the importance of the space program by involving them in STEM programs, like their Invention Convention. See how else they are involved with learning these skills.

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