Elementary Social Studies

KidVision | Pioneer Days

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Miss Penny and the KidVision Kids visit The Old Davie School History Museum. They learn how pioneer children lived, worked, and played! They sweep, pump water, wash clothes, make butter, write with an ink dip pen and played musical chairs. See how things a hundred years ago were different and the same. 

Fall Line | Physical Features of Georgia

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Learn about Georgia’s Fall Line, a natural barrier that separates the Piedmont and Coastal Plain regions. 

Know Ohio | Cool Digs

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Learn about the work of archeologists as they uncover an approximately 4000 year old homestead near Sheffield, Ohio. Then, travel south to Chillicothe to overview the prehistoric Adena Indian Mounds, and the Adena Smoking pipe which was named the official Ohio artifact in 2013.

Jazz: Contemporary Music Performance

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Listen to a contemporary performance of "Stand By Me" by Marcus Johnson and the Bay City Brass Band. This presentation was filmed at the Alabama Department of Archives and History as part of the ArchiTreats lecture series.

The Bozeman Trail | Native American History

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Learn about the Native American tribes that lived on the land through which the Bozeman Trail passed and the impact the Trail and Westward Expansion had on their way of life. 

Creating Meaningful Watershed Experiences

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This unit (found in the Facilitator Guide under the Support Materials tab) is intended to provide students with a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) centered on the Great Lakes Watershed. By the end of the unit, students will implement a stewardship project within their community and will have a better understanding of their role in the Great Lakes Ecosystem.

These units guide students through the four stages of a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience. The sequence of a MWEE, outlined by the NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program, is:

1. Issue definition and background research

2. Outdoor field activities

3. Stewardship action projects

4. Synthesis and conclusions

This unit has an emphasis on the four major focus areas of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan:

1. Cleaning up Great Lakes Areas of Concern

2. Preventing and controlling invasive species

3. Reducing nutrient runoff that contributes to harmful/nuisance algal blooms

4. Restoring habitat to protect native species

Cahokia’s Celestial Alignment | Native America: Cities of the Sky

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Cahokia was a Native American city that existed from about 1050-1350. The Mississippi mound civilization shared the same cosmological beliefs as the great ancient cities of Central and South America, and at its peak covered about six square miles and included over one hundred mounds. Those living in Cahokia held a fundamental understanding of the cosmos and aligning to it. But Cahokia’s city grid was 5 degrees precisely off the north-south axis, and did not align with the sun or moon’s movements. Why is this? Archaeologist Tim Pauketat explains the reason, revealing impressive rigor in city-planning.

Governments Formed around Farming Principles | Native America: Nature to Nations

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Learn how Native Americans domesticated plants and formed a democratic society based on farming principles. Students will explore how ancient Native Americans domesticated wild plants to produce hundreds of plants we use today.

Eduardo's Story: Street Life Intervention | The Graduates Film Module

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This film module spotlights Eduardo's story, and how he is breaking the cycle of gang involvement through mentoring.

KidVision | Chinese New Year

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Miss Penny and the KidVision Kids visit a Kung Fu school to learn about the Chinese New Year. They find out about the Chinese New Year calendar, learn some Kung Fu moves, put on lion dance costumes, and see a celebratory lion dance performance. Gong Hei Fat Choy!

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