Elementary Social Studies

Frank King - Kissimmee | Central Florida Roadtrip

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Many of us who enjoy reading the Sunday comics are very familiar with “Gasoline Alley.” First published in 1918, it is the 2nd longest-running comic strip in the U.S. “Gasoline Alley” was the creation of Frank King, who for some 20 years called Kissimmee home.

What Does a Governor Do? | Things Explained

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In this episode of Things Explained, we discuss the role and responsibilities of Georgia's governor and how the position compares to that of the U.S. president. We also highlight some political dynamics of the state and some of Georgia's most famous governors.

City of Gold: The Story of South Pass City | Mining Techniques and Hazards

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Learn about the techniques gold miners used to collect gold ore from the area around South Pass City, as well as the hazards they faced during the mining process. 

In the accompany lesson plan (found in the Support Materials), students will watch a video that explains the mining process and hazards, and then create caution signs to show their understanding of the challenges the miners faced. Finally, the students will take part in a collaborative STEM challenge to build a working hoist using a limited amount of supplies. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

  • Students will develop grade level appropriate speaking and listening skills, as described by the standards. 
  • Students will understand how technology impacted the mining process of early gold miners, as well as the hazards the miners faced. 
  • Students will define a design problem and use limited resources to solve it. 

Anna Jarvis and the History of Mother's Day

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Learn the story of the origin of Mother's Day and the woman credited with founding it in this video from West Virginia Public Broadcasting.  

Native Voices | Social Issues

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The Narragansett have lived on the same land since time immemorial. Today, they continue to face the ongoing social issues that are a result of historical trauma.

Native America | Episode 1: From Caves to Cosmos

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Native America: From Caves to Cosmos traces ancient knowledge and cutting-edge science to answer a 15,000 year-old-question — Who were America’s First People? The answer hides in Amazonian cave paintings, Mexican burial chambers, and on the waves off California’s coast. New evidence indicates that the very First Americans spent millennia developing their unique culture and beliefs as a single community, before spreading rapidly across North and South America. Together, they set Native America in motion, continents apart and untouched by influence from Europe, Asia and Africa.

A Gift of Corn to the Choctaw | Native America

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Choctaw traditions link their mounds with their ancestors, corn, and the sky. The story defining these connections describes a moment long ago during which two hunters came upon a mysterious woman standing on a mound. She was hungry, so they offered her a hawk, and she promised to repay the kindness as she disappeared into the sky. When the hunters returned to the mound later, corn had grown in her place. And so the Choctaw regard this unknown woman as the reason they have corn. 

What is Liberty? | Ken Burns: The Statue of Liberty

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David McCullough, James Baldwin, Jerzy Kosiński, Carolyn Forché, Barbara Jordan, and Milos Forman discuss liberty. The statue is a symbol of who has gone before us to achieve liberty. Liberty is the absence of constraints and barriers. It is freedom to be one's self.

Activity Starter | Native American Boarding Schools

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Learn about Native American boarding schools and complete an interesting activity. This video is part of Activity Starters, which is an animated video series. In each episode an animated character introduces a concept and an activity. 

Visit the Activity Starters website to learn more!

City of Gold: The Story of South Pass City | Wyoming Gold Rush

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Learn about the Wyoming gold rush that occurred in South Pass City, and explore the varied perspectives of the people who experienced the gold rush in the 1840’s-1860’s.

In the accompanying lesson plan (found in the Support Materials), students will watch a video that introduces the gold rush and the people who were impacted by it, and then hold a discussion to understand the multiple perspectives. Then, the students take part in a creative writing activity in which they create a piece of text from one of the perspectives.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

  • Students will develop grade level appropriate speaking and listening skills, as described by the standards.
  • Students will learn how to write a fictional narrative based on nonfiction resources, following a set of parameters.
  • Students will understand the motivations and perspectives of various people during the Wyoming gold rush.

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