Elementary Social Studies

Art & Music | Northwest Profiles

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This collection of video and curriculum resources from KSPS's Northwest Profiles series focuses on a variety of art and music events as well as on professional artists in the Pacific Northwest.

Remembering Spokane

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Remembering Spokane, a documentary produced by KSPS Public Television, explores the social history of the Spokane community as told by the people who lived it.

Community members use their old home movies and photo albums to depict the heart of the Inland Northwest, reminiscing about important cultural landmoarks such as Nat Park, Manito Park, The Crescent Hotel, and the Davenport Hotel.

Native Voices | Wampum

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Wampum jewelry sculptor and artist Allen Hazard, of The Purple Shell in Charlestown, Rhode Island describes the importance of the beautiful quahog shell in the tradition and culture of the Narragansett people.

Native America | Episode 3: Cities of the Sky

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Native America: Cities of the Sky explores the creation of some of the ancient world’s largest and most impressive cities. An archaeologist explores some of the world’s largest pyramids in Central America, scientists 3D-scan a lost city of monumental mounds on the Mississippi River, and native elders reveal ancient powers of the sky in modern-day Missouri. Modern research suggests these ancient urban centers are more than just great feats of engineering and artistry. They are heavenly cities—aligned to and inspired by the movement of the sun, moon, and stars.

Fargo Indigenous Peoples' Day

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An overview of Indigenous Peoples Day at the Agassiz School in Fargo, ND on October 8, 2018, and meaningful conversation about the need for the day to be recognized.

The Vikings! | Crash Course World History

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Join host John Green to learn about Vikings, one of our most requested subjects on Crash Course. Many of the preconceived notions you have about Vikings may not be true. They weren't simply pagan raiders striking terror into the hearts of defenseless European Christendom. They were some of the greatest travelers of their time, and they weren't always traveling to steal. In many cases, they were traveling to trade. John will teach you about Viking trade goods and Norse Mythology - and some blood, guts, and dragons for good measure.

Activity Starter | Past, Present, and Future

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Learn about the difference between past, present, and future in this video. Then try the hands-on activity in the classroom or at home.

Visit the Activity Starters website to learn more!

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. 

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