Elementary Social Studies

Weird Wonderful West Virginia | Alternative Agriculture: Hydroponics

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Explore the alternative methods being used to enhance agricultural production. The focus is on the early research at West Virginia State University into the benefits of the vertical hydroponic system and the use of high tunnels to promote year round production. Terms discussed include soilless culture, yield, germination, diversification, genetic work, and species. An emphasis is placed on reasons that alternative methods of production are important.

The Bozeman Trail | Who Was Henry Beebe Carrington?

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This is a short biography on Colonel Henry Beebe Carrington. It gives an overview of his involvement in the Bozeman Trail, including the forts he constructed/occupied and the war he fought against the Native Americans. 

A Bird's Eye View | Reimagining a Buffalo Landmark

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Enjoy drone footage of the extensive Richardson Olmsted Campus in Buffalo, New York. The campus was developed by H.H. Richardson, Thomas Story Kirkbride, and Frederick Law Olmsted. Construction began in 1872, as the Buffalo State Asylum, and took decades to complete.

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.

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