Elementary Social Studies

River Rewilding: History and Economy of the Grand River

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This four-minute video describes the role the Grand River has played in the economy and culture of the people who settled along its banks. A description of the Grand River Revitalization Project is also provided.

Enduring Symbol of Global Community | Ken Burns: The Statue of Liberty

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Poet and human rights activist Carolyn Forché talks about how the Statue of Liberty is an enduring symbol. It was an early symbol of the United States' intention to be a global community.

The Sawyer Show | Take the Stage

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Learn about the achievements of George Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Dolores Huerta by acting them out! 

Sawyer, a student in history class, imagines himself hosting a talk show with guests George Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Dolores Huerta.  When Sawyer interviews these historical figures about their achievements, the viewers act out phrases that represent each of their legacies.

Learning Objective: 
Identify contributions of the historical figures George Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Dolores Huerta.

View the Spanish version of The Sawyer Show by clicking here.

Freedom 7 Elementary Honors Its History! | Your Space Place

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Freedom 7 Elementary has a long history in celebrating space with Alan Shepard and honoring local heroes. See how else they are involved with space exploration.

Know Ohio | Blind History

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Ohio has been a leader in educating the blind since 1837 when it established the first public school for the blind. Today, it is called The Ohio State School for the Blind, and there are other specialized schools around the state preparing the visually impaired for productive lives.

Jazz: Following the Band - Audience Participation

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Parading, led by a brass band, has expanded and is now part of a variety of events. This video includes a traditional exhibition of marching with audience participation. This presentation was filmed at the Alabama Department of Archives and History as part of the ArchiTreats lecture series.

Pre-1500 Era | Lesson 1: A Sense of Geologic Time

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Scientists divide geologic time into eras, measured in millions of years. Within each named era are periods, and within each period are epochs. Each vast unit of time is defined by the appearance and disappearance of various life forms and climactic conditions on Earth's ever-changing face. Geologists, paleontologists, archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians read the book of time in Nebraska's land. Their shared insights and interpretations can paint a detailed picture of life ten thousand years.

Learn more at NebraskaStudies.org.

Taking Away from Our Culture (Video)

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What is cultural appropriation? Onondaga storyteller Perry Ground addresses the subject head-on with students at Gowana Middle School in Clifton Park, New York, and discusses how cultural appropriation affects contemporary Haudenosaunee life and identity.

The Comanche and the Horse | Native America

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The image of American Indians on horseback is iconic, but indigenous populations didn’t actually encounter horses until the 15th century, when Europeans ironically brought them to America as weapons of conquest. The Comanche adopted the horse as an important ally to help protect their way of life. Comanche used the horse to hunt and for strength in battle, and on horseback Comanche were able to remain mobile enough to avoid the impact of European diseases. But in 1875 the U.S. began targeting these horses, which were by then integral to Comanche identity.

Despite the European conquest the Comanche are still here, with 15,000 members, and the spirit of the horse remains sacred.

Minnesota Indigenous Food Lab

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Members of the Sioux Chef group and youth from the Dream of Wild Health organization host an Indigenous Food Lab to share information about the importance of healthy traditional food revitalization. The event took place on August 31, 2018 at the Minnesota State Fair.

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