Elementary Social Studies

Columbia Elementary Will Never Forget | Your Space Place

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Columbia Elementary School's teachers encourage their students to remember the history of the Columbia shuttle disaster, but also teaches them to look to the future for space and STEM advancements.

Grandpa's Drum | MOLLY OF DENALI

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Explore Alaska Native history and culture using the 11-minute story “Grandpa’s Drum," the first of three video segments in this episode from the PBS KIDS series MOLLY OF DENALI. (Move the cursor over the video progress bar to locate the story at 01:00.) An old photograph sends Molly and friend Tooey on a mission to find out why Grandpa Nat no longer sings or plays his drum. As they uncover Grandpa’s past, using visual clues and the internet, they understand more about their own heritage and the importance of cultural identity. As students explore the importance of diverse cultures and honoring traditions, as well as Alaska Native lives then and now, they also learn about finding and using informational texts.

Find out more about MOLLY OF DENALI on the series website.

Know Ohio | Ohio's Insects

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This overview highlights and provides some detail about a few of the many insects found in Ohio: the cicada, praying mantis; and, Ohio's state insect — the lady bug!

Jazz: The Role of Brass Bands

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Listen to a discussion about cultural performances and festivals, and hear Marcus Johnson and the Bay City Brass Band perform "Just A Closer Walk with Thee." This presentation was filmed at the Alabama Department of Archives and History as part of the ArchiTreats lecture series.

Rhode Island State Parks | Development

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Parks in Rhode Island were originally created in a ring around the city of Providence where most people lived and worked. Using specially built parkways, residents could easily access these areas, improving their quality of life.

Martha Washington, Letters from the General | In Their Own Words

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Mrs. Washington shares one of the letters she received from General Washington when they were separated during the Revolutionary War. While the signing of the Declaration of Independence brought great jubilation to the colonists, it also brought great concern to Mrs. Washington, who feared that the General would be captured and tried for high treason.

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.

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