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--Carol Carney Warren
Websites and books provide ideas for sharing a different perspective on U.S. history.
--Carol Carney Warren
Through the use of primary source materials, students can investigate the effects that dam construction on the Gila River has had on the lifestyle of the Pima Indians in central Arizona.
Fourth grade students critically compare the fictionalized account with various historical sources. In the 1615 English engraving, that Elizabethan collar on Pocahontas "probably hid tattooing."
--Lynette Field and Judith Y. Singer
The authors describe books for youth about 1) the early encounters between Native Americans and Europeans, and 2) cultural and economic wealth generated by the coming of horses to the continent, and 3) forced marches and separation of families.
--Peter L. Higgs and Shannon McNeal
Using museum "artifacts" and kits, students employ higher order thinking skills as they compare aspects of ancient cultures with those of today.
A brief, illustrated introduction to the exhibits and website of this great, national collection and learning center.
--Tracy Rock and Barbara Levin
Each student selects a notable woman, researches her biography, tells her story in the first person, then answers questions from classmates. Short bios given for Elizabeth Cady Stanton; Sojourner Truth; Harriet Tubman; and Mary Walker, M.D.
Third graders developed brief dramas (based on this historical fiction book series) to present to classmates, teachers, and invited family friends.
After reading the children's book "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes," students can visit the website of Peace Park in Hiroshima and fold a paper crane as an introduction to "discussing issues of war and peace in today's world."
--Mary S. Black
Simulated excavations, as well as other indoor activities, can "create dynamic learning adventures." A full-page sidebar features resources about corn, especially popcorn!