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The Rosa Parks “Myth”: A Third Grade History Investigation

--Hillary Landorf and Ethan Lowenstein
Have the authors of trade books and textbooks brushed over essential aspects of Rosa Parks and her story? She had a long background of service and commitment to promoting the rights of African-Americans. She was not an "anonymous" seamstress, as sometimes portrayed.

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Identifying with Ancestors: Tracking the History of America

by Josephine Barry Davis
Students and teachers construct a timeline of U.S. history, on which they insert entries for events in the lives of students' families.

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Propeller Toys and the Industrial Revolution

by Andrew McClary
Do students enjoy making a propeller toy by hand? What is the advantage of using a mass-produced propeller toy?

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Third Grade at Simmons Elementary School, ca. 1900

by Ronald V. Evans
Third grade students in Hope, Indiana, spend a day in a brick, one-room schoolhouse where they learn about life 100+ years ago.

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A Picture’s Worth: Analyzing Historical Photographs in the Elementary Grades (Elementary Education)

--Keith C. Barton
Elementary teachers can use historical photographs in the classroom to engage young students in authentic historical inquiry. Students’ critical skills develop beyond mere observation as they consider what life was like when the photographs were taken.

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Virginia’s New Hamster: A Thirteen States Mnemonic

Nancy L. Gallenstein
This humorous short story assists students in memorizing the original 13 states of the Union in 1776.

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Piecing It Together: America’s Story in Quilts

Judith R. Marrou
Like the United States, a quilt could be described by the words "e pluribus unum" -- out of the many, one.

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Ribbons and Beads: Native American Art Reveals History and Culture

Ava L. McCall
The textile arts are a valuable means by which students learn about the history of specific Native American nations.

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