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Talking with Children about the Columbian Exchange


--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.

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Examining a Culture from Museum Artifacts


--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.

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Resources from National Museum of the American Indian


A brief, illustrated introduction to the exhibits and website of this great, national collection and learning center.

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Resources from National Museum of the American Indian


A brief, illustrated introduction to the exhibits and website of this great, national collection and learning center.

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Resources from National Museum of the American Indian


A brief, illustrated introduction to the exhibits and website of this great, national collection and learning center.

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Pullout: Speaking in the First Person: Notable Women in History


--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.

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Pullout: Speaking in the First Person: Notable Women in History


--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.

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Pullout: Speaking in the First Person: Notable Women in History


--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.

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[em]The American Girls Collection[/em] History Project: A Third Grade and Teacher


--Karen Hoelscher
Third graders developed brief dramas (based on this historical fiction book series) to present to classmates, teachers, and invited family friends.

http://publications.socialstudies.org/yl/1002/100204.html

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Hiroshima: A City with Peace as Its Purpose


--Donna Nesbitt
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."

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