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How To Do It: Oral History Projects


--Kathryn Walbert
This pullout details the planning, teaching, and assessing of oral history projects in grades K-3 and grades 4-6. Includes ten steps on how students can conduct an interview, and explains why such projects are so valuable and memorable.

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The [em]Brown v. Board of Education[/em] Decision: Resources for Grades 4 and 5


--James Sheehan and James M. Shiveley
Recommended websites, organized by topic, for upper level elementary students who are learning about this Supreme Court case.

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Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips


--Nadine M. Roush
Some online activities are the next best thing to actually visiting Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.

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The Great Depression: Character, Citizenship, and History


--Gail McEachron
Children's literature helps elementary students "understand the human side of struggling during difficult economic times."

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Linking Literature and Primary Documents


--Pamela A. Nelson
Children's literature, primary source material, and active learning help students engage with history and prepare for citizenship.

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Voyages of Discovery: Experiencing the Emotion of History


--Daniel A. Kelin, II
In their roles as Henry Hudson's sailors (ca. 1610 C.E.), third grade students "faced the cold, loneliness, frustration, and disorientation of Hudson's last voyage."

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Voyages of Discovery: Experiencing the Emotion of History


--Daniel A. Kelin, II
In their roles as Henry Hudson's sailors (ca. 1610 C.E.), third grade students "faced the cold, loneliness, frustration, and disorientation of Hudson's last voyage."

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Breathing Life into History: Using Role-Playing to Engage Students


--Barbara C. Cruz and Shalini A. Murthy
With a bit of planning, teachers can utilize children's natural affinity for drama while teaching about historical events and people.

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Displaced Children in U.S. History: Stories of Courage and Survival


--Brenda Betts
A brief survey of four major U.S. migrations of homeless children: the Cherokee Trail of Tears; the Underground Railroad; the Orphan Train Riders; and the One Thousand Children program (during the Holocaust). Includes brief accounts from four children.

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Displaced Children in U.S. History: Stories of Courage and Survival


--Brenda Betts
A brief survey of four major U.S. migrations of homeless children: the Cherokee Trail of Tears; the Underground Railroad; the Orphan Train Riders; and the One Thousand Children program (during the Holocaust). Includes brief accounts from four children.

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