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    • A Visual History of Theater and Music Programs

    • 2011-02-17
    • This guide is designed to align with the Minnesota Arts standard that calls for understanding the personal, social, cultural, and historical contexts that influence the arts areas. The theater and music programs highlighted inThis guide help to...
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    • Archbishop John Ireland and Catholic Immigration

    • 2012-06-05
    • This guide is designed to help students understand various factors that drew immigrants, especially Catholics, to Minnesota. These factors included cheap and plentiful land, the influence of individuals such as Archbishop John Ireland, the impact...
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    • Childhood: Then and Now

    • 2012-05-15
    • This guide is based on the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards for Social Studies, focusing on first grade. Students use the photographs to compare/contrast children's lives then to their lives now.
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    • Circles and Arches within Architecture

    • 2011-06-08
    • Using the Geometry and Measurement Standards, students will increase their knowledge of the properties of circles. Introductory: Students will use rulers to measure the diameter to find the area or circumference of the circle in the picture. ...
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    • Civil War in Minnesota, 6th Grade

    • 2011-06-20
    • This is a guide to study primary resources and photographs of the Civil War in Minnesota. While it is designed for Grade 6, it could be used for 7th and 8th grades too.
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    • Comparing and Contrasting Communities in Minnesota

    • 2011-06-06
    • This guide has students using plat maps, historical atlases, and Google Earth to explore changes in the geography of Minnesota. Land use issues have become increasingly controversial. Some of the possible topics include: urban sprawl,...
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    • Crossing the Rivers

    • 2012-02-29
    • This guide uses photographs, manuscripts and maps to introduce students to the role of rivers in Minnesota's early settlment and economic development. Students will be encouraged to examine the resourcesa nd engage in inquiry activities as they...
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    • Early Life on the Duluth Harbor

    • 2011-09-25
    • A look at early life on the Duluth Harbor.This guide focuses on several Social Studies standards as listed, but also correlates with other curricular standards. The standards identified in the guide are listed as fourth grade standards in the...
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    • Economics (Taxes)

    • 2011-05-25
    • This guide will provide a blueprint for studying taxes in Minnesota in the year 1851. It can be used as a compare/contrast assignment between taxes in 1849 to taxes in the present.
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    • Exploring Pioneer Life in Minnesota

    • 2011-09-21
    • Exploring Pioneer Life in the Midwest.This guide will allow students to gain an understanding of pioneer life in the Midwest by examining primary sources. The students will be able to draw conclusions about pioneer life by making inferences and...
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    • Eye Spy Geometry

    • 2011-04-20
    • Eye Spy Geometry is an engaging group observation and brainstorming activity. t supports the Geometry and Measurement strand of Minnesota 2nd grade mathematics strand. s you display each individual primary source photo using a video projector, ask...
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    • Families Over Time

    • 2012-05-21
    • Family dynamics have completely changed over time.This guide's focus is on the Minnesota K-23 Academic Standards in Social Studies iwth an emphasis on how families have changed over time. It uses photographs that depict traditions, outings, and...
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    • Families: Then and Now

    • 2012-05-24
    • This guide is written to support first graders who are making comparisons between families of today and yesterday. Minnesota Reflections Top Picks include a variety of items for students to compare to contemporary times including housing,...
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    • Famous Minnesotans

    • 2011-05-25
    • This guide is designed to give you a great start introducing some lesser know, but still famous, Minnesotans.
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    • Fire Safety, Kindergarten and 1st Grade

    • 2011-05-13
    • This guide can be used to share with kids about fire safety. The order of the photos are designed to see the progression of fire stations, fire equipment and fire personnel beginning around 1872 until 1920. Teachers may chose to use all or part of...
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    • Fort Snelling: The Early Years

    • 2011-09-25
    • This guide contains photos of Fort Snelling, mainly during the late 1800s. It emphasizes the buildings, placement of the fort and the accessibility to the fort. AlthoughThis guide is focused on the Geography Standard, it also correlates to other...
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    • Global Weather Patterns

    • 2011-06-20
    • Students will use photos of excessive snowfalls and floodwaters in local sites to determne in which years they occurred. Once the years are identified, the students will research how the global weather patterns may have played a role in the...
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    • Graphing and Calculating Population Changes

    • 2011-05-23
    • This guide provides mainly census data that may be used by students to calculate the percent of increase or decrease in population at the state, county, and town levels. The data is taken from atlases, plat books, and maps. Most of the data is from...
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    • Housing and Interior Design

    • 2007-04-17
    • This guide is designed to meet the first four benchmarks of standard 11.5 by tracing the development of housing designs, and by analyzing interior designs and furnishings during various historical eras through the examination of photographs and...
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    • I Want It! I Need It!

    • 2012-05-25
    • Focusing on the Economic Standards in the Minnesota DRAFT K-12 Academic Standards in Social Studies 2011, Kindergartners analyze pictures to determine if what is shown is a need or a want, a good or a service.
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    • Indirect Measurement based on Architecture

    • 2011-06-08
    • Using the Geometry and Measurement Standards, students will use indirect measurement and proportions to find lengths, areas, and volumes that cannot be physically measured. Introductory: Students will use rulers to measure the height of a person...
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    • It's an Amusement Adventure!

    • 2011-09-25
    • A look at a Minnesota icon, Excelsior Amusement Park, via photos from the property prior to building the park to 1960. AlthoughThis guide has an initial focus standard in Social Studies, it heavily hits the Writing Standards as noted. It is listed...
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    • Landform Guide

    • 2011-08-05
    • Through the use a series of geologic maps and road maps, the students will begin a study of landforms related to the most recent glacial activity in Minnesota. These maps will show geologic glacial landforms of the entire state as well as smaller...
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    • Landforms, 8th Grade

    • 2011-06-10
    • This is a guide for examining maps of Minnesota landforms and geological surface materials.
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    • Let's Go Shopping!

    • 2012-05-24
    • Retail shopping has changed in numerous ways over the past century.This guide focuses on the topic using the Minnesota DRAFT K-12 Academic Standards in Social Studies. Using photographs of the interiors of stores, students look for ways shopping...
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    • Life Cycles: 1st Grade

    • 2011-05-14
    • This guide describes some of the animals (amphibians and insects) that go through metamorphosis and are studied it first grade. This guide has links to information to Minnesota animals and how they are studied and used by humans.
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    • Looking for Patterns in the Settlement of Minnesota

    • 2012-03-30
    • This guide is designed to ehlp students learn about patterns of settlement in an area of Minnesota by comparing historical maps of the same region. Students will use plat maps, landform maps and road maps to note changes in the population, road...
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    • Mayo Clinic

    • 2011-09-23
    • This guide gives primary sources for the founders of the Mayo Clinic and the development of the clinic and hospital into one of the premiere medical institutions in the country.This guide is written for third grade, but would enhance 6th grade...
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    • Minnesota Railroads

    • 2011-09-21
    • A look at the impact of railroads on the industrial development and inhabitation of Minnesota.This guide is appropriate for a variety of grades, but focuses primarily on grade 6. As an end product, students can write a paper on how Minnesota was...
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    • Minnesota Statistics Then and Now

    • 2012-06-30
    • This guide is specifically drawn up to help students look at the numbers of population, agriculture, and immigration of the average Minnesotan in the late 1800s and early 1900s; have the students compare the numbers to the comparable average...
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    • Minnesota: Native Americans

    • 2011-05-16
    • This guide can be used to as a component of instruction to meet the Minnesota Academic standard in History requiring a demonstration of knowledge of indigenous cultures and U.S. policy in North America prior to and during western expansion.
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    • Minnesota's Native Americans

    • 2011-09-21
    • Native Americans in Minnesota. AlthoughThis guide is focused on People and Cultures and Change over time, it also correlates to other U.S. history sub-standards (such as Historical Thinking, 3.1.1.1.1). The standards identified in the guide are...
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    • Minnesota's Natural Resources

    • 2012-05-20
    • Students will explore a variety of natural resources that are found in Minnesota. They will have an opportunity to learn how the resources are obtained and used.
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    • Minnesotans and the Civilian Conservation Corps

    • 2011-04-20
    • This guide is designed to align with the Minnesota U.S. History Standard that addresses the Great Depression and New Deal. The focus is on the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Students will observe, analyze and collaboratively discuss...
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    • Natural Disasters, 5th Grade

    • 2011-05-13
    • This guide can be used to show students examples of natural disasters that have occurred in Minnesota and nearby states. Photos from tornadoes, cyclones, floods, and forest fires occurring throughout Minnesota�۪s history are available. Links...
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    • Nutrition and Wellness Introduction

    • 2011-06-08
    • This guide is designed to be an introductory hook for lessons in nutrition by pointing out how our food supply and preparation has changed between the late 1800s to late 1970s. The photos and documents meet three benchmarks of standard 14.0 to...
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    • Oxcart Trails to Railroads to Highways

    • 2011-05-23
    • This guide is designed to help students understand the progression from the oxcart trails that were used for transportation in the 1800s, to the railroads in the late 1800s, to the creation and development of the highway system in the 1900s in...
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