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    • Veterans Day

    • 4/3/2011
    • This guide could be used to meet the Minnesota statute requiring one hour of instruction on Veterans Day if a district is in session. Students may create a timeline of United States wars/conflicts including photographs of Minnesota veterans. ...
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    • 2013 Saint Paul Almanac

    • 2013
    • The Saint Paul Almanac is an annual calendar and guide to take the curious urban adventurer through the year of 2013 in Minnesota's capital city. The Saint Paul Almanac brings the diverse Saint Paul community together via city-wide events and...
    • Saint Paul Almanac
    • The Minneapolis Truckers Strike of 1934

    • 2012-05-31
    • In 1934, Teamsters Local 574 gained national notoreity by organizing three major strikes aginst trucking firms in Minneapolis. The union's chief adversary in each of these battles was the Citizen's Allienace, an organization representing...
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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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    • Weather Research, 2nd Grade

    • 2011-06-20
    • This is a guide researching the collection of Minnesota weather information and the researchers involved.
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • World War I: The Home Front in Minnesota

    • 2012-07-31
    • Immediately after signing the Declaration of War against Germany on April 6, 1917 President Woodrow Wilson issued an appeal to all citizens to support the government of the United States. (Mankato Free Press, April 6, 1917, p. 1). Many responded to...
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    • World War I: Home Front in Minnesota - Alien Enemy Registration

    • 2012-07-31
    • On the same day that Congress declared war on Germany, President Woodrow Wilson announced a set of regularions, controlling the activities of alien enemies. The regularions specifically identified alien enemies as German males, fourteen years or...
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    • Turning Points in History:  Iron Ore in Minnesota

    • 2012-07-28
    • This guide contains photos and documents that will help support the study of iron ore's impact in Minnesota, and more specifically northeastern Minnesota, beginning in the late 1800s through the 1940s. There are resources from a variety of time...
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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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    • Trigonometry based on Architecture

    • 2012-06-15
    • Using the Geometry and Measurement Standards, students will use the measurement of angles and a single lenth within a right triangle to fill in the missing measurements. The teacher can also provide a scale-factor to the picture and tell the...
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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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    • The Ways We Use It: Land Use in Minnesota

    • 2012-05-27
    • This guide helps students learn about the ways land is used in Minnesota. Students can think about the evolution of land use from days past to contemporary times.This guide is specifically written for 6th grade, but can easily be altered to be used...
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    • The Name Game: Using Geographic Terms

    • 2012-05-26
    • This guide shows how to help students become familiar with common geographic terms for, both natural and man-made objects, by identifying physical characteristics of locales in Minnesota. Although this unit focuses on basic geographic terms, it...
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Thinking Like a Historian

    • 2012-05-22
    • This guide gives students experience looking at historical artifacts. They will become historians by learning to ask important questions about these artifacts. The Minnesota Reflections digital objects inThis guide cover a wide range of topics and...
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • The Circus is Coming to Town!

    • 2012-05-04
    • An introductory guide in research for kindergartners that focuses on the circus! The focus standard is the Historical Thinking strand with a minor focus on writing, but it doesn't have to stop there. Students have several photos listed here to use...
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    • Working on the River

    • 2012-05
    • This guide uses primary resources to help students understand, visualize and evaluate the economic and transportation opportunities provided by the many rivers in Minnesota. Personal accounts from three early settlers help learners uncover the...
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    • Turning Points in History: The Telephone

    • 2012-04-20
    • This guide contains photos and documents that will help support the study of the telephone's impact on the economy and/or society beginning in the late 1800s through the 1950s and beyond. There are resources from a variety of time periods to allow...
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    • The Rural Electrification Administration in Minnesota

    • 2012-03-23
    • This guide contains reports from various Dodge County agencies related to the extension of electricity to rural areas under the authority of the Rural Electrification Administration. These reports detail the number of miles of line constructed, as...
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    • The Minnesota Home Front in World War II

    • 2012-03-23
    • This guide is designed to meet Minnesota Social Studies Standard 6.4.4.21.4, requiring students to identify contributions Minnesotans made to the war effort during WWII. It also requires students to describe the impact of the war on the home front....
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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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    • 2012 Saint Paul Almanac

    • 2012
    • The Saint Paul Almanac is an annual calendar and guide to take the curious urban adventurer through the year of 2012 in Minnesota's capital city. The Saint Paul Almanac brings the diverse Saint Paul community together via city-wide events and...
    • Saint Paul Almanac
    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • The Impact of Religion on Minnesota's Infrastructure

    • 2011-09-22
    • This guide will allow students to explore the impact of various religious groups on the development of Minnesota. Students will be able to site specific examples that show the impact of religious groups on the state.This guide is written for grade...
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    • The Swedish Invasion!!

    • 2011-09-22
    • A look at the Swedish influences on Minnesota. AlthoughThis guide focuses on the Social Studies standards, it correlates to other curriculum standard areas (Language Arts, Geography). The guide is listed for grade 4 standards in Minnesota DRAFT...
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Symmetry and Transformations

    • 2011-06-10
    • Using the Geometry and Measurement Standards, students will increase their knowledge of symmetry and transformations. Students need to be able to identify the main types of transformations including translation, rotation, reflection, and dilation....
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