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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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    • 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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    • 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 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Landforms, 8th Grade

    • 2011-06-10
    • This is a guide for examining maps of Minnesota landforms and geological surface materials.
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    • Birdseye View, Sacred Heart, Minnesota

    • 1901 - 1907
    • A lithographed postcards showing the view looking northwest from the old water tower. Pictured: Paulson's General, Nordstrom's Drug, Oslund's Cash Store, Imple. House, Railroad Depot. Along Maple Street: Ryan's Hotel, Palace Rest. North of...
    • Minnesota Historical Society, 345 Kellogg Boulevard West, St. Paul, MN 55102-1906
    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Man pushing wheelbarrow, Sacred Heart, Minnesota

    • 1880 - 1908
    • Photograph of a man pushing a wheelbarrow across a dirt road. The inscription on the box reads: " A.Q. Paulson, Sacred Heart Minn."
    • Minnesota Historical Society, 345 Kellogg Boulevard West, St. Paul, MN 55102-1906
    • 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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    • Threshing team, Sacred Heart, Minnesota

    • 1880 - 1908
    • A threshing team stands in front of steam driven farm equipment and horses.
    • Minnesota Historical Society, 345 Kellogg Boulevard West, St. Paul, MN 55102-1906
    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Brick building construction, Sacred Heart, Minnesota

    • 1880 - 1908
    • A photograph showing a brick building nearing the end of construction with workers standing in front of the building.
    • Minnesota Historical Society, 345 Kellogg Boulevard West, St. Paul, MN 55102-1906
    • 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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    • Outdoor funeral wake, Sacred Heart, Minnesota

    • 1880 - 1908
    • People gathered in front of a house for an outdoor funeral. A casket rests on two chairs in front of the mourners.
    • Minnesota Historical Society, 345 Kellogg Boulevard West, St. Paul, MN 55102-1906
    • 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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    • U.S. Laws vs. Minnesota Laws

    • 2011-05-25
    • Once students have been introduced to U.S. laws and their importance to our society, they can compare/contrast them to Minnesota laws.This guide will show Minnesota territory laws from 1849. The goal is to provide a deeper understanding of how our...
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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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    • Picture Research Project

    • 2011-05-25
    • This guide is designed to give students the opportunity to search through the Minnesota Reflections database. Students will find pictures that interest them and then does a short research project on their picture.
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Transportation and Population in Minnesota

    • 2011-06-09
    • This guide is designed to meet the second benchmark of standard 6.3.1.1 by analyzing how transportation technology impacts the growth of cities.This guide includes photos and maps related to Minnesota streetcar lines and roadway improvements from...
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • U.S. President Biography Research, 2nd Grade

    • 2011-06-10
    • This is a guide that researches presidents of the United States and their influence in Minnesota.This guide can be used for a biography project about United States presidents or used to celebrate President's Day.
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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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