Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Rocky River Nature Center

Over the last couple days, Laura had a program at the Rocky River Nature Center. This is one of my most favorite places...we go there enough the naturalist knows not only who we are, but our names too. Back to Laura - part of her program was counting how many animals (tiny to large) they saw over the 2 count 125.

Imagine that, in an urban/suburban setting - we have such a blessing that my city kids can see over 100 animals. Now I'm not saying 100 different species because they saw 3 salamander which counted as 3 animals but just the fact that in the small area of trails around the nature center they counted 125 animals. While Laura was in her program, Rose & I took some walks together too. We came across green frogs, tadpoles (almost to the frog stage), dragonflies, red-winged blackbirds, a woodpecker and a huge hawk flew overhead chasing a smaller bird.

This is why as much as I might complain - I truly love this area we live in. I would miss being able to see the diverse wildlife we have living around our cityscape.

Monday, June 1, 2009

History Resources

As we get ready to study American History I've uncovered lots of great US History Resources and resources on Native Americans too. Here is what I've found:
American Journeys contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in AD1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later.

Read the words of explorers, Indians, missionaries, traders and settlers as they lived through the founding moments of American history. View, search, print, or download more than 150 rare books, original manuscripts, and classic travel narratives from the library and archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services and by private donors, American Journeys is a collaborative project of the Wisconsin Historical Society and National History Day. It’s created for students exploring National History Day’s 2004 theme, “Exploration, Encounter & Exchange” and everyone else who loves American history.
Introduction: Elementary School Curriculum

The elementary school CROSSROADS curriculum represents an important part of our work on a seamless k-16 American history curriculum. During the school year 1992-93, elementary, middle school, high school, and college teachers met with project historian Richard B. Bernstein to discuss periods of American history and make preparations to translate these ideas into successful classroom instruction. In the summer of 1993, middle school teachers developed the first curriculum, based on this joint effort. Throughout the school year 1993-94, elementary school teachers met to review the work of the middle school teachers and prepare for curriculum writing in the summer of 1994. The first draft of the elementary school curriculum was field tested during the school year 1994-95 and extensively revised during the summer of 1995.

This elementary curriculum is divided into three parts:
1. A series of lessons for grades K-2 is organized around national holidays and other events often included in primary level instruction. The emphasis is on integrating historical study with language arts; children learn about key elements of American history through children's literature and a wide variety of activities. Not every unit of Mr. Bernstein's chronological framework is introduced in the primary grades. The lessons are aimed at telling compelling, historical accurate stories which will motivate student learning in future grades.

2. At grade 3 or 4 (individual school districts may decide which grade would be most appropriate), students are introduced to a study of chronological American history by examining units beginning with pre-Columbian Indians and ending with the Civil War and Reconstruction. This curriculum continues to employ literature as an important vehicle to introduce historical information, but also introduces more nonfiction sources and library research.

3. At grade 5, students complete their study of American history begun in an earlier grade by examining six units beginning with America after the Civil War and proceeding to the present. As with the earlier curriculum, additional emphasis is placed on research and nonfictional sources of information.
Your ringside seat to history - from the Ancient World to the present. History through the eyes of those who lived it, presented by Ibis Communications, Inc. a digital publisher of educational programming.
Welcome to our American history curriculum! This history curriculum was originally written for the target age of eight to nine (3rd grade) but can easily be used and adapted for other grades and ages. The easiest grades to adapt for and use our curriculum in are 2nd-6th grades. It is also an excellent supplement to any other history curriculum (for a variety of ages) with plenty of "gravy" like worksheets, printables, links, extra reading, crafts, activities and more.

Our American history curriculum uses a literature and "semi" unit study approach; whenever possible tying in other disciplines such as science, language arts and more. Our main focus though is on history.
This is a blog from Creative Teaching. This includes links and projects this family did for their American Indian unit study.
Native Languages of the Americas: Native American Cultures
Hello, and welcome to Native Languages of the Americas! We are a small non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting American Indian languages, particularly through the use of Internet technology. Our website is not beautiful. Probably, it never will be. But this site has inner beauty, for it is, or will be, a compendium of online materials about more than 800 indigenous languages of the Western Hemisphere and the native people that speak them.

I hope you enjoy these resources as you learn more about our great nation.