- How to Draw Nevada's Sights and Symbols (A Kids Guide to Drawing America) by Fein, Eric and Muschinske, Emily
- My First Pocket Guide: Nevada by Marsh, Carole
- S Is For Silver: A Nevada Alphabet by Coerr, Eleanor
- Nevada State Theme Unit IF8947
- The Hoover Dam: The Story of Hard Times, Tough People and The Taming of a Wild River (Wonders of the World Book) by Mann, Elizabeth and Wischonke, Alan
- Patty Reed's Doll: The Story of the Donner Party by Laurgaard, Rachel K.
- The Hoover Dam by Zulhke, Jeffrey
- Nevada Trivia Book by Moreno, Richard
- Nevada Timeline: A Chronology of Our State's History, Mystery, Trivia, Legend, Lore, & More! by Marsh, Carole
- Ryholite: The True Story of a Ghost Town by Siebert, Diane
- Nevada: The Silver State (World Almanac: Library of the States) by Hana, Jon
- The Silver State of Nevada Map by Marsh, Carole
- Tales for Tomas by Miller, Mike
- Tarnished Legacy: The Story of the Comstock Lode by Hopkins, Ellen
- Ride Like the Wind: a Tale of the Pony Express by Fuchs, Bernie
- Nevada Native Americans! by Marsh, Carole
- Uniquely Nevada by O'Connor, Rebecca and Myers, Dennis
- Nevada by Ollhoff, Jim
- Nevada, A Journey of Discovery by Green, Michael
- Uncovering Nevada's Past: A Primary Source History of the Silver State by James, R. & Reid, J.
- Ordeal by Hunger by George Stewart
- The First 100: Portraits of the Men and Women Who Shaped Las Vegas by Hopkins, A.D.
- Young Las Vegas: 1905-1931: Before the Future Found Us by Whitely, Joan Burkhart
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
- The First 100 Persons Who Shaped Southern Nevada: This site includes biographies of 100 of the most influential people in the history of Southern Nevada.
- Online Nevada Encyclopedia: A collection on encyclopedic entries relating to Nevada history along with collections of digitized artifacts.
- Southern Nevada: The Boomtown Years: This is the portal for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas' digitized collection of resources relating to the Southern Nevada boomtown era (1880s-1920). It includes a collection of teacher resources including primary source-based lesson plans for all grade levels.
For a particular interest in the Donner Party, review these resources:
- The Emigrants Guide to Oregon & California by Lansford Hastings
- Diary of Patrick Breen
- Interactive Map
- Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party by George Stewart
- The Donner Party, a PBS Video by Ric Burns
- The Donner Party Chronicles: A Day-by-Day Account of a Doomed Wagon Train, 1846-47 by Frank Mullen, Jr.
- Statistics and Maps (Source Unknown; please advise if you can identify the source)
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
To guide students through the process of analyzing primary sources, consider using primary source analysis sheets. For a thorough list of analysis sheets separated by media type, visit the University of Northern Colorado's Colorado Rural Partnership Analysis Tools. Additional primary source analysis sheets from the National Archives and Library of Congress assist in working with:
Instructional Strategy Defined: Students answer higher-level thinking questions requiring they engage in artifact analysis. The goal of historical inquiry is to have students work with primary sources to think historically — doing what historians do.
Primary Source Sets
Instructional Strategy Defined: Primary source sets are collections of primary source artifacts that, when presented as a group, enable students to engage in historical inquiry.
Instructional Strategy Described: Ask students to engage in a scavenger hunt where they simply seek the types of resources available in the collection(s). This activity may require independent searching, or scaffolded, linear searches with a particular end-goal.
Instructional Strategy Described: Have students work with a single teacher-selected primary source document. Students review the document highlighting words that are important to them. They then cut out twenty of those words (of their choosing) that are the most meaningful for them. They then make a poem by arranging these words into their own creation.
Life in a Box
Instructional Strategy Described: Create a packet of six artifacts (with the artifacts scaffolded leading from more to less obscure), numbering each from one to six. Pass around each artifact one time at a time. Have students try to determine the name of the person in the box in the least number of artifacts.
Instructional Strategy Described: Find a collection of relevant primary sources including pictures, maps, and other documents. Separate students into groups and provide each group with a different inquiry question. Have students move from source to source collecting data relating to their question. Upon completing the browsing process, each group should work independently to analyze findings and prepare a response to their question. After completing the responses, allow each group to read their inquiry question and response. After all groups complete their presentations, have students discuss whether they might dispute some of the conclusions based on data uncovered by either their group or another group.
Sort It Out
Instructional Strategy Described: Provide approximately ten artifacts and have students start with a question (e.g., “How have resources and materials changed the way we live and travel?”). Using that question, have students separate the artifacts into categories. Students must determine category names while fitting each artifact into their self-selected categories.
Instructional Strategy Described: Download several maps and print them out on large paper. Cut the maps into several sections and provide small groups with one section each of the map and a map analysis sheet. Hide map sections with essential information (e.g., title, date). Have students analyze their map section and then have groups find other groups who have sections from the same map. Combined groups should then work together to continue their analysis (identifying more than they were able to identify in their smaller groups). Upon exhausting information accessible in the joint groups, have groups find the remaining part of their maps in the hidden location (e.g., outside of the classroom) and do final observations using the entire map.
Instructional Strategy Described: Choose one primary source picture and slowly reveal different parts of the picture asking students what they can deduce during each "reveal." Encourage lower-level questioning at the beginning and more evaluative questions upon showing the entire picture. You may begin with an overarching inquiry question they will consider throughout the process.
Useful places for finding primary sources about Nevada:
- Southern Nevada: The Boomtown Years: Good for mining and early Southern Nevada community resources
- Online Nevada Encyclopedia: Provides a broad range of topical information about the history and culture of the State of Nevada (including Native Peoples)
- Library of Congress—American Memory Collection: This site includes a wealth of resources throughout the history of the United States and pre-national era. There is some information on Nevada, but it is limited.
- Cookie Geography: Using blue frosting, draw the river systems from the state on a cookie.
- Recommended cookie recipe: 3 c flour, 1 c powdered sugar, 1T vanilla, 1.5 c butter; Place batter in bar pan about 3/4" thick; Bake 20 minutes at 325°F.
- To prepare the cookie shape, cut the shape before and immediately after baking.
- Recommended frosting recipe: 3 c Crisco, 2 lbs. powdered sugar, 2 T meringue powder, 2 T clear vanilla extract, 2 t clear butter extract, pinch of salt, ~4 T water (add slowly until desired consistency), gel food coloring (if using water-based food coloring, add before water to ensure proper consistency).
- Timeline Matching: Match the year with the event from Nevada history.
- Playground Map Race (Nevada grid map/USA grid map): Time students as they write all the county and county seat names on a map of the state.
- Draw the Seal: Students draw the Seal of the State of Nevada from memory.
- Draw the Flag: Students draw the state flag from memory.
- State Symbols: List all state symbols from memory.
- County Puzzler: Place all counties in their respective locations when they are delivered in the form of a puzzle.
- County Word Search: Race to complete a word search listing all county names, without receiving a list of the county names.
- Sing the State Song
- Nevada Towns on-the-Walls: Use posters and clues to learn Nevada town names.
- Nevada Research Report and Presentation (HTML version/DOC version): This project was developed by fourth grade teachers at Heckethorn Elementary with special thanks to Mr. Colin Haas. The materials include the assignment expectations, a grading rubric, project topic suggestions, and detailed guidelines for students).
- Draw a Nevada Map (HTML version/DOC version): This project was developed by Mr. Colin Haas and includes all requirements students, working in groups, must complete.
- Place all county names and county seats correctly on a map of Nevada;
- Recite the names of all Nevada governors in order of office;
- List all Nevada state symbols;
- Sing the Nevada state song;
- List the tribes of Native Peoples from Nevada's history and accurately place the territory of each on a map of the state;
- Recite the preamble to the Nevada State Constitution; and,
- Draw all major physical features on a map of the state.
- Example of invitation for an awards ceremony
- Example of an awards ceremony program
- Example of an awards certificate
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Overview: This assignment requires you develop three primary source kits, each addressing a different theme, region, person, event, or era from Nevada history. You may not use the same topics used in the book reviews prepared for this module. Each kit must explicitly align with intermediate-level Nevada Curricular Standards and must include cross-curricular learner objectives. Each of the three kits will include at least five primary source links, a detailed, research-based historical overview, and a related lesson plan. Each lesson should: a.) last approximately 1-3 instructional hours; b.) include at least three teaching objectives; c.) use varied instructional strategies with the intent of reaching all learners; d.) be engaging and collaborative; and, e.) provide students with opportunities to engage in historical inquiry while interacting directly with primary source artifacts. Feel free to communicate with your colleagues as you brainstorm ideas, share resources, and edit each others’ works, but resulting kits must be entirely your own.
For each of the three primary source kits, you must include the following:
- At least five linked primary source artifacts collected from a reputable digital collection;
- A detailed description of the topic for the kit that is thorough and relevant while being of substantive quality to provide teachers with adequate background information needed to teach and supplement the lesson; and,
- A standards-based detailed lesson plan using a pre-designed format, vocabulary words, and recommendations for differentiating instruction.
Use the following examples to guide your kit preparation:
- Historical Content Descriptions (see “Overview”)
- Primary Source Sets
- Inquiry Questions
- Standards-Basis: Nevada Standards and Example
- Lesson Format
- Lesson Activity Ideas
The information you will need to include in each kit appears below:
Page 1: Demographic Information, Primary Source Kit Overview; Primary Sources
- Last name
- First name
- Preferred email address
- Decision to share name and email address
- A title for the primary source kit
- Primary category for this kit
- Titles and URLs for at least 5 primary sources
- Historical context
- Lesson title
- Lesson overview
- Applicable grade levels
- Lesson objectives
- Needed materials
- Relevant vocabulary words
- Sponge activity
- Anticipatory set
- Content delivery
- Student assessment
- Additional comments
- Nevada State Social Studies Standards, Grade 4
- Nevada State English/Language Arts Standards, Grade 5
- Nevada State Mathematics Standards, Grade 5
- Nevada State Science Standards, Grades 3-5
- Nevada State Physical Education Standards, Grade 5
- Nevada State Health Standards, Grade 3-5
- Nevada State Art Standards, Grade 5
- Nevada State Music Standards, Grade 5
- Nevada State Theater Standards, Grade 5
- Nevada State Computer and Technology Standards, Grade 5
- Nevada State Foreign Language Standards, Grade 5
After compiling each kit, click here to upload your kit to the module database. [To see a sample of each of the five input screens, click on these pages individually: page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5. These pages are NOT live and will NOT save your data! You must use the official link (here) submit your data!]
You will need to upload each kit separately. Be sure to keep a copy of your work in a word processed document as a back-up of your submitted kits.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Upon completion of the module, third through fifth grade teachers will have the ability to competently plan and deliver historically accurate, standards-based instruction that relies heavily on historical inquiry and primary sources. With a focus on teaching the history of Nevada, teachers will use technology skills to access and record self-created instructional plans.