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Mapping the History of Our School: District 83
Lesson Plans
by Rae-Ann Thompson

Nebraska Social Studies Standard: 4.21
NCSS Theme: People, Places, Environment
Suggested Grade Levels: 4-5
Time for Unit: 1-3 class periods (20 - 30 min. periods)

Objectives: Students will be able to:

Gathering Primary and Secondary Sources:
What is the difference between a primary and secondary source?

1. Ask your colleagues when your school consolidation took place.

2. Locate a plat map of the district prior to consolidation from the county courthouse, (probably the county clerk's office).

3. Create blank township maps.

4. To learn more about the history of your district:

5. After you have visited these locations, make another research trip with your students.

Classroom Procedures:

  1. Review definitions for absolute and relative location. Ask students to give examples during discussion.
  2. Use historic maps and absolute location to find the original schools in your district.
  3. Plot the locations on a current township map and create an identification key. See example of a student map.
  4. Assessment: Students will choose a school and write examples of relative and absolute location.

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