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Images of the Past: Inquiry - Heat Transfer During this activity your students will design an experiment in which they will investigate the transfer of heat. They will also learn about the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives.
Pheasant: Take Aim, Focus, Draw During this activity your students will learn about the sport of bird watching, which is one of America’s favorite pastimes with more than 50 million birders enjoying the activity in the United States. Your students will learn basic bird watching techniques, like the best time during the day to view birds and how to select the correct location. Then your students will draw a picture of a bird they viewed and/or make a digital photo album for their computer desktop.
To teach your
students about archaeology, you can actually let them become
archaeologists. Here are the supplies you will need:
4-5 shoes boxes (or a
sand or foam peanuts
little shovels, buckets,
paint brushes(if you’re using sand)
artifacts (these can be
eating utensils, clothing, hunting materials)
a display (probably a
large sheet of white paper)
items into each of the shoeboxes. Cover the items with sand or foam
peanuts. Break the class into archaeological teams and assign each
team a shoebox. Have the teams uncover the artifacts that are in each
box, or cache pit. Whenever they find an item they should take it to
the display. Once the teams have completed their “digs”, have the
class gather around the display. The teams will need to use the
artifacts that they uncovered to determine the type of culture had
lived in the “area”. This is a good way for you to get your students
to infer what types of activities these people participated in based
on the items that they found.
How to use the following materials
Step 1- Print out the guided notes and distribute to students.
Step 2- Watch the video.
Step 3- Go online and do the activity and take the “challenge” quiz.
If you do not have Internet available to all students, a PDF format
of the word search and quiz have been provided in the Teachers
Guide. Also visit the links that we have posted, and do the fun
activity for this episode.
Step 4- Do the class activity. This works well with a writing class.
Have the student’s journal about what they thought about while they
were “digging” and why they came up with the conclusions that they
came up with.
"Activity" Interactive Word Search
Answers for Word Search
Guided Notes (PDF)
Guide Notes Answers (PDF)
Fourth Grade History Standards
1. examine various regions of the United States in order to focus on
how the following affected development of South Dakota, including
site selection of settlements, opportunities available, natural
resources, and population influences.
4. analyze issues of concern in South Dakota, including water
issues; farming and ranching issues; Indian and Non-Indian
relationships; and urban/rural population changes.
Fourth Grade Geography Standards
1. differentiate between state and national boundaries.
2. define regions as categorized by geographic location.
3. use appropriate maps for a specific purpose, including elevation,
land use-resource, road maps and mileage tables, time zones, and
4. recognize that longitude and latitude constitute a map grid used
in absolute locations
5. locate major South Dakota geographical features, such as the
Missouri River; Black Hills and Badlands; and the capital (Pierre)
and the following cities: Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, Huron,
6. evaluation of the impact geography has on the inhabitants of
South Dakota such as location of cities, transportation, industries,
agricultural products, and culture.
Full Script (PDF)