November Highlights

This November we are highlighting these topics:

  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Elections & Civic Engagement
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
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Alphabet coloring book featuring the six Native American Nations of Utah
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This Goshute alphabet (ABC) coloring book is a part of the Native American Indian Literacy Project storybook series for the six main Utah Tribal Nations. There are five stories per Tribe, with a total of 30 booklets, plus an ABC book. The set of Indian Tribal stories may be utilized by elementary classroom teachers to (1) develop an understanding and appreciation of Native American culture and societal contributions (2) provide a genre of text for the application of reading strategies, and (3) facilitate the mastery of various Utah Core Content Curriculum objectives. The Native American Indian Literacy Project was made possible by funds from the Utah State Office of Education (USOE). It is a joint effort of the USOE and San Juan School District Media Center.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
English Language Arts
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Utah State Board of Education
Author:
Danelle Shumway
Date Added:
11/09/2021
Citizenship Nearpod
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This is a Nearpod that covers elements and characteristics of good citizenship. It has activities that push students to think deeper about citizenship and what they already know about it. It challenges students to become better citizens. This is also an editable link from Nearpod so you can alter as needed.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Nearpod Team
Date Added:
06/08/2021
Civics 101 Podcast
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Engaging, teacher-created lesson plans on the Constitutional Convention, Freedom of Speech, 4th Amendment, Electoral College, Federalist and Federalism, more.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
New Hampshire Public Radio
Date Added:
09/07/2022
Cottontail Shoots the Sun: A Uintah/Ouray Ute Tale
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To the Ute people, the bear, quee yahgudt, is a sacred animal. He gave the Ute people their Bear Dance, which is held in the springtime after the first thunder. This Ute (Uintah/Ouray) booklet is part of the Native American Indian Literacy Project storybook series for the six main Utah Tribal Nations. The project was led by Shirlee A. Silversmith, American Indian education specialist for the Utah State Office of Education. There are five stories per Tribe, with a total of 30 booklets, plus an ABC book. The set of Indian Tribal stories may be utilized by elementary classroom teachers to (1) develop an understanding and appreciation of Native American culture and societal contributions (2) provide a genre of text for the application of reading strategies, and (3) facilitate the mastery of various Utah Core Content Curriculum objectives. The Native American Indian Literacy Project was made possible by funds from the Utah State Office of Education (USOE). It is a joint effort of the USOE and San Juan School District Media Center.
The full set has 30 booklets, measuring 5.5” x 8.5” each, and illustrated by tribal members. The booklets were formatted to be printed and assembled. This means that they do not read well when using a projector or smart board because the pages will appear out of order. If a teacher did want to use the books in an electronic format, they would be best off screenshotting the pages and arranging them in a slide presentation.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
English Language Arts
Social Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Utah State Board of Education
Author:
LeeAnn Parker
Molly Trainor
Date Added:
11/09/2021
Coyote Steals Fire
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Learn about the history and culture of the Northwestern Shoshone people. Paint a watercolor landscape of an environment with Utah wildlife.
This lesson is written in partnership with and approved by the Northwestern Shoshone cultural specialist Patty Timbimboo-Madsen. Northwestern Band of Shoshone SealBefore teaching this lesson, please explain to your students that there are many native tribes in the United States and that this lesson specifically focuses on the northwestern band of the Shoshone Nation and does not represent other Native American groups. We hope that other native tribes will respect the northwestern band of the Shoshone Nation's choice to share this aspect of their culture.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Rachel Jackson
Date Added:
10/28/2022
Coyote and the Rock: A Tale from the Northwestern Band of Shoshone
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According to Shoshone tradition, Coyote tales should only be told during the winter time. The People of the Big Shield are a warrior society of the Shoshone tribe who are known for their big shields and fearless nature. Beads and ornamentation on Shoshone regalia are placed, not as decoration, but as powerful objects to fend off evil and the enemy. Feathers are earned for great courage and are worn on the upper arm of the warrior. Many warriors decorate the armband with beads on which eagle feathers dangle. This Shoshone story booklet is part of the Native American Indian Literacy Project storybook series for the six main Utah Tribal Nations. The project was led by Shirlee A. Silversmith, American Indian education specialist for the Utah State Office of Education. There are five stories per Tribe, with a total of 30 booklets, plus an ABC book. The set of Indian Tribal stories may be utilized by elementary classroom teachers to (1) develop an understanding and appreciation of Native American culture and societal contributions (2) provide a genre of text for the application of reading strategies, and (3) facilitate the mastery of various Utah Core Content Curriculum objectives. The Native American Indian Literacy Project was made possible by funds from the Utah State Office of Education (USOE). It is a joint effort of the USOE and San Juan School District Media Center.
The full set has 30 booklets, measuring 5.5” x 8.5” each, and illustrated by tribal members. The booklets were formatted to be printed and assembled. This means that they do not read well when using a projector or smart board because the pages will appear out of order. If a teacher did want to use the books in an electronic format, they would be best off screenshotting the pages and arranging them in a slide presentation.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
English Language Arts
Social Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Utah State Board of Education
Author:
LeeAnn Parker
Theresa Breznau
Date Added:
11/09/2021
Doing Oral History with Vietnam War Veterans
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Oral History Interviews that bring students together with veterans help to foster empathy and make history come alive. This lessons offers a step-by-step guide to doing an oral history project with Vietnam War Veterans.

Subject:
History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Date Added:
11/06/2019
Engaging Students Regarding Events at U.S. Capitol
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At OSPI, part of our mission is to prepare students for civic engagement throughout their lives. We believe our schools must engage and empower students, from an early age, with opportunities to participate in civil conversations, examples of effective civic engagement, and tools to find peaceful solutions to community problems.OSPI’s Social Studies and Social-Emotional Learning teams have put together resources for educators, families, and students to help with these difficult conversations.

Subject:
Political Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
OER LIBRARIAN
Date Added:
06/02/2022
George Washington on Veteran’s Day
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Since 2005, the "Past and Present" podcast from Colonial Williamsburg has taken you behind the scenes to meet interpreters, chefs, tradesmen, musicians, historians, curators, and more. We offer two versions of our podcast: one that's audio-only and one that includes a slideshow. In this episode, as Veterans Day approaches, the venerated Virginian veteran himself, Gen. George Washington, discusses his military past and how he believes veterans should be honored today.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Simulation
Provider:
Colonial Williamsburg
Date Added:
09/13/2022
Get Googley: Sometimes Students Finish Early
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Get three ideas for extension activities available to you now using Google applications! Whether you’re looking to fill space between lessons or boost creativity, let’s “Get Googley” and explore innovative ways to use technology in your classroom.

Subject:
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Matthew Winters
Date Added:
11/07/2022
The Great American Bison
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Lesson Summary:
-Understand the impact of the Transcontinental Railroad on American bison herds.
-Compare and contrast differing perspectives.
-Upcycle found objects into artwork.
Note: This lesson is one of a group of lessons created to teach about the Transcontinental Railroad through the arts.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Brenda Beyal
Date Added:
10/28/2022
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How the Meanings of Colors Transmit Navajo Culture
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Students will be able to identify the four colors important to the Navajos and understand how these colors represent different elements of Navajo culture. They will also be able to understand how values and beliefs associated with color help transmit culture from one generation to the next.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Utah Lesson Plans
Date Added:
09/17/2021
How to Combat Political Misinformation
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In the aftermath of the divisive 2020 presidential election, PBS NewsHour and Student Reporting Labs (SRL) aired "We the Young People", a half-hour virtual special highlighting the impact of young voters. The show featured teen voices and conversations with experts focusing on issues that affect young people.

In the first video, Jevin West, an Associate Professor at the University of Washington who studies the spread of misinformation, talks to student reporter Bridgette Adu-Wadier about the ongoing problem of misinformation online and in our society and how it has impacted democratic processes. In the second video, multimedia reporter Heather Taylor-Wynn talks to two teen fact-checkers from Poynter’s MediaWise program about solutions to slow down the spread of misinformation.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Media and Communications
Professional Learning
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs
Provider Set:
StoryMaker Science Explainers
Date Added:
01/12/2022
Learning Adventures: Election Process: How Elections Happen
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In this Learning Adventure, we will be learning about the election process for Federal officials, specifically the President and Vice President, Senators, and Representatives. Information about specific candidates and their campaigns or political parties and their platforms will not be found here.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Government Publishing Office
Provider Set:
Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government
Date Added:
08/17/2022
Learning Adventures: Election Process: The History and Process of Voting
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Learn about the election process for Federal officials. Information about specific candidates and their campaigns or political parties and their platforms will not be found here.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Government Publishing Office
Provider Set:
Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government
Date Added:
08/17/2022
The Mathematics of Voting
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The goal of this video lesson is to teach students about new and exciting ways of holding an election that they may not be aware of. Students will learn three different methods of voting: plurality, instant runoff, and the Borda count. They will be led through a voting experiment in which they will see the weakness of plurality when there are three or more candidates. This lesson will show that not every voting system is perfect, and that each has its strengths and weaknesses. It will also promote thought, discussion, and understanding of the various methods of voting.

Subject:
Political Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Dr. Andy Felt
Date Added:
12/10/2020
Ms. Coyote and Doe: A Navajo Tale
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According to Navajo tradition, this is a winter tale. Coyote stories should only be told in the winter time. This Navajo story booklet is part of the Native American Indian Literacy Project storybook series for the six main Utah Tribal Nations. The project was led by Shirlee A. Silversmith, American Indian education specialist for the Utah State Office of Education. There are five stories per Tribe, with a total of 30 booklets, plus an ABC book. The set of Indian Tribal stories may be utilized by elementary classroom teachers to (1) develop an understanding and appreciation of Native American culture and societal contributions (2) provide a genre of text for the application of reading strategies, and (3) facilitate the mastery of various Utah Core Content Curriculum objectives. The Native American Indian Literacy Project was made possible by funds from the Utah State Office of Education (USOE). It is a joint effort of the USOE and San Juan School District Media Center.
The full set has 30 booklets, measuring 5.5” x 8.5” each, and illustrated by tribal members. The booklets were formatted to be printed and assembled. This means that they do not read well when using a projector or smart board because the pages will appear out of order. If a teacher did want to use the books in an electronic format, they would be best off screenshotting the pages and arranging them in a slide presentation.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
English Language Arts
Social Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Utah State Board of Education
Author:
Don Mose, Jr.
Molly Trainor
Date Added:
11/09/2021