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Historic District Project Grade Level: 3-8 Academic Areas: Language Arts Duration of service: 1-2 months Character Virtues: Respect, Civic virtue and Citizenship Technology: GPS, Remote Sensing Service Areas: Education/Tutoring Service Learning Project: Elementary and Middle School students will be engaged in a two month long project during which they gain and share an awareness of the natural and cultural history of the Deposit area. Through the creation of maps, pictorial and written records of historic places, and the authoring of a book of quests, service learning and character education will be integrated. At the fourth grade level, students will examine modern and historic maps of the community and surrounding area. Where the older structures and landmarks still exist, students will take photographs. Photos will also document the location of important structures that no longer exist. As a culminating activity, students will learn about letterboxing. Each class will create a book of quests that consist of maps, rhyming riddles, and illustrations of their favorite historic sites. Classes will swap books and traipse the community in search of hidden boxes. The final products will be given to the historical society during a community presentation that will be followed by a celebration of the students’ work. At the middle school level, students will examine modern and historic maps of the community and surrounding area. After instruction in how to use GPS technology, a catalog of waypoints and digital images will be developed for each selected historic structure. Through a series of fieldtrips to the Deposit Historical Society Museum, students will research and develop a documentary for their specific site(s). The final products will be given to the historical society during a community presentation that will be followed by a celebration of the students’ work. ArcView technology will be used to assist in the development of an historic map of the area that integrates student work with that done by members of the Historical Society. The Historical Society will help seek funding to help support these projects. Goals and Objectives Academic Learning Goal: Through an investigation of the natural and cultural history of the Deposit area, students will listen, speak, read and write for information and understanding. Standard: English Language Arts Standard 1: Language for information and understanding Learning Goal: Through the use of GPS, ArcView, and imaging techniques, students will combine technical knowledge and skills with English language arts in the development of maps, quest books, and a documented history of the Deposit area. Standard: MST Standard 5: Technology Service Community need: There is presently no digital record of the area. Also, historical information is not organized in a user friendly manner. Possible Community Partners: The Deposit Historical Society; The Deposit Arts Council; interested citizens Objective 1: Students will produce a digital record of historic sites. Objective 2: Students will organize and produce user friendly materials for the community to use. Objective 3: Students will present to the community. Technology Learning Goal: Students will learn the use of GPS units to record coordinates of historic sites. Objective: Students will be able to take GPS coordinates and record point locations using GPS receivers. Learning Goal: Students will utilize digital photography to record historic sites. Objective: Students will take digital photographs and import them into a Word or PowerPoint document in the production of a document that records the historic significance of selected sites. Learning Goal: Selected participants will learn to use ArcView. Objective: Selected participants will use ArcView in the development of an historic map of the area. Character Virtue: Civic virtue and citizenship Objective: Students will share their knowledge of the history of Deposit with each other and the community. Virtue: Respect Objective: Students will come to value their past and become stewards of their historical and cultural environment. Key Activities Key Planning Activities 1. Determine the availability of digital cameras and GPS units for the project. 2. Seek continued involvement of the Historical Society 3. Find and/or develop specific lesson plans for instruction in the use of the GPS units, ArcView, and digital photography as needed in the project. 4. Present the project to the appropriate fourth grade and middle school subject area teachers. Key Service Activities 1. Students will collect location data for historical sites using GPS technology. 2. Students will take takes photographs of local historic sites. 3. Students will construct a community map of historic locations. 4. Students will present and make available their work for community use. Key Reflection Activities 1. Participants will brainstorm a definition of historical sites and why it is important to preserve their history. This will be done both at the beginning and the conclusion of the project. 2. Student will be asked to keep a journal while working on the project. Entries will address what the most important thing they learned that day and why it was important to them as a Deposit citizen. At the conclusion of the project, students will be asked to reflect on their writing and to summarize what they most enjoyed learning about or how to do and why. 3. Participants will share their thoughts with the news media. Celebration Activity Students and members of the community will be treated to refreshments by the Historical Society. The media will be invited to record the event. Parents will be sent a written invitation to the student presentation at the Historical Society.
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