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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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