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FreshPlans Visits a Salt Mine

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FreshPlans Visits a Salt Mine

FreshPlans checked out Strataca, a museum at a working salt mine in Hutchinson, Kansas. We had the opportunity to go 650 feet down below the surface and see part of the mine. We learned a lot about salt! There are still salt miners working in Hutchison, mining salt used on icy roads. This part of the mining industry, the nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying industry, is not expected to grow in the future, but it’s essential work right now and an important part of the history of Hutchinson. In fact, it’s an important part of the history of the Midwest, way back when it was...

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FreshPlans Visits the Sternberg Museum of Natural History

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FreshPlans Visits the Sternberg Museum of Natural History

The Sternberg Museum of Natural History is a bit of a surprise. Tucked away in a residential neighborhood in Hays, Kansas, the museum is unprepossessing from the outside. It grew out of the local fossils collections originally housed at the Kansas State Normal School, founded in 1902, which later became Ft. Hayes State University. George F. Sternberg was in charge of gathering all the exhibits together into a museum that could share this wealth of specimens and knowledge. Sternberg found his first major fossil, a complete plesiosaur, in 1892. He was 9 years old at the time. Here are the...

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Freshplans Goes to the Museum of Discovery

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Freshplans Goes to the Museum of Discovery

  FreshPlans visited the Museum of Discovery in Ft. Collins, Colorado. This hands-on science museum offers a wonderful experience for visitors. When you enter, you find yourself in one giant, buzzing, blinking room. The Museum of Discovery has lots of special programs and resources for area educators. ┬áIf you’re not in or around Ft. Collins, you can still use our inspirations to recreate some of the experience in your own classroom. Once you adjust a bit, you can see a number of different exhibits. We started with music. The exhibit begins with a discussion of why music is...

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Virtual Field Trips: Africa!

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Virtual Field Trips: Africa!

There may not be many good local options for field trips when you’re studying Africa, but there are quite a few places you can go online. Check out our suggestions for virtual field trips. Virtual Camera Tours Virtual South Africa Morocco Great Pyramids of Giza Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (above — click for full screen option) The Castle of Good Hope in South Africa Museums The National Museum of African Art has online exhibits to explore. There are also lots of interactive and printable resources in the Playtime section. African Voices at the National Museum of Natural History has...

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World War I Lesson Plans

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World War I Lesson Plans

  World War I can be confusing to modern students. Here are some lesson plans that help make sense of the events and the experience. Virtual Field Trip Visit the new online exhibit of the National World War I Museum. Begin with the Interactive Timeline. The events are listed and described, but in a format that encourages additional exploration. Turn students loose to figure out the best way to include these events on your classroom timeline. Add these events to your classroom map as well. Visit Harmonies of the Homefront and listen to the WWI-era songs there. Five songs are available...

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FreshPlans Visits the Ozark Folk Center

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FreshPlans Visits the Ozark Folk Center

  The Ozark Folk Center is a state park in Mountain View, Arkansas, where a mountain town has been recreated as living history. Here visitors can get a greater understanding of the life of American pioneers. Certainly, most of the people in a town like this in the 1800s would have been farmers, growing their own food and making most of the things they uses. However, there were some special skills that a community would need, and we visited the people who had special jobs that shared those skills with their neightbors. We visited a wood carver. Many men would whittle a spoon or other...

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