Discovery Museum: Nevada Stories Project
Content Alive! This Nevada Stories Room Moodle provides you and your students with great resources, implementation tools, technology resources and a sample rubric to engage your students by integrating technology into your curriculum. Blending this content with technologies will help our students to become 21st century learners, moving forward to their calling as global citizens of the future. It can all start now!
Projects from the Nevada Stories Room meet the 21st Century Standards (http://www.p21.org/overview/skills-framework/351)
- Focuses on 21st century skills, content knowledge and expertise.
- Builds understanding across and among core subjects as well as 21st century interdisciplinary themes
- Emphasizes deep understanding rather than shallow knowledge
- Engages students with the real world data, tools, and experts they will encounter in college, on the job, and in life--students learn best when actively engaged in solving meaningful problems
- Allows for multiple measures of mastery
The Nevada Stories Room and technology integration theme matches the following 4th grade Nevada History benchmarks:
G6.4.1- Describe the distinguishing features of historical regions in Nevada, i.e., Native American tribal territories, pioneer trails, and settlement areas.
G6.4.2- Identify and describe the diversity and cultural traditions of Nevada’s people i.e., Native Americans, Basque communities.
G6.4.4- Show how regional change in Nevada from decade to decade has affected characteristics of place, i.e., plows allow farmers to prepare the land for planting, pick axes assist in mining operations.
G6.4.5- Locate the counties and county seats of Nevada.
Although Nevada History is specifically addressed in 4th grade, this idea can be adapted and differentiated to any of the elementary or secondary grades and provisions are made through our Resources page to do so, as there is a list of robust online resources for teacher and student use. Some of these resources are technology resources; others are special collections which give access to primary historical documents, photos or oral histories.
When you visit the Nevada Stories Room, take off your own hat and put on the hat of one of the following characters: a Native American, a Pioneer, a Cowboy, a Basque Sheepherder, a Miner, or a Railroader. Each of the characters has its own section on the Moodle; each section has a list of resources for you to use when building a lesson plan or with your students.
As you move through the room, look at the room through that person's perspective.
- Think about where you would be on the Nevada map.
- Did you move around Nevada and if so, what were the circumstances behind your moves?
- What did you eat?
- Who were your neighbors?
- Where do you fall on the Nevada timeline?
- For a more complex experience, think of yourself in relation to other Nevada characters- were you cooperative to one another or were you in competition for food, land, or other resources?
For example, when you look at the map of Nevada and consider the different uses of the land, think about what your character would have eaten if he or she had been a Basque Sheepherder living in Elko or Winnemucca. If you were a Native American, what would you have thought about the Pioneers as they moved into your territory, or what would your relationship have been with a Cowboy? As you go through the room and think about where you would have been on the map and on the timeline, ask yourself questions about the history before you arrived and how you affected later historical events. For example, how did the Cowboy affect mining or what impact did a Miner have on the Railroader?
Nevada Character Rubric: We have created a rubric for teachers and students to use for their Nevada character project. Please feel free to use, change, or adapt this rubric for your classroom needs- it is only a guide.
Special thanks to the creators of the Nevada Stories Room Moodle:
Alicia Barber, Director, University of Nevada Oral History Program
Donnelyn Curtis, Head of Special Collections, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries
Bethany Underhill, Student Assistant in Special Collections
Shawn Pennell, Raggio Research Center, University of Nevada, Reno
Karen Wikander, Managing Editor, Online Nevada Encyclopedia
Sue Davis, Social Studies Program Coordinator, Washoe County School District
Jan Morrison, Project Director, Washoe County School District
Brian Prewett, School Improvement, Washoe County School District
Rochelle Proctor, School Improvement, Washoe County School District
Lisa Taylor, Teacher, Stead Elementary, Washoe County School District
Kelly Whalen, Teacher, Stead Elementary, Washoe County School District
and, the entire INNOVATE22 Team.
The purpose of this Moodle is to enhance the museum experience and extend the student learning opportunities at the Discovery Museum. You will be able to inspire students, parents and educators discovering many Nevada Stories, creating new educational experiences and share student produced Nevada Stories in multiple formats. Students will use online research provided on the Moodle, along with other research from the museum experience or online searches.