Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Village Life Unit Frame

This is the third in a series of elementary/middle level unit frames on Vermont and New Hampshire history. It follows the Abenaki Unit and the Early Settlement Unit. All of these units can be found online at the Flow of History Toolkits page. These toolkits include background essays, primary sources, worksheets, and online interactives

Village Life in Vermont and New Hampshire

This unit investigates the formation and evolution of communities in Vermont and New Hampshire through the middle of the 19th century, with an emphasis on settlement patterns, landscape change, and economic development.
Enduring Understandings
*All human activity has impacts on the land.
*Settlement patterns and ways of making a living in our communities changed over time as people developed new ways of using natural resources.
Essential Question
What are the relationships between people, geography, and culture?

Focusing Questions
*How did farming change the land?
*What was the role of barter in the village economy?
*How did women’s work change?

Content Grade Expectations for Vermont

H&SS3-4:8 Students connect the past with the present by…
·       Explaining differences between historic and present day objects in Vermont, and identifying how the use of the object and the object itself changed over time.
·       Describing ways that life in the community and Vermont has both changed and stayed the same over time

H&SS3-4:9 Students show understanding of how humans interpret history by…
·       Identifying and using various sources for reconstructing the past, such as documents, letters, diaries, maps, textbooks, photos, and others.

H&SS3-4:12 Students show understanding of human interaction with the environment over time by…
·       Describing how people have changed the environment in Vermont for specific purposes.
·       Describing how patterns of human activities relate to natural resource distribution.

H&SS3-4:11 Students interpret geography and solve geographic problems by…
·       Observing, comparing, and analyzing patters of local and state land use to understand why particular locations are sued for certain human activities.

New Hampshire Curriculum Framework: Social Studies

SS:EC:4:2.1: Explain why needs and wants are unlimited while resources are limited. (Themes: C: People, Places and Environment, D: Material Wants and Needs)

SS:EC:4:3.1: Illustrate cycles of economic growth and decline, e.g., New Hampshire manufacturing or agriculture. (Themes: D: Material Wants and Needs, F: Global Transformation, G: Science, Technology, and Society)

SS:EC:4:4.1: Describe different methods people use to exchange goods and services, e.g., barter or the use of money. (Themes: D: Material Wants and Needs)

SS:GE:4:1.5: Recognize the causes and consequences of spatial interaction on Earth’s surface, e.g., the origin of consumer goods or transportation routes. (Themes: C: People, Places and Environment, D: Material Wants and Needs, F: Global Transformation)

SS:HI:4:4.3: Investigate the evolution of the United States economy, e.g., the transition from farms to factories or the trend from small local stores to shopping malls. (Themes: D: Material Wants and Needs, G: Science, Technology, and Society)

SS:HI:4:5.3: Trace the changes in the roles and lives of women and children and their impact on society, e.g., the family or the workplace. (Themes: B: Civic Ideals, Practices, and Engagement, I: Patterns of Social and Political Interaction)

Background Information

*The Good Old Days: Remember Them?
*Going to School in New Hampshire
*New Hampshire: An Industrious State

Suggested Resources
Children’s Books:
·       Charlie Needs a Cloak by Tomie dePaola
·       The Ox-Cart Man, by Donald Hall
·       Lyddie; Jip: His Story, by Katherine Paterson

Background Reading:
·       Jan Albers, Hands on the Land
·       David Foster, New England Forests through Time
·       Richard Ewald, Proud to Live Here: In the Connecticut River Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire

Primary Sources:
·       Paintings and engravings
·       Merchant daybook
·       Beers Atlas of Vermont towns, 1869


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