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Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Videos
Theodore Roosevelt stepped into the presidency after William McKinley was assassinated. See how he moved the country forward through his Square Deal, the construction of the Panama Canal, and his willingness to use his presidential powers.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Videos
Although many of these historical figures are not covered in first grade standards, learners could compare them to the historical figures they have learned about in the standard. The show follows the adventures of Xavier Riddle, his sister Yadina, and their friend Brad as they travel back in time to meet real life historical figures when they were kids.Use these video clips, teaching tips, and historical figure biosketches to support students’ social-emotional, literacy, and social studies skills.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Resource Type: Video
Presents a map of North America during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, and reveals that most of the continent was claimed by European powers. The segment provides context for Jefferson's attempt to purchase Louisiana from France, and summarizes why Napoleon Bonaparte sold Louisiana to the United States.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Resource Type: Video
Thomas Jefferson influenced the landscape of America, both politically and geographically. Discover more about the third president of the U.S. and why he's such a big deal. After all, you don't get your face printed on the two-dollar bill for nothing!
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Resource Type: Video and quiz
Teaches that the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 doubled the size of land that the United States claimed, and explains why President Thomas Jefferson ordered Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the Louisiana Purchase. The segment also provides a video quiz that is based on the content of the segment.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Resource Type: Video
Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, with ideas about equality from George Mason and John Locke.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Resource Type: Video
The Declaration of Independence is the most enduring protest document in the history of the free world. Written by Thomas Jefferson, the text of the declaration was approved on July 4, 1776.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Collection of Images
View images of Jefferson, Monticello, and the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1846) was the third president of the United States of America, and served two terms between the years 1801-1809. He was a founding father of the country, and author of the Declaration of Independence. The son of a Virginia planter, Jefferson was educated at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. As president, he created the military academy at West Point; he expanded the size of the country with the Louisiana Purchase, and commissioned Lewis & Clark to explore the western United States.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Resource Type: Video
Learn about the importance of the journals that members of the Corps of Discovery kept during the Expedition, and hear an excerpt from Meriwether Lewis’s journal.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Resource Type: Video
President Thomas Jefferson ordered an expedtion to explore the lands west of the Mississippi river.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Summarizes Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's expedition to the Pacific Coast through the Louisiana Territory.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Resource Type: Video
With her baby boy on her back, Sacagawea aided Lewis and Clark through the rough terrain of what is now the northwest US.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Animates and highlights some of the recorded events in the life of Sacagawea, and focuses on her role in the Corps of Discovery (commonly referred to as the Lewis and Clark Expedition). The program emphasizes Sacagawea's skill set that greatly aided the expedition, and provides details on some pivotal moments, such as her reuniting with her brother Cameahwait, saving important documents and medicine, and witnessing the Pacific Ocean.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Documents the historic impact made by Ruby Bridges, one of four children chosen to desegregate the public school system in New Orleans, Louisiana during 1960. The presentation witnesses the heroic efforts made by Bridges and her teacher, Barbara Henry, as they forged a new path into the future. By overcoming prejudice and standing up for civil rights, Bridges became an American symbol of the integration, equality, and activism.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Resource Type: Story Board
Student board description of the life Ruby Bridges
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Listens to host Tierra Peters describe the life and achievements of George Washington Carver, and emphasizes the role he played in saving Southern agriculture from disaster. The program discusses the passion Carver had for education, and highlights his role as head of the agricultural department at Tuskegee Institute.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Excerpt from History Kids video. George Washington Carver Discusses why George Washington Carver lobbied Congress to place a tariff on peanut imports, and emphasizes the influence that Carver had over Theodore Roosevelt and American agriculture. The segment also provides a video quiz that is based on the content of the segment.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: video with lesson and primary sources
Although this lesson is inteneded for older students, it could easily be modified for younger learners. George Washington Carver was a world-renowned American botanist who devoted his life’s work to helping farmers successfully grow their crops. A lover a nature, with a keen intellect and desire to help people better their lives, Carver used his knowledge to make American farms flourish, which helped the nation as a whole. By doing two primary source activities and watching a short video, students will explore the life of science and innovation led by George Washington Carver.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Resource Type: Video
Excerpt from History Kids video. Introduces the topic of Benjamin Franklin’s life by discussing another inventive philanthropist, Bill Gates. Benjamin Franklin was a writer, printer, scientist, inventor, and Founding Father.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Excerpt from History Kids video. Explores some of Benjamin Franklin’s key inventions and discoveries. These include swimming fins, bifocal lenses, the Franklin stove, and experiments that proved the connection between lightning and electricity.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Explores the life of Benjamin Franklin. The program discusses the highlights of Franklin’s life as a writer, printer, scientist, inventor, and Founding Father. It provides details about his role in the Revolutionary War, the creation of the Constitution, and the founding of the United States.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Resource Type: Collection of Videos
Travel back in time to witness and discover the birth of democracy in America through the eyes of James and Sarah, two teenage apprentices who worked in Benjamin Franklin's print shop.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Resource Type: Video with lesson and primary sources
At the height of the Age of Enlightenment, Benjamin Franklin accomplished great works in countless fields, including science, politics, and media, becoming one of America’s most prolific Founding Fathers. Through two primary source activities and a short video, understand how Franklin embodied Enlightenment values, and used his talent in writing and printing to have his opinions heard and help shape the world.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Showcases the advances, discoveries, and inventions of American inventors Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers, and Henry Ford.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Resource Type: Audio
This audio clip is four minutes long. It may be too long to hear in its entirety, but the quality of the audio shows how time has changed. Future United States president Theodore Roosevelt comments on his belief in the ability of each individual citizen to rule and the goals of prosperity and peace, using revolutionary France as an example.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Theodore Roosevelt was a lively, enthusiastic man who promoted economic freedom, America's place in world politics, and environment conservation. Mount Rushmore, picturing four key players in American history, embodies the ideals of the American way of life. Scenes from America accompany the song, America the Beautiful.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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Students often do not have a reference point for National Parks. These videos may help give students context. Marvel at the national parks of the United States. Since the late nineteenth century, U.S. presidents have established national parks to preserve and protect natural wonders like canyons, mountains, and geysers; fragile and complicated ecosystems; and important historical sites. From mountains in Alaska to Civil War battlefields, national parks in the United States showcase some of the most stunning and important parts of the country.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
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A music video describes how math can be used to read a map.
Skill: Identify and locate the student’s city, county, state, nation (country), and continent on a simple map or a globe.
Georgia Standard: SS1G2
 
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Sid identifies the compass rose on a treasure map, and listens to Sid's friends list North, South, East, and West on the map. The program also learns from Teacher Susie about the other points on a compass rose, and navigates around the park using the cardinal directions
Skill: Identify and locate the student’s city, county, state, nation (country), and continent on a simple map or a globe.
Georgia Standard: SS1G2
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
This animation features a child and her father using a simple map to plan their activities for the day. The video introduces children to concepts related to mapping, location, and time.
Skill: Identify and locate the student’s city, county, state, nation (country), and continent on a simple map or a globe.
Georgia Standard: SS1G2
 
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Resource Type: Video with supporting documents
Learn about different landforms and the various characteristics that make them distinct from one another in this multimedia gallery from WGBH. Landforms are natural formations on Earth s surface that are found in locations across the planet. Landforms look different when they are viewed
Skill: Locate major topographical features of the earth’s surface.
Georgia Standard: SS1G3
 
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Resource Type: Lesson Plan with suporting documents
Maps are tools that help us connect to our world. They can give us a snapshot of distinctive landscapes in smaller local regions as well as expanded world regions. Local resource maps can help people find mountain hiking trails or boating and fishing resources in an area. Physical maps can help people locate landforms and water bodies in all parts of the world. Most maps include map symbols—small icons, lines, dots, or colors—that are used to represent larger things in the world. Map symbols help us locate and focus on places in relation to other things, such as major landforms and water bodies. Building on students’ experiences with maps and having them explore how landforms and water bodies are represented on a map will help them identify and describe these features in different locations on the surface of Earth.
Skill: Locate major topographical features of the earth’s surface.
Georgia Standard: SS1G3
 
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Explores the various types of landforms found on the earth’s surface, including plains, plateaus, mountains, hills, canyons, valleys, and coastal landforms.
Skill: Locate major topographical features of the earth’s surface.
Georgia Standard: SS1G3
 
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This video program takes a fascinating look at the many different features found on Earth. Familiar places are used to help describe key landforms. The importance and characteristics of various landforms are explored.
Skill: Locate major topographical features of the earth’s surface.
Georgia Standard: SS1G3
 
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Resource Type: Song
Sings verses from "America the Beautiful," and explains the history of the famous song written by Katharine Lee Bates and Samuel A. Ward.
Skill: Explore the concept of patriotism through the words in the songs America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) and America the Beautiful (for example: brotherhood, liberty, freedom, pride, etc.).
Georgia Standard: SS1CG2
 
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The national symbols help to honor our history and think of the United States as a country of hope, freedom, and friendship. Learn about the stories behind the country's symbols and their significance to Americans. Includes the Flag of the United States, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, and the Bald Eagle.
Skill: Explore the concept of patriotism through the words in the songs America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) and America the Beautiful (for example: brotherhood, liberty, freedom, pride, etc.).
Georgia Standard: SS1CG2
 
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This video examines the responsibility of citizens to make their community the best it can be. Learn the ins and outs of citizenship, how to get involved in your community, and the importance of voting.
Skill: Explore the concept of patriotism through the words in the songs America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) and America the Beautiful (for example: brotherhood, liberty, freedom, pride, etc.).
Georgia Standard: SS1CG2
 
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Resource Type: Video
All of the things that people pay money for to fulfill their needs and wants are either goods or services.
Skill: Identify goods that people make and services that people provide for each other.
Georgia Standard: SS1E1
 
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Learn about the workers who serve our communities and the services they provide—police officers, fire fighters, sanitation workers, grocery clerks, and others. Discover that providing a service means doing something to help someone else. Hear simple explanations of the terms goods and services, consumers, and income, and learn why people work.
Skill: Identify goods that people make and services that people provide for each other.
Georgia Standard: SS1E1
 
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Economic decision-making requires comparing the costs and benefits of different alternatives. Scarcity occurs when wants exceed the ability to satisfy the wants.
Skill: Explain that scarcity is when unlimited wants are greater than limited resources.
Georgia Standard: SS1E2
 
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Consumers, producers, and goods are all necessary to an economy. The producers provide goods and services; the consumer buys those goods and services.
Skill: Describe how people are both producers and consumers.
Georgia Standard: SS1E3
 
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Reviews the concepts of goods and services, wants and needs, and public and private services.
Skill: Explain that people earn income by working and that they must make choices about how much to save and spend.
Georgia Standard: SS1E4
 
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People work to earn money to satisfy their basic needs and wants. Help students understand the two, as well as the difference between goods and services. Explore a variety of jobs, including production and service workers, and introduce students to banks and the concept of saving money.
Skill: Explain that people earn income by working and that they must make choices about how much to save and spend.
Georgia Standard: SS1E4
 
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Resource Type: Video
Exploring our world is fun! Abby Brown loves to help kids have fun while learning! In this segment, Abby explains the different types of bills and coins, and lists a few ways to use money including saving, donating or spending it on things that are needs instead of wants.
Skill: Explain that people earn income by working and that they must make choices about how much to save and spend.
Georgia Standard: SS1E4
 
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Consumers must make wise choices about the goods and services they purchase, and must sometimes make tradeoffs if they don't have enough money to purchase everything they want.
Skill: Explain that people earn income by working and that they must make choices about how much to save and spend.
Georgia Standard: SS1E4