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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.
Georgia Standard: SS1H1 SS1G1 SS1CG1
 
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.
Georgia Standard: SS1H1 SS1G1 SS1CG1
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
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.
Georgia Standard: SS1H1 SS1G1 SS1CG1
 
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.
Georgia Standard: SS1H1 SS1G1 SS1CG1
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
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.
Georgia Standard: SS1H1 SS1G1 SS1CG1
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
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.
Georgia Standard: SS1H1 SS1G1 SS1CG1
 
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.
Georgia Standard: SS1H1 SS1G1 SS1CG1
 
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
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
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
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
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
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
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