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Legacies. . . Past, Present & Future
The Past Influences the Present

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This is a social studies research project for sixth grade students.

Essential Understanding
: "The past influences the present."

Students will . . .

• select one of the following legacies.

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Agriculture / Farming

Government, Laws & Democracy

Architecture

Medicine

Clocks & Time

Olympics

Communication

Transportation

Education

 

• review a timeline of developments related to the legacy and select five (5) mini-topics for further research
• use both print and digital resources to find new and easy to understand facts about the mini-topics.
• will use a minimum of three (3) sources. One source MUST be a digital source.
• select one of four final products to complete to illustrate their research and prove their new understanding of their topic.
• present their findings to the class.

Assessments include, but are not limited to :
• informal teacher observation of time on-task
• daily progress in locating relevant information
• notes will be scored for completeness and quality
• accurate bibliographic citations or sources used
• quality of the final product (as defined by the scoring tool)
• quality of the presentation

Students are reminded to practice reading strategies (text features, indices, tables of contents, skimming & scanning, captions, etc.) to make their research easier. Additionally, students will practice using the "Find" feature when researching on websites.

Click on the link(s) below and read the information to better understand how your legacy has changed over time and how it impacts daily life. Read carefully.

Agriculture / Farming

Story of Farming

http://www.historylink101.com/lessons/farm-city/story-of-farming.htm

History of Agriculture

http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/History-of-agriculture

Farm Innovations

http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blfarm.htm

Shadoof or shaduf

http://www.answers.com/topic/shadoof

Ancient granaries

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=ancient-granary-predates-agric

Granaries

http://www.buildingconservation.com/articles/granaries/granaries.htm

Granaries

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090623150619.htm

Pesticide use

http://oregonstate.edu/~muirp/pesthist.htm

Pesticides

http://www.pollutionissues.com/Na-Ph/Pesticides.html

Combines

http://www.historylink101.com/lessons/farm-city/combine.htm

Reaper

http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blmccormick.htm

McCormick reaper

http://www.lib.niu.edu/1992/ihy921205.html

Horses

http://archaeology.about.com/od/domestications/qt/horses.htm

Fisheries

http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/sci/A0858142.html

The Plow

http://www.historylink101.com/lessons/farm-city/plow.htm

Domestication of Animals

http://www.historyworld.net/wrldhis/PlainTextHistories.asp?historyid=ab57

Biotechnology

http://www.woodrow.org/teachers/bi/1993/intro.html

Biotech Foods

http://www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/November03/Features/futureofbiotech.htm

Infotopia

http://www.infotopia.info

Grolier Encyclopedia

http://go-middle.grolier.com/

 

Architecture

Architecture timeline

http://architecture.about.com/cs/historicperiods/a/timeline.htm

Roman Forum

http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/romans/architecture/forum.htm

Circus Maximus

http://www.historyhouse.com/in_history/circus_maximus/

Parthenon

http://ancient-greece.org/architecture/parthenon.html

Parthenon, Athens

http://www.sacred-destinations.com/greece/athens-parthenon.htm

Japanese houses

http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/virtual/house/house02.html

Sod houses

http://americanhistory.si.edu/ourstory/activities/sodhouse/more.html

Sod houses

http://americanhistory.suite101.com/article.cfm/sod_houses_of_pioneers_on_the_prairie

White House

http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/history/

White House

http://www.history.com/topics/white-house

Medieval castles

http://www.medieval-castles.net/castle_history/index.htm

Medieval castles

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lostempires/trebuchet/castle.html

Sydney Opera House

http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/sydneyoperahouse/

Sydney Opera House

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/06/29/1965251.htm

Roman Colosseum

http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/romans/architecture/colosseum.htm

Globe Theatre

http://www.william-shakespeare.info/william-shakespeare-globe-theatre.htm

Log Cabins

http://logcabinarchitecture.jeannieland.com/

Roman Apartments

http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/architecture/g/050309Romeapartments.htm

Mobile homes

http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blmobilehome.htm

History of houses

http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/architecture/houses.htm

Sears Modern Homes

http://www.searsarchives.com/homes/history.htm

Infotopia

http://www.infotopia.info

Grolier Encyclopedia

http://go-middle.grolier.com/

 

Clocks & Time

Chronology of Clocks

http://www.ahsoc.demon.co.uk/timeline-clk.html

History of Clocks

http://www.webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/d.html

Clock & Calendar History

http://inventors.about.com/od/cstartinventions/a/clock.htm

Early Clocks

http://inventors.about.com/library/weekly/aa071401a.htm

History of Time

http://www.historyworld.net/wrldhis/PlainTextHistories.asp?groupid=1244&

Sundial

http://www.fi.edu/time/Journey/Sundials/aboutsd.htm

Pendulum

http://www.calacademy.org/products/pendulum/page1.htm

Time Zones History

http://geography.about.com/od/physicalgeography/a/timezones.htm

Daylight Saving Time

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/03/0330_040330_daylightsavings.html

Daylight Saving Time

http://www.energy.ca.gov/daylightsaving.html

Atomic Clocks

http://www.clocktypes.com/history_atomic_clocks.html

Merkhet

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-merkhet.htm

Egyptian obelisks

http://www.accuratesundials.com/site/591582/page/143772

Quartz clocks

http://inventors.about.com/library/weekly/aa072801a.htm

Digital Watch

http://www.computerhistory.org/semiconductor/timeline/1974-digital-watch

Wrist Watch

http://inventors.about.com/od/cstartinventions/a/clock.htm

Tower Clock

http://www.historyworld.net/wrldhis/PlainTextHistories.asp?historyid=ac08

History of Clocks

http://www.crystalinks.com/clocks.html

Infotopia

http://www.infotopia.info

Grolier Encyclopedia

http://go-middle.grolier.com/

 

Communication

History of Communication

http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bl_history_of_communication.htm

History of Communication

http://library.thinkquest.org/5729/

History of Communication

http://www.historyworld.net/wrldhis/PlainTextHistories.asp?historyid=aa93

History of Communication

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/history-of-communication.html

Email

http://www.nethistory.info/History%20of%20the%20Internet/email.html

Cave Paintings

http://earlyhumans.mrdonn.org/caveart.html

Lascaux Cave Paintings

http://www.mazzaroth.com/ChapterOne/LascauxCave.htm

Cuneiform

http://history-world.org/cuneiform_writing.htm

Hieroglyphics

http://archive.ncsa.uiuc.edu/Cyberia/VideoTestbed/Projects/Mummy/hieroglyphics.html

Hieroglyphic writing

http://www.crystalinks.com/hieroglyphicwriting.html

History of the Alphabet

http://www.googobits.com/articles/1375-the-origins-and-history-of-the-alphabet.html

Photocopier

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-does-a-photocopier-wo

Photocopier

http://inventors.about.com/od/xyzstartinventions/a/xerox.htm

Sign language

http://library.thinkquest.org/J002931/dev.thinkquest.org/history_of_sign_language.htm

Pony express

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/pony-express-debuts

Pony express

http://www.historybuff.com/library/refpony.html

Telegraph

http://inventors.about.com/od/tstartinventions/a/telegraph.htm

Telegraph

http://science.jrank.org/pages/6720/Telegraph.html

Radio

http://inventors.about.com/od/rstartinventions/a/radio.htm

Telephone

http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/telephone.htm

Hieroglyphics

http://www.ancient-egypt-online.com/history-of-hieroglyphics.html

Phoenicians & the alphabet

http://www.googobits.com/articles/p2-1375-the-origins-and-history-of-the-alphabet.html

American Sign Language

http://icarus.uic.edu/stud_orgs/cultures/daa/ASLHistory.html

Infotopia

http://www.infotopia.info

Grolier Encyclopedia

http://go-middle.grolier.com/

 
Education

Harvard University

http://www.ehow.com/facts_5136462_history-harvard-college.html

Elementary schools in Ancient Times

http://library.thinkquest.org/J002606/AncientTimes.html

Plato's Academy

http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/philosophy/g/academy.htm

Head Start

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-head-start.htm

Vocational schools

http://www.answers.com/topic/history-of-vocational-and-technical-education

Public schools in America

http://people.howstuffworks.com/public-schools1.htm

Distance Education

http://www.digitalschool.net/edu/DL_history_mJeffries.html

Head Start

http://www.faqs.org/childhood/Gr-Im/Head-Start.html

Title IX

http://www.now.org/issues/title_ix/index.html

Title IX

http://www.titleix.info/History/History-Overview.aspx

Sumerian school

http://history-world.org/sumerian_culture.htm

Egyptian schools

http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/egypt/people/school.htm

1st University

http://www.news.harvard.edu/guide/intro/index.html

Infotopia

http://www.infotopia.info

Grolier Encyclopedia

http://go-middle.grolier.com/

 
Government, Laws & Democracy

Democracy in Athens

http://historylink102.com/greece3/democracy_athens.htm

Government timeline

http://www.timelineindex.com/content/select/416/912,416

History of Democracy

http://library.thinkquest.org/26466/history_of_democracy.html

Democracy

http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/government/democracy.htm

Ancient government

http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/government/

History of government

http://www.worldhistorysite.com/r&fCivI.html

Code of Hammurabi

http://chnm.gmu.edu/worldhistorysources/d/267/whm.html

Hammurabi's Code

http://www.phillipmartin.info/hammurabi/homepage.htm

Pharaoh

http://looklex.com/e.o/pharaoh.htm

Roots of Democracy

http://greece.mrdonn.org/athensdemocracy.html

Roman Senate House

http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/romans/architecture/senate.htm

Magna Carta

http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/medieval/history/highmiddle/john.htm

The Magna Carta

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/history/uk/magnacarta/

Bill of Rights

http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/northamerica/after1500/government/billofrights.htm

Emancipation Proclamation

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h1549.html

Brown v. Board of Education

http://americanhistory.si.edu/brown/history/index.html

Brown v. Board of Education

http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/history/A0809176.html

Miranda Warning

http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/history/A0833372.html

Patriot Act

http://people.howstuffworks.com/patriot-act3.htm

Democracy of Ancient Greece

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/greeks/greekdemocracy_01.shtml

Ancient Rome Government

http://www.unrv.com/government.php

Title IX

http://www.now.org/issues/title_ix/index.html

Infotopia

http://www.infotopia.info

Grolier Encyclopedia

http://go-middle.grolier.com/

 

Medicine

Medical timeline

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0932661.html

History of medicine

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/history_of_medicine.htm

Primitive medicine

http://www.historyworld.net/wrldhis/PlainTextHistories.asp?historyid=aa52

Hippocrates

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/hippocrates.htm

History of trephining

http://www.helium.com/items/684950-history-of-trephining

Female Egyptian Physicians

http://www.suite101.com/content/female-physicians-in-ancient-egypt-a21021

Surgical instruments

http://antiquescientifica.com/web.surgical_antiques_saws.htm

Native American Medicine

http://library.thinkquest.org/TQ0312140/ThinkQuest/Cheyenne/Native%20

Native American Healing

http://www.indians.org/articles/native-american-healing.html

Anesthesia

http://science.jrank.org/pages/363/Anesthesia.html

Anesthesia

http://www.scienceclarified.com/Al-As/Anesthesia.html

History of penicillin

http://inventors.about.com/od/pstartinventions/a/Penicillin.htm

Surgical Instruments

http://www.hsl.virginia.edu/historical/artifacts/roman_surgical/

Hypnosis

http://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/extrasensory

Gene therapy

http://science.jrank.org/pages/2959/Gene-Therapy-history-gene-therapy.html

Acupuncture

http://www.americanacupuncture.com/history.htm

Leeches

http://www.leeches.biz/medicine-leech.htm

Maggots & Leeches

http://www.scienceinafrica.co.za/2003/july/leech.htm

X-Ray

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/german-scientist-discovers-x-rays

Infotopia

http://www.infotopia.info

Grolier Encyclopedia

http://go-middle.grolier.com/

 

Olympics

Olympics timeline

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/olympicstimeline.html

Timeline

http://www.timelineindex.com/content/select/398/912,382,398

History of Olympics

http://www.nostos.com/olympics/

History of the Olympics

http://history1900s.about.com/od/fadsfashion/a/olympicshistory.htm

History of the Olympic games

http://kushkm.tripod.com/

History of Olympics

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/history-of-olympics-1787.html

History of Olympics

http://www.altiusdirectory.com/Sports/history-of-olympics-games.html

Ancient Olympics

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Olympics/

Modern Olympics

http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/sports/A0860128.html

Modern Olympics

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/olympicsceremonies.html

Winter Olympics

http://www.infoplease.com/ipsa/A0115111.html

Munich Massacre

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/summer-olympics-munich-massacre.html

History of the games

http://www.smh.com.au/olympics/articles/2004/06/18/1089484300823.html

Atlanta bombing

http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/7993/atlanta-bombing-suspect-in-court.html

Atlanta's Olympic Park

http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/on-this-day/July-August-08/On-this-Day--Bomb-Explodes-in-Atlanta-s-Olympic-Park.html

Discus

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Olympics/pentathlon.html#discus

Chariot Races

http://www.mariamilani.com/ancient_rome/Ancient_Roman_Chariot_Races.htm

Chariot Races

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Olympics/equestrian.html#chariot

Pancratium

http://www.hickoksports.com/history/olancien.shtml

Palaestra

http://archaeology.about.com/od/ancientgreece/ss/olympia_tour_8.htm

Events of the Ancient Olympics

http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/olympics/p/OlympicEvents.htm

Modern Olympics

http://history1900s.about.com/od/fadsfashion/a/olympicshistory.htm

Palaestra

http://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/LX/Palaestra.html

Special Olympics

http://www.specialolympics.org/history.aspx

Infotopia

http://www.infotopia.info

Grolier Encyclopedia

http://go-middle.grolier.com/

 

Transportation

Helicopter

http://terpconnect.umd.edu/~leishman/Aero/history.html#Success%20at%20Last

Transportation timeline

http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bl_history_of_transportation.htm

History of transportation

http://www.essortment.com/all/transportationh_rgly.htm

Steamboats

http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blsteamship.htm

Wheel

http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/wheel.htm

Invention of the wheel

http://inventors.about.com/od/wstartinventions/a/wheel.htm

Chariots

http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/romans/games/circus2.htm

Sail boats

http://ezinearticles.com/?Sail-Boat---The-History-Behind-It!&id=1049052

Roads & asphalt

http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blasphalt.htm

Roman road construction

http://www.unrv.com/culture/roman-road-construction.php

Steamboat history

http://library.thinkquest.org/J0110200/steamboathistory.html

Steamboat history

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kycampbe/steamboathistory.htm

History of the airplane

http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bl_wright_brothers.htm

Model T Ford

http://www.modelt.ca/background.html

Helicopter

http://www.helis.com/introduction/prin.php

Challenger Disaster

http://www.history.com/topics/challenger-disaster

Pharaohs' Boats

http://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/31/science/early-pharaohs-ghostly-fleet-archaeologists-excavate-boats-that-carried-kings.html

Transcontinental Railroad

http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/goldenspike.htm

Erie Canal

http://www.eriecanal.org/

Steam Locomotive

http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blrailroad.htm

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

http://www.cbbt.com/history.html

Brooklyn Bridge

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/jun12.html

Silk Road

http://www.travelchinaguide.com/silk-road/history/

Infotopia

http://www.infotopia.info

Grolier Encyclopedia

http://go-middle.grolier.com/