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Finding Katahdin Online: Lesson Plans

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7.1 - Logging in the Maine Woods, Then and Now

Objective: Students will identify the major steps in the logging process in its early years during the mid-1800s. They will research the same steps in the logging process today and compare the two.

Subject: Industry, Logging
Periods: 2
Grades: 9th Grade-Diploma, 6th-8th Grades
Content Areas: History, Geography
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: HISTORY (E1b)
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: GEOGRAPHY (D1d)

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7.2 - Ships: Which is Which

Objective: Students will identify the functions of four different ship designs, both historical and contemporary, by studying their photographs and answering questions about their uses.

Subject: Maritime Transportation and Industry
Periods: 1
Grades: 6th-8th Grades
Content Areas: History
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: HISTORY (E1b)
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Visual & Performing Arts: AESTHETICS & CRITICISM (D1)

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7.3 - Lobster Roll!

Objective: Student will collect data by playing a game that illustrates the delicate ecological balance between fishing, fishing regulations, and fish populations. They will graph and analyze the data, and be able to explain how economic decisions can affect the environment.

Subject: Environmental Balances, Species Growth & Population, Lobster Industry
Periods: 3
Grades: 9th Grade-Diploma
Content Areas: Science and Technology, Geography, Mathematics
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 9th Grade-Diploma; Content Area: Science & Technology: UNIFYING THEMES (A2)
   Grade Level: 9th Grade-Diploma; Content Area: Social Studies: GEOGRAPHY (D1c)
   Grade Level: 9th Grade-Diploma; Content Area: Science & Technology: ENTERPRISE (C3)
   Grade Level: 9th Grade-Diploma; Content Areas: Science & Technology:LIVING ENVIRONMENT (E2)
   Grade Level: 9th-Diploma; Content Area: Mathematics: DATA (B3b)
   Grade Level: 9th Grade-Diploma: Mathematics: ALGEBRA (D4)

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7.4 - You Be the Census Taker

Objective: Students will interpret information from an excerpt of the 1870 U.S. Census and compare that data to economic data they collect about local businesses in their own community. They will then evaluate how closely linked their community's economy is to Maine's natural resources economy today.

Subject: Analysis of Local Business, Economics
Periods: 3
Content Areas: Geography
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 9th Grade-Diploma; Content Area: Social Studies: GEOGRAPHY (D1c)

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7.5 - Local History Field Trip: A Graveyard Scavenger Hunt

Objective: Students will learn about the history of their own community by exploring a local cemetery.

Subject: Burial Ritual, Symbol & Ceremony, Cemetary Analysis
Periods: 1
Grades: 6th-8th Grades
Content Areas: Applications
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: APPLICATIONS (A1c)

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7.6 - The Jam on Gerry's Rock: A Maine Folksong

Objective: Students will learn what a folk song is and how it relates to work and history by learning the logging folksong, "The Jam on Gerry's Rock." They will apply their understanding of folk music and work as they collect a Maine folk song from a family member or a member of their community.

Subject: Folksongs
Periods: 2
Grades: 6th-8th Grades
Content Areas: History
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: HISTORY (E1b)
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Visual & Performing Arts: AESTHETICS & CRITICISM (D1)

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7.7 - Further Readings: Chapter Seven

Objective: This document contains a list of secondary sources, periodicals, websites, and other media that will assist in the continued study of the material in Finding Katahdin, Chapter Seven.

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