This blog is designed as a companion for the Teaching American History Grant of the Clark County School District titled "Nevada & the West/Digital Collections."
United States
11 episodes
since April 30, 2010



During the second session of this module, we completed several activities. The worksheet that guided this set of activities is available here.Cookie Geography: Using blue frosting, draw the river systems from the state on a cookie.Recommended cookie recipe: 3 c flour, 1 c powdered sugar, 1T vanilla, 1.5 c butter; Place batter in bar pan about 3/4" thick; Bake 20 minutes at 325°F.To prepare the cookie shape, cut the shape before and immediately after baking.Recommended frosting recipe: 3 c Crisco, 2 lbs. powdered sugar, 2 T meringue powder, 2 T clear vanilla extract, 2 t clear butter extract, pinch of salt, ~4 T water (add slowly until desired consistency), gel food coloring (if using water-based food coloring, add before water to ensure proper consistency).Timeline Matching: Match the year with the event from Nevada history.Playground Map Race (Nevada grid map/USA grid map): Time students as they write all the county and county seat names on a map of the state. Draw the Seal: Students draw the Seal of the State of Nevada from memory.Draw the Flag: Students draw the state flag from memory.State Symbols: List all state symbols from memory.County Puzzler: Place all counties in their respective locations when they are delivered in the form of a puzzle.County Word Search: Race to complete a word search listing all county names, without receiving a list of the county names.Sing the State SongNevada Towns on-the-Walls: Use posters and clues to learn Nevada town names.Nevada Research Report and Presentation (HTML version/DOC version): This project was developed by fourth grade teachers at Heckethorn Elementary with special thanks to Mr. Colin Haas. The materials include the assignment expectations, a grading rubric, project topic suggestions, and detailed guidelines for students).Draw a Nevada Map (HTML version/DOC version): This project was developed by Mr. Colin Haas and includes all requirements students, working in groups, must complete.In addition, I recommend these lesson plans:Birdseed MiningCookie Mining Example student projects from Mr. Colin Haas' fourth grade students (included as part of their Nevada Research Report and Presentation assignments). Mormon Fort Hoover Dam
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