Thursday, December 1, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Gazette -- December 2011

DECEMBER 1, 2011


"Famous Missourians: Daniel Boone (1734–1820)"

Daniel Boone is one of the most famous frontiersmen in U.S. history. He was a skilled hunter, trapper, and trailblazer. During the early days of westward expansion, Boone's explorations helped open the frontier to new settlements. In 1799, he led his family and other settlers across the Mississippi River into land populated by Native Americans but claimed by Spain. Boone spent the last twenty years of his life in what is now Missouri. This student-friendly illustrated biography of Daniel Boone from the State Historical Society of Missouri details the life and adventures of this American explorer and includes links to outside resources.

Primary Source of the Month

Surveyor's Compass, c. 1805
Surveyor's Compass, c. 1805
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Daniel Boone would have carried a surveyor's compass much like this one on his surveying journeys. Surveyors measure out parcels of land for the owners of the land. Boone surveyed mostly areas of Virginia and Kentucky that had not yet been settled by Euro-Americans.

Westward! EFT
The Next Electronic Field Trip
is Westward!
December 15, 2011

Find sources of federal funding for EFTs in this PDF.

Downloadable American History
Lesson Plans from ABC-CLIO
and Colonial Williamsburg

Teaching News

"All About Explorers" Site Teaches Important Internet Skills

On first look, "All About Explorers" seems like a great site for students to obtain information about famous explorers like Henry Hudson and Lewis and Clark. But mixed in with factual biographical information on the explorers are misleading and downright false statements: Henry Hudson took photos of his journey, for example. This site was developed by teachers as a teaching tool for showing students the unreliability of websites and the importance of checking their facts. Included are lesson plans for teachers and search engine scavenger hunts for students.

December Podcasts
December Podcasts
12/05: A Good Book
Vodcast: Making Apple Cones
12/12: Westward
12/19: Crystal Carols
12/26: Great Hair

The Idea of America
The Idea of America
A digital American history program that inspires and prepares high school students for active citizenship, developed by Colonial Williamsburg and distributed by Pearson Education.

Attention Hawaii Educators
Funding available for
Electronic Field Trips

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2011–2012 Electronic Field Trip Scholarships


Colonial Williamsburg CONNECT

Teaching Strategy: Daniel Boone Picture Book

Daniel Boone was a frontiersman, explorer, surveyor, and hunter, who blazed a trail through the Cumberland Gap that enabled Euro-Americans to settle in lands belonging to Native American tribes. He and his family's lives were fraught with hardship and danger, but Boone continued to push westward until he finally settled in Missouri. In this lesson, students read passages of a biography of Daniel Boone, summarize these passages, and create a picture book about the life of Daniel Boone.

Colonial Williamsburg Teaching Resources for Your Classroom

2011–2012 Teaching Resources Catalog

Colonial Williamsburg offers a variety of quality instructional materials about 18th-century life, including:

  • Mapping Colonial America CD-ROM
  • Duel in the Wilderness Paperback
  • American Indian Bandolier Bag
    Hands-on History Kit

Kids Zone: History, Games & Fun

2010 Distance Learning Award
21st Century Award
for Best Practices in Distance Learning, preK–12
United States Distance Learning Association, 2010

2011 AEP Finalist
Distinguished Achievement Award Finalist 2011
Association of Educational Publishers

Quotation of the Month

"I can't say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days."

—Daniel Boone, as quoted in Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer (1993) by John Mack Faragher, p. 65.


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