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  • Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

    Sound Intensity and Loudness

    Sound Intensity and Loudness

    Over five days, students learn about the properties of sound waves, particularly sound intensity and loudness. They learn how to measure intensity and loudness, the difference between sound and noise, and when a sound is considered noise pollution. Using data like intensity readings and spectrograms, and simple techniques like listening to and identifying sounds, students research how sounds affect people and the environment.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Physical Science, Social Studies
    National/State Standards:
    Next Generation Science Standards: PS4 Wave Properties; Iowa Core (6-8, 9-12): 21st Century Skills
  • Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

    Field Trip Guide

    Field Trip Guide

    Explore this teacher's guide as you plan your field trip. Find out which curriculum standards the field trip can help satisfy. Get directions for buses, view a video, and find aids to leading your students through the museum and the historic site.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Third Grade - Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    History
    National/State Standards:
    Iowa Core (3-5): Behavioral Sciences, Economics, Political Science/Civic Literacy; Illinois Learning Standards (3-5): State Goals 14, 15, 16, 18; National Standards for History (3-5): Topics 1 and 2, Eras 7 and 8
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    Investigating Tallgrass Prairie Plants

    Investigating Tallgrass Prairie Plants

    By growing and comparing plants, students discover how prairie plants differ from other plants and how prairie plants and the environment benefit from these differences.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Plants, Ecology
    National/State Standards:
    Next Generation Science: HS-LS4 Biological Evolution; Iowa Core: 21st Century Skills (6-8, 9-12)
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    Wants Versus Needs in a Changing World

    Wants Versus Needs in a Changing World

    Students visit Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and tour the tiny Birthplace Cottage. Students make a list of the Hoover’s material possessions and compare the family’s wants and needs with their own.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Economics, Social Studies
    National/State Standards:
    Iowa Core: 21st Century Skills, Social Studies (3-5, 6-8, 9-12)
  • Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

    Chemistry of the Blacksmith's Forge

    Chemistry of the Blacksmith's Forge

    Students research four questions and present their findings to each other. One class is needed for the research and one to two classes are needed for the presentations. Students can do additional research as homework, so allow a couple days between the initial research and presentations.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Chemistry, Engineering, History, Science and Technology, Social Studies
    National/State Standards:
    Next Generation Science Standards: HS-PS3 Energy; Iowa Core: 21st Century Skills (Grades 9-12); National Science Standards: Physical Science (Levels 9-12)
  • Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

    Tallgrass Prairie: A Multidisciplinary Curriculum

    Tallgrass Prairie: A Multidisciplinary Curriculum

    Prepare students for a visit to the 81-acre tallgrass prairie at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. Activities strenghten skills in observation, analysis, and interpretation in the field and in the classroom. Activities are written with middle school students in mind, but may be appropriate for other ages.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Fire Ecology, Geology, Hydrology
    National/State Standards:
    Iowa Core: Life Science, Middle (6 - 8)
  • Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

    Hooverball

    Hooverball

    Hooverball is a strenuous team sport and a great addition to a physical education curriculum or as an extra-curricular club activity. Hooverball was once the most popular sport at the White House, played by the President, Supreme Court justices, cabinet members and other high government officials. Teams of up to five people play on a court 66 feet by 30 feet with an 8 foot volleyball net. A four- or six-pound medicine ball is used. Scoring is exactly like tennis.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade - Adult Education (general)
    Subjects:
    Physical Fitness, U.S. Presidents
  • Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

    National Park Fair: Kids Teaching Kids about our National Parks

    National Park Fair: Kids Teaching Kids about our National Parks

    Inspire students and their families to discover America's best idea: our national parks. Students research a national park and create a visitor center display with souvenir items to share with their classmates. This booklet is written for third grade teachers and their students but can be adapted for all grades. Classroom teacher and park ranger Kristen Bergren developed the activities as part of the Teacher to Ranger to Teacher Program.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Third Grade - Third Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Conservation, Historic Preservation, Writing
  • Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

    Herbert Hoover: From Iowa to the World

    Herbert Hoover: From Iowa to the World

    Acquaint students with Herbert Hoover's boyhood in Iowa and his later accomplishments as a global humanitarian. This guide has pre-visit and post-visit activities to complement a field trip to the National Historic Site. The activities are recommended for grades six through eight. Classroom teacher and park ranger Daniel Stevenson revised and updated this curriculum as part of the Teacher to Ranger to Teacher Program.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade - Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Architecture, Commerce and Industry, Family Life, History, Philanthropy/Humanitarianism, Political Science, Social Studies, U.S. Presidents, World War I
    National/State Standards:
    Iowa Core: History, Middle (6-8); National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS): Themes IV, VI, IX, X
  • Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

    HEHO! Activity Worksheets for Educators and Students

    HEHO! Activity Worksheets for Educators and Students

    Use these activities before and after your class field trip to Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. The activities are recommended for grades three through five. Classroom teacher and park ranger Kristen Bergren developed the activities as part of the Teacher to Ranger to Teacher Program.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Third Grade - Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Family Life, History, Social Studies, U.S. Presidents
    National/State Standards:
    Iowa Core: History, Intermediate (3 – 5)