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  • Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

    HEHO! Activity Worksheets for Educators and Students

    Wooden desks furnish a historic one-room schoolhouse.

    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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Family Life, History, Social Studies, U.S. Presidents
  • Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

    Hooverball

    Teams of women pass a medicine ball over a volleyball net.

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

    Field Trip Guide

    Children line up to visit a two-room historic house.

    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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    History
  • Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

    Tallgrass Prairie: A Multidisciplinary Curriculum

    Seed heads on tall grasses dominate a lush green field.

    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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Fire Ecology, Geology, Hydrology
  • A third grade boy explains his national park display to a classmate.

    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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Conservation, Historic Preservation, Writing
    Keywords:
    National Parks, Classroom Project, Fair, Cooperative Learning
  • Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

    Herbert Hoover: From Iowa to the World

    Black and white photo of Herbert Hoover in front of a radio set.

    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 Plan
    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
  • Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

    Sound Intensity and Loudness

    A portable weather station and sound monitoring instrument set up in a field.

    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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Physical Science, Social Studies
  • Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

    Chemistry of the Blacksmith's Forge

    A blacksmith working at a traditional 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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Chemistry, Engineering, History, Science and Technology, Social Studies
  • Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

    Investigating Tallgrass Prairie Plants

    A person's hand examines a plume of wild rye.

    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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Plants, Ecology
  • Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

    Wants Versus Needs in a Changing World

    Sparse furnishings of a 19th century cottage include a daybed and rocking chair.

    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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Economics, Social Studies
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