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    Caring For Our Forests - A Legacy of Stewardship

    Caring For Our Forests - A Legacy of Stewardship

    This is a Global Studies and English unit that is ideally designed as part of a forest-focused, across the curriculum unit, which would complement work being done in the subject specific areas of math, science, and physical education of a typical middle school in Vermont. This unit could also stand on its own in terms of a place-based unit using forests as its focal point

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    A Forest Year Soil Unit

    A Forest Year Soil Unit

    Through the study of their natural environment, the children develop a strong attachment to and respect for the land. Weekly visits over the course of a year foster an awareness of the natural rhythms of the seasons. Empathy for the natural world and a sense of place results from direct study of the forest. The children become aware of the interdependency of plants, animals, and people as they learn about the forest ecosystem. The unit was developed to meet the district science requirement.

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    Interpreting a Place

    Interpreting a Place

    Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. Make strategic use of digital media

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    Mount Tom From Farm to Forest: Exploring Changes in Land Use in New England

    Mount Tom From Farm to Forest: Exploring Changes in Land Use in New England

    “From Farm to Forest” will serve as an introduction to a grade 7 world geography course. To best understand the role of the 5 themes of geography as these apply globally, this unit will apply these very themes locally to our historical connection of agriculture as well as our sense of place here in Woodstock Vermont.

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    Our Unique Place Lesson Plan

    Our Unique Place Lesson Plan

    The creators of the unit want to use a specific place in Woodstock, VT to bring new geographic skills to life for seventh graders. The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is a special place in which Woodstock Union Middle School has had a strong relationship. Students will showcase their geography skills by creating live presentations to distribute to local libraries. Experts from the park will give feedback on the presentations in preparation for an evening event.

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    Creating Sculptures from Natural Materials

    Creating Sculptures from Natural Materials

    Students will address real world issues through considering their impact on the environment, creating public site-specific art for a national historical park, integrating interdisciplinary understandings, and collaborating with a diverse group.

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    Building Stewardship Through Science - Mercury in Our Environment

    Building Stewardship Through Science - Mercury in Our Environment

    By working with various partners, including Dartmouth College's Toxic Metals Research Program, students determine mercury levels in macroinvertebrates taken from the Pogue (pond) in Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Students learn how mercury moves through air, water, and through the food chain. By reading Marsh, learning about Billings and Rockefeller, students will cultivate a sense of stewardship and reflect on their own choices.

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    Teaching with Museum Collections

    Teaching with Museum Collections

    Students will make detailed observations and create two artistic images, one realistic and other abstract, based on a landscape painting’s most important features. Students will reflect on their chosen painting and the experience of interacting in depth with a specific work of art and compose label-style text about their chosen painting. Students will collaboratively design and develop Hudson River School-style murals.

  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Teaching with Museum Collections

    Teaching with Museum Collections

    Students will make detailed observations and create two artistic images, one realistic and other abstract, based on a landscape painting’s most important features. Students will reflect on their chosen painting and the experience of interacting in depth with a specific work of art and compose label-style text about their chosen painting. Students will collaboratively design and develop Hudson River School-style murals.

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    Migratory Birds Lesson Plans

    Migratory Birds Lesson Plans

    The park partnered with Change the World Kids to develop a service learning project for youth on migratory birds in VT and environmental stewardship.

Did You Know?

Black and white Carleton Watkins photograph, showing Yosemite's massive granite Cathedral Rock. Billings Family Archives.

Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. wrote to George Perkins Marsh in 1857, asking his advice on promoting "free soil" settlement in Texas to challenge the westward expansion of slavery. Strongly anti-slavery, both men would also champion land stewardship and public access to places like Yosemite Valley.