Copper TRACES 2018

A group of students sits on the ground.
Students prepare for the end of the Copper TRACES field day.

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Explore the twenty diverse activity stations from the 2018 event. These stations all connect with the topics of TRACES (Technology, Research, Art and music, Community, Environment, and Service), as well as Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations.
 
A group of students work a puzzle together.
A group of students plan their ideal community together.

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Landscape Uses and Development in the Keweenaw
Let's build a community! In this station students will work together to design their ideal place to live, play, and work. How will our region's historic background and unique landscape features shape the world we live in today? Time to experiment and find out!
Michigan Standards 4-H3.0.1, 4-H3.0.8, 4-G5.0.1

 
A park ranger holds a sea lamprey while students look.
Aquatic invasive species like the sea lamprey affect the environmental and economic health of Lake Superior.

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Aquatic Invasive Species: The Monsters of the Great Lakes
Aquatic invasive species threaten Lake Superior organisms and industry, but how did they get here? Discover how aquatic invasive species like the sea lamprey traveled from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Superior, and why it is important to protect the freshwater of the Great Lakes.
Michigan Standards 4-H3.0.8, 4-G5.0.1
 
A group of students listens to a speaker.
A group of students learns about the logging history of Chassell.

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From Logging to Strawberries
How does a landscape change over time? Travel back in time to discover the effect loggin had on the landscape near Chassell, and how people reused the land to grow delicious foods we enjoy today.
Michigan Standards 4-H3.0.1, 4-H3.0.3
 
A student takes a piece of paper from a park ranger.
Students embark upon an immigrant's journey with a park ranger.

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An Immigrant's Journey
Embark upon a fantastic journey through interactive activities focusing on the many different immigrant groups who came to the Keweenaw Peninsula in the 19th and 20th centuries. By exposing students to art, music, and history of these immigrant groups, they will be able to see how people from different places had different experiences.
Michigan Standards 4-G4.0.1, 4-G4.0.2
 
A group of students listens to a speaker.
A group of students explore historic Downtown Calumet using tablets.

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Keweenaw Time Traveler Scavenger Hunt
Students will navigate to a given point in pairs, using only a compass for direction. Students will learn that similar methods were used to locate mining permit locations and for open water navigation.
Michigan Standards SL.4.1.c, SL.4.4
 
A student touches a rock.
A student explores different types of rocks.

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The Keweenaw Rocks!
Do rocks stay the same forever and ever? Are the rocks here in the Keweenaw cooler than other places? Students will be introduced to the rock cycle in order to learn about and identify the main rock types in the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Michigan Standards 4-ESS1-1
 
A fire truck.
Students can compare a modern fire truck to a historic model.

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Fighting Fires in 1900
If there is a fire today you call 911, but what about fires in 1900? How did people notify a fire station of a fire? What equipment did firefighters use to fight fires? Experience a 1918 fire truck, fire alarm, and more as students travel back in time with the Copper Country Firefighters History Museum.
Michigan Standards 4-H3.0.3, 4-G5.0.1
 
A group of students sit or stand on a map of Lake Superior.
Students explore the maritime history of Lake Superior.

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Great Lakes Shipping
Great Lakes maritime transportation made the copper boom of the Keweenaw possible. What kind of ships sailed? How did they get there? What people and materials did they carry? What challenges did the sailors face? Discover the answers to these questions and more as you set sail with the Keweenaw County Historical Society.
Michigan Standards 4-G1.0.1, 4-H3.0.1
 
A group of students listens to two speakers.
Students learn about the history and impact of the Copper Range Railroad.

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Copper Range Railroad Impacts Life on the Range
All aboard! Travel back to the 1900s, when the Copper Range Railroad took students from Stanton and Adams Townships to high school in Painesdale. Learn why the train went where it did, listen to stories from people who rode the train, and discover what the former train route is used for today.
Michigan Standards 4-3.0.1, 4-H3.0.4
 
A group of students listen to two speakers.
Students learn about the impact of mercury on the environment.

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Danger in the Food Chain!
Isle Royale National Park's isolation protects it from outside influences, but it is not impenetrable. Learna about where mercury came from in the past and where it comes from today, how it travels to Isle Royale, and how it threatens organisms that call the island home.
Michigan Standards 4-H3.0.8, SL4.1, SL.4.1c, SL.4.1d
 
A line of students move in motion to the right.
Students learn about the history of Jacobsville Sandstone in the Keweenaw.

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Red Rock Wedgers vs. Red Rock Blasters
Jacobsville Sandstone from the Keweenaw helped build America! Find out how by taking a time machine back to the 1870s, discover what life was like as an immigrant, and learn to do your job as a red rock wedger or red rock blaster.
Michigan Standards 4-H3.0.1, 4-G4.0.1
 
Seated students have a discussion about old photographs.
Students learn about primary sources inside the Keweenaw History Center.

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Primary Sources: How We Learn About History
What are primary sources? How do they help us learn about history? Discover what primary sources are, how archivists use them, and compare the past with present through photographs and an old time photo booth.
Michigan Standards 4-H3.0.2, 4-H3.0.4
 
A group of students look at a museum exhibit with adults.
Students get ready to explore blooming plants and their pollinators.

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Made for Each Other: Pollinators and Plants
We all depend on pollinators for much of our food, medicine, clothing, and more. But, who are these pollinators? How have plants and pollinators adapted to one another? Learn about the many forms these relationships take and why they are important to humans.
Michigan Standards NGSS 4-LS1-1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.1, CSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.2
 
A group of students listens to directions.
A group of students get ready to start their activity.

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Message in a Box
What do we as individuals value? How about as a community? Together your class will create a community time capsule and learn how preservation helps us tell our stories to future generations, and how what we choose to preserve tells others what we value.
Michigan Standards 4-C5.0.1, 4-C5.0.4, 4-P4.2.2
 
Hands use hammers to crush rock on a table.
Be the crusher of copper-bearing rock at the Sorting Quincy Copper activity station.

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Sorting Quincy Copper
How was copper extracted and separated from poor rock at the Quincy Mining Company? Use your hands to compare the manual and mechanical methods used, and how each contributed to the wealth of the company.
Michigan Standards 4-E1.0.1, 4-E1.0.3, 4-E1.0.5
 
A man points to a pattern on a wall that students look at.
Students explore the world of pattern making at the Coppertown USA Mining Museum.

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How It Was Made
It took more than shafts, miners, drills, and the underground mining network to make a copper mine run. Mining companies depended upon numerous surface operations to make resource extraction as efficient and cost-effective as possible. The Calumet & Hecla Mining Company pattern shop and foundry created machine parts that helped fuel the largest and most profitable mine in the Keweenaw. While exploring the Coppertown USA Mining Museum (where Calumet & Hecla’s pattern shop once was), students will investigate how patterns were made using engineering, skill, and ingenuity.
Michigan Standards
4 – H3.0.4, SL.4.1a, SL.4.1c, D2.His.2.3-5
 
Mannequins with early 20th century clothing on.
Students use their senses to explore clothing of the past with the Friends of Fashion.

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What They Wore: Attending School in the 1910s
Travel back in time with your students to an early 20th century classroom in the Calumet area. What was the teacher like? How about the students? Discover the culture of a typical classroom through period clothing, the materials clothing was made out of, and more with the Friends of Fashion.
Michigan Standards
4 – H3.0.4, D2.His.3.3-5., ART.VA.III.4.5, ART.VA.IV.4.2, SL.4.1c
 
Hands use a brush to wipe sand away from artifacts.
Students use learned archaeologist techniques to discover what stories artifacts have to tell.

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Archaeology - Solving the Mystery on Elm Street
The vacant lot at 99 Elm Street has been empty since the great fire of 1898. Some people say the old drug store used to be here; others say a large home belonging to a local family stood here. All the town maps and property records were destroyed in the fire. How can archaeology help solve the mystery? What can this vacant lot tell us about life in 1898? Beginning with a research question, students will work in small teams to form hypotheses, gather data from mock excavation and compare/contrast the data with their original hypotheses. Then all teams will share and compare data to reach an answer that best fits the data. Can your team of student archaeologists solve the Mystery on Elm Street?

Michigan Standards D2.Geo.5.3-5., D2.Geo.11.3-5., SL.4.1c
 
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Different types of bridges throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula are explored by students.

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Let's Get to the Other Side!
The Portage Lake Lift Bridge is a lifeline that stretches across the Portage Canal connecting the Keweenaw Peninsula. Over time the bridge evolved from a wooden swing bridge to the concrete and steel lift bridge we cross today. What type of engineering goes into constructing a bridge? What types of design constraints did the engineers have here? Explore these ideas and more as your students construct their own bridge over the Portage Canal.

Michigan Standards 3-5-ETS1-1, D2.Geo.8.3-5., SL.4.1c
 
A group of students listen to directions from an adult on a stage.
Discover what is was and still is like to be on stage at The Calumet Theatre.

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On Stage at the Calumet Theatre
Since 1900, audiences have been “wowed” by the acoustics, architecture, history, and overall grandeur of The Calumet Theatre. Despite being a historic theatre, how live theatrical acts are presented today are different than how they were presented in the past. Students will experience the excitement of being on stage at the Calumet Theatre by using the stage as a portal into the art of stagecraft of the past.

Michigan Standards 4 – H3.0.4, D2.His.2.3-5., ART.T.IV.4.1

Last updated: June 5, 2018

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