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Lesson Plans from Local Teachers

These are "in-class" lessons developed in 2006 and 2007 by Vermont K-12 teachers in curriculum development workshops at the University of Vermont.

Science

Language Arts

Social Science

"Geo-Snapshots"
Geology
Grades 4-5
by Claire Draper (pdf) (doc)

Before and After Stories
Storyboards
Grades 4 +
by Alison Novak (pdf) (doc)

Photo Detectives
Town History
Grades 1-2
by Janet Bellavance (pdf) (doc)

Reading Rivers Over Time
Geology
Grades 3-6
by Matt Dubel (pdf) (doc)

Our Changing Community
Conducting Research
Grades K-4
by Pat O'Brien (pdf) (doc)

There's More Than One Way to View a Photo
Photo Interpretation
Grades 3-4
by Marybeth Morrissey (pdf) (doc)

Identifying Landforms
Physical Geography & Technology
Grades 3-4
by Tim Bourne (pdf) (doc)

"Sense" of Place
Sensory Language
Grades 6-8
by Sandra Fary (pdf) (doc)

What's the DAM Project
People's Impact
Grades 6-8
by Tim Bourne (pdf) (doc)

Then and Now...and in the Future
Resources and Sustainability
Grades 7-8
by Gabriel Hamilton (pdf) (doc)

I See Dead People (and So Much More)
Digital Stories (mov)
Grades 5-8
by Debra McConnell (pdf) (doc)

Transportation and Change in Williston
Local History
Grades 5-8
by Richard Allen (pdf) (doc)

Dams, Logging, Erosion...Oh My!!
Watersheds
Grades 9-12
by Brian Slopey (pending)

School Daze Gazette: Schools Then and Now
Newspaper
Grades 9-12
by Shelley Snyder (pdf) (doc)

Time Travel
Local History & Lifestyles
Grades 6-12
by David Schoales (pdf) (doc)

Finding the Forest through the Trees
Forest Succession
Grades 10-12, Alternative Education
by Helen MacAndrews (pdf) (doc)

Where Am I?
Anthology of Place
Grades 9-12
by Becky Ebel (pdf) (doc)

What Have We Here?
Artifacts
Grades 9-12
by George Olson (pdf) (doc)

Rocks, Redox, and Remediation
Mining in Vermont
Grades 9-12
by Abby Hood (pdf) (doc)




"It Takes an Image of a Village:" History Guiding the Future
Vermont Sustainability
Grades 7-12
by Scott Evan Beckwith (pdf) (doc)


Unit Plan developed by Landscape Change Staff

This is a sample unit that is designed to take about a month in a high school or middle school class. It is intended to serve as a spring board for ideas. Individual lessons can be used independently as they may fit into an unit that you're already doing, or the entire unit can be used. Be sure to go to the lesson materials section to see resources for each lesson.

Resource name and description Download Size
Unit Plan: How has this town's landscape changed over time? (Includes 8 lessons, final Assignment, and introduction). 308 kb

Unit Lesson Plans

These are the individual lesson plans from the unit above

Resource name and description Download Size
Lesson #1 Introduction to Landscape Change Unit 53 kb
Lesson #2 How can we use technology to infer landscape history? 47 kb
Lesson #3 How has Vermont's glacial history affected where cows live? (Vermont's Geologic History) 56 kb
Lesson #4 How has Vermont's physical environment affected its cultural history? (VT's Settlement History) 49 kb
Lesson #5 How has Vermont's cultural history affected its physical environment? 45 kb
Lesson #6 How do we interpret historic images and aerial photos? 51 kb
Lesson #7 Field Walk: What evidence of landscape change can we find in our nearby forests? 47 kb
Lesson #8 CULMINATING ACTIVITY. How has this town's landscape changed over time? 46 kb

Lesson Materials

These are resources for each of the individual lesson plans from the unit above

Introductory Materials for students File type Size
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Final Assignment Handout (This is a handout detailing step by step the process of taking historic/current photo pairs) Word(.doc) 53 kb  
Latitude and Longitude Help sheet Word(.doc) 31 kb  
Location Form (A form for students to fill out while gathering photos to ensure that they've gathered all the correct metadata) pdf 3.8 kb  
Lesson #1: Introduction to Landscape Change Unit File type Size
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Introductory Slideshow (Introduces the Landscape Change Project) PowerpointWebsite (.html)  
Introductory Slideshow (Introduces the Landscape Change Project) Powerpoint(.ppt)   13,065 kb
Lesson #2: How can we use technology to infer landscape history? File type Size
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Worksheet: Practice using GPS, Digital Camera, and data transfer software Word(doc)    
Lesson #3 How has Vermont's glacial history affected where cows live? (Vermont's Geologic History) File type Size
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Map of Glacial Lakes (8.5* 11) pdf 64 kb  
Diagram of cross sections of major movements in Tectonic Plates pdf 98 kb  
PowerpointSlideshow of Vermont's History of Plate Tectonic Movement Powerpoint(.ppt)   2,950 kb
View Plate Tectonics Slideshow Website (.html)    
Lesson #4 How has Vermont's physical environment affected its cultural history? (VT's Settlement History) File type Size
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Photo set of periods in VT Settlement History Powerpoint(.ppt)    
Lesson #5How has Vermont's cultural history affected its physical environment? File type Size
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Photo set of impacts associated with VT Settlement History Powerpoint(.ppt)    
Diagram showing time periods of different Native American weapon points Powerpoint(.ppt) 28 kb  
Powerpointslideshow showing the History of Vermont's Forests Powerpoint(.ppt)   23,306 kb
View History of the Vermont Forest Slideshow      
Lesson #6 How do we interpret historic images and aerial photos? (This set of Aerial Photos of Mt. Mansfield Summit shows the reforestation and ski area development that has occurred since 1942.) File type Size
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Mt. Mansfield Summit Aerial Photo 1942 Image (jpg)   6,354 kb
Mt. Mansfield Summit Aerial Photo 1962 Image (jpg)   10,799 kb
Mt. Mansfield Summit Aerial Photo 1974 Image (jpg)   11,046 kb
Mt. Mansfield Summit Aerial Photo 1988 Image (jpg)   10,207 kb
Mt. Mansfield Summit Aerial Photo 1999 Image (jpg)   10,072 kb
Mt. Mansfield Physical Geography Slideshow (Maps of Soils, Bedrock, Topography, Land Use, and Drainages) Powerpoint(.ppt)   30,071 kb
Go to Terraserver on out links page to see and print aerial photos of anywhere in the U.S.      
Lesson #7 Field Walk: What evidence of landscape change can we find in our nearby forests? File type Size
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Stonewalls and Cellarholes excerpts pdf   4,018 kb
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