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American Centuries: Dwellings: The Message of Houses and Their Contents, 1780-1820

 Use this very complete lesson plan to explore New England houses from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Background about houses in general and ones built during this time period in particular give rise to thoughts about why housing architecture changes, how the home owner adapts the interior use of space, and what changes are made in materials to build the houses.
You’ll find plenty of pictures that help illustrate the objectives of the lesson. The activities for students are interesting and teach the use of primary source materials. In addition to the dwellings, there is information on the gardens near the houses, and why those gardens were so important to the community.

www.americancenturies.mass.edu/classroom/curriculum_6th/lesson10/index.html

NASA’s The Space Place: Make a Star Finder

 NASA provides a great site for learning about constellations. Learn how a star tracker helps a spacecraft find its way in space. Print out a star finder for July to see where major constellations are in the sky. You can print out the star finders for other months too so you’ll be prepared when a special month comes around. Once you’ve printed your star finder, follow the directions carefully so you can fold the star finder correctly in order to play the Star Finder game. Practice with a friend so you can both learn about the skies.July 10http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/starfinder/en/

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