Sacajawea's Living Journal

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The Teaching Museum North offers a variety of educational programs highlighting the roles of individuals and their impact on history. The Sacajawea Living Journal provides experiential learning opportunities and authentic journaling . Actress, Cathy Kaemmerlen can be found at

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  • 1. Sacajawea's Living Journal Produced by Teaching Museum North Brought to life by actress and storyteller, Cathy Kaemmerlen
  • 2. The Teaching Museum North (TMN) Opened in 1988 under the direction of Superintendent, Dr. James Fox, and the Fulton County Board of Education for two reasons. Foremost, was to establish a unique model for teaching by providing opportunities for experiential learning. Secondly, the preservation of school histories through the archives program helped communities celebrate the advent of new schools and provided many new student opportunities that came with these changing times. Sacajawea's Living Journal Sponsored by
  • 3. Program Description: A professional actress and storyteller portrays an historically accurate Sacajawea expertly weaving in details from the Lewis and Clark expeditions and Native American heritage by taking your 1 st or 4 th grade students with her on a journey of discovery. Following the performance, students are invited to reflect upon their new understandings and relate them to personal experience by journaling in the tradition of Lewis and Clark. Each students plans then publishes one page in a handcrafted journal that will be finished and bound and returned to the classroom as a memento of the journey. Sacajawea's Living Journal
  • 4. Grade 4 Standards
    • United States History
    • to 1860
    • Students begin the formal study of United States history. The four strands of history, geography, civics, and economics are fully integrated. Students begin with the development of Native American cultures and conclude with the Antebellum period ending in 1860. The geography strand emphasizes the influence of geography on early U. S. history. The civics strand emphasizes concepts and rights developed during the formation of our government and the economics strand uses material from the historical strand to further understanding of economic concepts.
  • 5. 4 th Grade Standards
    • SS4H1 Student will describe how early Native American cultures developed in North America.
    • SS4H2 Student will describe European exploration in North America.
    • SS4H6 Student will explain westward expansion of America between 1801 and 1861.
    • SS4G1 The student will be able to locate important physical and man-made features in the United States.
    • SS4G2 The student will describe how physical systems affect human systems.
    • SS4CG4 The student will explain the importance of Americans sharing certain central democratic beliefs and principles, both personal and civic.
    • SS4CG5 The student will name positive character traits of key historical figures and government leaders (honesty, patriotism, courage, trustworthiness and respect for authority).
    • SS4E1 The student will use the basic economic concepts of trade, opportunity cost, specialization, and voluntary exchange, productivity, and price incentives to illustrate historical events.
  • 6. Grade 1 Standards
    • In first grade, students continue their introduction to United States history through the study of selected historical figures. In the history strand, students study the important contributions each historical figure made to the United States. In the geography strand, students learn where these historical people lived and explore important basic geographic concepts. The civics strand provides a study of the positive character traits exhibited by these historical figures. The economics strand continues the introduction of basic economic concepts.
  • 7. 1st Grade Standards
    • SS1H1 The student will read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history.
    • SS1G1 The student will describe the cultural and geographic systems associated with the historical figures.
    • SS1G2 The student will identify and locate his/her city, county, state, nation, and continent on a simple map or a globe.
    • SS1G3 The student will locate major topographical features of the earths surface.
    • SS1CG1 The student will describe how the historical figures in display positive character traits of fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, conservation, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
    • SS1E1 The student will identify goods that people make and services that people provide for each other.
    • SS1E2 The student will explain that people have to make choices about goods and services because of scarcity.
    • SS1E3 The student will describe how people are both producers and consumers.
    • Map and Globe Skills
  • 8. Western Expansion Based on the journals of Lewis and Clark Shoshone Canyon, Idaho
  • 9. Western Expansion Meet, Shoshone Interpreter, Sacajawea, Bird Woman Shoshone Falls, Idaho
  • 10. Western Expansion Sacajawea, kidnapped, traded, and a beacon of peace Snake River, Idaho
  • 11. Sacajawea provides a description of the characters, setting and problem for the story Welcome
  • 12. Character Traits Respect Integrity Courage Honor
  • 13. A Young Mother and Child, a Treacherous Expedition Students will be able to draw comparisons between the Native American lifestyle and the early explorers. Expert Storytelling Fascinating Historic Details
  • 14. The Lesson: Journaling Students will learn about the importance of recording details through the journals of Lewis and Clark.
  • 15. The Lesson: Preparation A graphic organizer helps students to reflect on their learning.
  • 16. The Lesson: Planning Students relate their own experiences to those of Sacajawea's and journal in meaningful personal terms.
  • 17. The Lesson: Publishing The organizer launches the final version suitable for publishing in a class book. Faux parchment provided.
  • 18. Sacajeweas Living Journal Let history reveal the learning for your 1 st and 4 th grade students. Meet Sacajawea through TMN. For Information or reservations: 770.552.6339