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FREE - Homestead Act of 1862 (K-5th grades)

from Homestead National Monument of America

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The Homestead Act of 1862 had far reaching impacts on the United States including western expansion, immigration, technological innovation, transforming the Great Plains into the “Bread Basket of the World”, and forever altering the way of life of American Indians. In this lesson students and a park ranger will explore the history leading up to the Homestead Act of 1862, examine the requirements for making a claim and receiving a patent, and think critically about the far reaching impacts of this significant piece of legislation.

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Cost

Multipoint: $0.00
View Only: 0.00
Point to Point: $0.00
By Request: $0.00

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Homestead National Monument of America does not charge a fee for any of its programs.

Length

30-35, but program can be modified to fit any schedule


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Minimum participants:

None

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum number of participants, but groups of 20-30 are preferred to provide more interaction.


Primary Disciplines

International, Social Studies/History, Foreign/World Languages, Health/Physical Education, Language Arts/English, Mathematics, Sciences, Technology/Information Science, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Problem Solving


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)
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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjSEZ1DE4cBHHZWnUHmyxVQ


Booking Information

During the months of September, October, April and May the times available for programs will be reduced as the park is heavily involved with on-site field trips during these months. However, please contact us as we may have days/times available that can work for your classroom.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Homestead National Monument of America appreciates cancellations within 48 hours. If a program is cancelled, every effort will be made to reschedule.

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Homestead National Monument of America

Beatrice, NE
United States

With the promise of Free Land, the Homestead Act of 1862 enticed millions to cultivate the frontier. Families, immigrants, women, and freed slaves flooded 10 percent of the nation’s land to chase their American Dream. American Indian cultures and natural environments gave way to diverse settlement, agricultural success, and industrial advancement—building our nation and changing the land forever. Homestead National Monument of America interprets the Homestead Act of 1862 and tells the stories of the homesteading era.

Contact:
David Graveline-Education Program Specialist
home_education@nps.gov
4022233514

Program Details

Format

1. This program begins with a brief introduction to the National Park Service for first time students of our programs.
2. A discussion is held on where the United States acquired all the land it gave away under the Homestead Act of 1862.
3. The impact the Civil War had on the passage of the Homestead Act.
4. What were the requirements of the Homestead Act.
5. What were the impacts of the Homestead Act-with a video.
6. Summary

Objectives

The participant will:
- explore the impacts of the Civil War on the Homestead Act of 1862.
- develop an understanding of the requirements of receiving Free Land under the Homestead Act of 1862.
- engage in discussion about the affects of the Homestead Act of 1862.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K1 through 3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1 through 3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1 through 3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1 through 3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1 through 3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1 through 3


NSS-G.K-12.4 HUMAN SYSTEMS
Understand the characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations on Earth's surface.
Understand the processes,patterns, and functions of human settlement.
Understand how the forces of cooperation and conflict among people influence the division and control of Earth's surface.

NSS-G.K-12.5 ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY
Understand how human actions modify the physical environment.
Understand how physical systems affect human systems.
Understand the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources.

NSS-G.K-12.6 THE USES OF GEOGRAPHY
Understand how to apply geography to interpret the past.
Understand how to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future.

NSS-USH.K-4 LIVING AND WORKING TOGETHER IN FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES, NOW AND LONG AGO
Understand family life now and in the past, and family life in various places long ago.
Understands the history of the local community and how communities in North America varied long ago.

NSS-USH.K-4.2 THE HISTORY OF STUDENTS OWN STATE OR REGION
Understands the people, events, problems, and ideas that were significant in creating the history of their state.

NSS-USH.5-12.4 ERA 4: EXPANSION AND REFORM (1801-1861)
Understands United States territorial expansion between 1801 and 1861, and how it affected relations with external powers and American Indians.
Understands how the industrial revolution, increasing immigration, the rapid expansion of slavery, and the westward movement changed the lives of Americans and led toward regional tensions.