Life at Fort Sisseton in the late 1800's
Students explore life at Fort Sisseton in the late 1800's. They compare and contrast life today and life in the 1800's. They take a video tour of the Fort. Students discuss their observations.
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Designing a Skyscraper
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2nd - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
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4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
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8 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History
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