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Land – Preserving, Protecting and Providing

Even before the United States was created, what brought people to North America was the idea of owning land. To become the United States, the colonies had to give up claims to western lands. With the passage of the Land Ordinance of 1785, the Articles of Confederation set the standardized system for surveying and selling the land. Under the Lincoln Administration in 1862, the Homestead Act was passed. Each homesteader claiming 160 acres, had to live on the land, build a home, make improvements and farm for 5 years before they were eligible to own it. A veteran of the Civil War was allowed to count “time served” toward those five years. The Homestead Act was repealed in 1976 with another ten years given to Alaska. Just under 300,000,000 acres were homesteaded. Let students discuss where they would have homesteaded. What challenges would they face, (such as grass fires, grasshoppers, lack of water, blizzards)? How did this law impact Native Americans? How did the nation benefit from this law? Download the Homestead Act lesson for free at www.fdclessons.com/samples

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While the Homestead Act provided land for individuals, the Federal Government also preserved land for future generations. Ten years after the Homestead Act was passed, President Grant created Yellowstone National Park. Teddy Roosevelt became known as the “conservation president” as he protected nearly 230 million acres of land under the 1906 American Antiquities Act. National parks and monuments were individually managed under the Interior Dept, until August 25, 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill that mandated the National Park Service "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the NPS, let your students explore www.findyourpark.com and add their own stories. Identify the national parks that students have visited and the role that local city parks play in their lives. Why is it important to have “green space” for all to enjoy?

Celebrating Wyoming Statehood -Yellowstone FDC

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FDC Lessons-­‐-­‐TEACH HISTORY USING FIRST DAY COVERS

eBooks! United States History and Texas History

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The Battles of Lexington & Concord

James Madison

Sojourner Truth

Civil War Centennial First Day Issue

United States History 1607-1877

Set One – Colonies through Revolutionary War 1607-1783 – 13 Lessons

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Set Two – New Government – New Nation 1783-1820 – 11 Lessons

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Set Three – Pre Civil War 1820-1860 – 11 Lessons

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Set Four – Civil War – Reconstruction 1860-1877 – 12 Lessons

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Statue of Liberty First Day Issue

James Montgomery Flagg

FDR First Day Issue

Tear Down This Wall First Day Issue

United States History 1877-2001

Set Five – Gilded Age through Progressive Era 1877-1912 – 19 Lessons

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Set Six – World War I through Roaring Twenties 1912-1933 - 10 Lessons

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Set Seven – Great Depression through World War II 1933-1945 – 11 Lessons

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Set Eight – Cold War and Civil Rights 1945-2001 – 19 Lessons

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Texas History

Set Nine – Coronado through President G.W. Bush – 19 Lessons

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Texas Reader – Including and Such As Texans – 20 Biographies of Texans

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Each FDC Lessons eBook provides the teacher with warm up or review lessons including first day cover images as well as other primary sources as called for in the lesson. Each lesson is based on the students analyzing the images found on a first day cover (an envelope containing a commemorative stamp, appropriate postmark and artwork). The lessons provide the teacher with strategies to hook students on the topic of study, such as questions targeting the 5W/H as well as analyzing, generalizing, drawing inferences or conclusions, and cause and effect. Images can be projected onto a white board for whole class discussion or printed out for individual student work. Other primary sources (diary entries, letters, resolutions and excerpts from speeches) where appropriate may be included in the lesson, and each lesson has a concluding activity. The lessons can be a quick introduction to a fuller lesson all ready created by the teacher, or it can be a way to provide students with the images and facts needed to remember the history necessary to pass the state standardized tests. Lessons provide procedures, discussion questions, teacher notes, activities, Web sites, and one to four color reproductions of the first day covers. The eBooks are in pdf format. When purchased, each will be downloaded directly to your computer.

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