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TN History for Kids

Teacher's guide to Your land, my land

This page contains background information, standards correlation information and quiz answers for the first grade booklet Your land, my land: A Tennessee History for Kids booklet for Second Grade.

Rather than buying a single classroom set, please consider buying one for every student. We sell these booklets inexpensively ($2) to encourage teachers to purchase one for each student to keep. We print them on non-glossy paper so kids can write on them and make them their own.

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Chapter One: Poles, continents and water

Standards covered: 2.13, 2.14, 2.16, 2.18

QUIZ (Page 12)

1. A globe is a map of the earth on a sphere.

2. Geographers created imaginary lines such as the Equator and the Prime Meridian to help people pinpoint the location of something on earth and also so people can find their way from place to place.

(Dear Teachers: This answer is not exactly spelled out in the text, so you may get all sorts of responses to this question. If you are interested, there is a lot of information on line about who actually "created" the Equator and Prime Meridian. The concept of the "Equator" goes back centuries, perhaps even to prehistoric times. However, it wasn't until 1884 that the Prime Meridian was chosen as the line of longitude passing through Greenwich, England.)

3. Unlike a lake, a river is a body of water that flows from a higher elevation to a lower one.

4. Answers will vary, obviously.

Chapter Two: From ocean to ocean

Standards covered: 2.15, 2.17, 2.19, 2.22, 2.40

Note: On page 18, the reader is asked from which state was the photo taken. The answer is Indiana! After all, if the Ohio River is in front of you, and the city of Louisville is behind it, you must be in Indiana.

QUIZ (Page 26)

1. Hawaii and Alaska are the only two states that are not contiguous.

2. Clingman's Dome is 6,643 feet above sea level. Mount Whitney is 14,505 feet above sea level.

3. If you live in Tennessee, the furthest city on the list is Seattle, Washington. It is about 2,500 miles from Nashville to Seattle. (In case you are wondering, it is about 2,000 miles from Nashville to Los Angeles.)

4. Answers will vary. (Based on the photograph on page 22 and 23, the Grand Canyon may be a very popular choice!)

Chapter Three: Colonies and states

Standards covered: 2.23, 2.24, 2.25, 2.26

QUIZ (Page 34)

1. The colonies that created the United States were originally part of Great Britain.

2. The U.S. Constitution explains the way that the U.S. government is organized.

3. The Bill of Rights ensures American citizens the right of free speech, the right to worship as you please, and the right to hold meetings without fear that the meeting will be broken up by soldiers, among many other things. (For a more detailed explanation of this, check out this resource.)

4. The system of checks and balances was set up to keep one branch of the U.S. government from getting too powerful.

SIDEBAR: Dawn's early light - Standards covered: 2.21, 2.40

Chapter Four: A free country

Standards covered: 2.27, 2.28, 2.29, 2.30, 2.31. 2.40

QUIZ (Page 42)

1. Answers will vary. Among the examples of laws mentioned in this booklet are the laws against hurting and killing people, taking or selling illegal drugs, stealing, speeding and not paying taxes. But there are many other laws, or course.

2. Taxes are the money people have to pay for the cost of government.

3. Answers will vary. There are several duties listed on pages 39-41.

4. It is important that people try to be good citizens because without good citizens our system of government probably won't work.

Chapter Five: In the past

Standards covered: 2.34, 2.35, 2.38, 2.40

QUIZ (Page 48)

1. History is our understanding of events that happened in the past that people believe to be important today. (Please note: There are a lot of ways to define the word "history." If a student comes up with his or her own definition, then good for them!)

2. There are 12 months in a year and 100 years in a century. So there are 1,200 months in a century!

3. Answers will vary. The inventions mentioned in this booklet are the electric refrigerator, the airplane, the television set, the personal computer and the internet.

Chapter Six: Biographies

Standard covered: 2.32

Chapter Seven: We produce, we consume

Standard: 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 2.10, 2.40

QUIZ (Page 65)

1. Answers will vary. Among the things students are likely to mention are: cars, clothing, pencils, groceries, bicycles, paper, and the list goes on and on.

2. If the shirt that an American is wearing was made in Mexico, that makes the shirt an IMPORT from the point of view of the American but an EXPORT from the point of view of the Mexican. Confusing, isn't it?

3. This question is meant to get students thinking about this. If the demand for something goes up and the supply remains the same, then this CAN result in an increase in the price because the person selling the product can get away with charging more. (However, the school lunchroom isn't allowed to raise their price based on demand!)

SIDEBAR: Blowpops and baked beans - Standard: 2.20

Chapter Eight: Farms to music

Standard: 2.36, 2.40

QUIZ (Page 73)

1. farms

2. insurance

3. WSM (By the way, WSM is still around! It is an AM station in Nashville at 650 on the radio dial)

4.Grand Ole Opry

5. country

(The man on the bottom right of the photo on page 70-71 is legendary country music singer Roy Acuff.)

Chapter Nine: Common Ground

Standards: 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6, 2.40

QUIZ (Page 79)

1. Four that are listed in the booklet are Scots-Irish culture on the life of many early Tennesseans, including Andrew Jackson; Swiss culture in the development of Gruetli-Laager; Czech culture on the mining communities in Putnam County; and Chickasaw and Cherokee culture on the Native Americans.

2. Answers may vary. Cultures often consist of different languages, practices, songs, food and many other things which differentiate themselves from each other.

3. Answers may vary. Some students may say that it is great that there are so many cultures represented in America and some may say that it is not so great.

(A couple of tidbits from this chapter: The Scots-Irish festival shown on page 75 takes place in Dandridge every September. The powow shown on page 76 is sponsored by Indian Creek Productions, and occurs in Knoxville every August. The Sri Ganest Temple shown on page 77 is less than a mile south of Interstate 40, at exit 201).

SIDEBAR: Yodeling cowboys -Standard: 2.1, 2.4, 2.39

SIDEBAR: How possum lost his tail - Standard: 2.2