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Explore Your Community: A Poster for Teachers and Students, Part 3

Posted by: Stephanie Hall

This is part three of a three-part series presenting the lesson suggestions on the Explore Your Community Poster (PDF), designed for middle school and high school classrooms. Read Part One. Read Part Two. Mapping Your World All communities—whether urban, suburban, or rural—have their own cultural heritage. Did you ever explain your neighborhood to someone visiting …

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Explore Your Community: A Poster for Teachers and Students, Part 1

Posted by: Stephanie Hall

This is part one of a three-part series presenting the lesson suggestions on the Explore Your Community Poster (PDF), designed for middle school and high school classrooms. Read Part Two. Read Part Three. The American Folklife Center and the the Rural School and Community Trust collaborated on an educational poster designed for middle and high school …

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Songs from Cuban Americans in Florida, 1939-1940

Posted by: Stephanie Hall

A team of folklorists made recordings of Cuban folk and dance hall music as part of projects to document Florida arts for the WPA (Works Progress Administration).  Found online in the presentation Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections, 1938-1942, these recordings occurred at a time when old songs from rural Cuba could still be found, …

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Cooling Off at Beaches, Lakes, and Ponds

Posted by: Stephanie Hall

When I was growing up going swimming near home usually meant going to a public pool, or possibly a nearby man-made lake.  But when we visited relatives in the summer swimming more often was at the beach, at a lake, or at a quiet section of a river. I liked swimming in natural waters, but …