[RELO] American Culture Series: Exploring Frontiers

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  • From the painting "Lewis and Clark at Three Forks" by Edgar S. Paxson. Image courtesy of Lewis and Clark 2001, the Montana Historical Society, NOAA/OER
  • From the painting "Lewis and Clark at Three Forks" by Edgar S. Paxson. Image courtesy of Lewis and Clark 2001, the Montana Historical Society, NOAA/OER
  • From the painting "Lewis and Clark at Three Forks" by Edgar S. Paxson. Image courtesy of Lewis and Clark 2001, the Montana Historical Society, NOAA/OER
  • From the painting "Lewis and Clark at Three Forks" by Edgar S. Paxson. Image courtesy of Lewis and Clark 2001, the Montana Historical Society, NOAA/OER
  • This painting (circa 1872) by John Gast called American Progress, is an allegorical representation of the modernization of the new west. Here Columbia, a personification of the United States, leads civilization westward with American settlers, stringing telegraph wire as she sweeps west; she holds a school book. The different stages of economic activity of the pioneers are highlighted and, especially, the changing forms of transportation.
  • First – go over questions submitted by audience:Second – add in missing questions
  • Additional Skills: Explaining, Justifying, Arguing, Negotiating, Prioritizing, Classifying
  • [RELO] American Culture Series: Exploring Frontiers

    1. 1. American CultureWebinarsForEnglish Language TeachersBrought to you by :U.S. Embassy Lima’s Public Affairs Section
    2. 2. WELCOME!Our goal: to provide info on U.S. cultureAND to help you create an effective plan to use inyour classroom.Please ask questions! That’s why we’re here.
    3. 3. What are we discussing today?Painting of Lewis and Clark by Michael Deas
    4. 4. • Teach students about America’s Frontier and Legacy ofExploration• Expand the definition of Frontiers to include Oceans andSpace (and others?)• Discuss how Humans (with motivation and education) andTechnology work together to explore new frontiers; Discuss howexploration and conservation go hand in hand• Use language skills to fuel Exploration and Conservation
    5. 5. Photo of Buzz Aldrin on the Moon, courtesy of NASAPhoto of Aquarius Laboratory by Brian Skerry, National Geographic
    6. 6. From the painting "Lewis and Clark at Three Forks" by Edgar S. Paxson. Image courtesy of Lewis and Clark 2001, the MontanaHistorical Society, NOAA/OER
    7. 7. Exploration and ExpansionAcross the American Frontier“American Progress” by John Gast,circa 1872Photo of Woman at Auburn Ravine, part of California Gold Rush,courtesy of California State Library
    8. 8. What do Frontiers Mean today?• Frontiers are always evolving – Exploration isnot over!• Exploration today is about Science andTechnology• Two interesting frontiers: Oceans and Space– Focus has changed. We must protect ourfrontiers, not just expand.– Conservation and responsible exploration.
    9. 9. NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer passing by the Golden Gate Bridge (Photo Credit: NOAA)
    10. 10. President Barack Obama’s Proclamation forNational Oceans Month, 2013“From providing food and energy to helping sustain our climate and our security, the oceans play acritical role in nearly every part of our national life. They connect us to countries around the world,and support transportation and trade networks that grow our economy. For millions of Americans, ourcoasts are also a gateway to good jobs and a decent living. All of us have a stake in keeping theoceans, coasts, and Great Lakes clean and productive -- which is why we must manage them wiselynot just in our time, but for generations to come.Rising to meet that test means addressing threats like overfishing, pollution, and climate change.Alongside partners at every level of government and throughout the private sector, my Administrationis taking up that task. Earlier this year, we finalized a plan to turn our National Ocean Policy intoconcrete actions that protect the environment, streamline Federal operations, and promote economicgrowth. The plan charts a path to better decision-making through science and data sharing, and itensures tax dollars are spent more efficiently by reducing duplication and cutting red tape. Best of all, itputs stock in the American people -- drawing on their knowledge and empowering communities tobring local solutions to the challenges we face.By making smart choices in ocean management, we can give our businesses the tools they need tothrive while protecting the long-term health of our marine ecosystems. Let us mark this month byrenewing those goals, reinvesting in our coastal economies, and recommitting to good stewardship inthe years ahead.”--Excerpt from the Proclamation issued by the White House on May 31, 2013
    11. 11. History of NASA and the Space RacePhotos of President John F. Kennedy and Apollo 11 crewcourtesy of NASA archives
    12. 12. NASA Engineers Visit PeruThree Peruvian-American NASA scientists during their visit to CuscoFrom left to right: Aracely Quispe, Rosa Avalos and Melisa Soriano
    13. 13. Lunar Reconnaissance OrbiterArtist rendering of LRO courtesy of NASA. Photo of Aracely Quispe talking with youth at ExpoTIC faircourtesy of U.S. Embassy Lima
    14. 14. Mars Curiosity RoverArtist renderings of Mars Curiosity courtesy of NASA.Photo of Melisa Sorino meeting with student inPuno courtesy of U.S. Embassy Lima
    15. 15. International Space StationArtist rendering of ISS and Photo of Rosa Avalos courtesy of NASA.
    16. 16. Plan your Lesson Plan1) What are your topics?2) What kind of questions/conversations starterswill you ask?3) What new vocabulary do you need?4) What activities can you do with your students?
    17. 17. VocabularyExplore, Exploration WaterwayFrontier ConservationDiscovery Outer SpaceEnvironment AstronautAdapt, Adaptation Oceanographer“Manifest Destiny” EngineerEthos Scientist
    18. 18. Discussion Questions• Would you like to be an explorer and if so, what would youexplore?• Would you rather explore the deepest ocean or the farthestreaches of outer space and why?• If you were living on the frontier in the United States duringthe 1800s, what do you think would be the most fun part?The most challenging?• Who is responsible for caring for our lakes, rivers, andoceans? How can we take care of these waterways?• What is the “ethos” or guiding belief or characteristic thatrepresents your country or community? Does one exist? Ifyou could create one, what would it be?
    19. 19. Activities1) Activity #1 – World Oceans Day Promise2) Activity #2 – NASA Space Station Challenge
    20. 20. Activity #1 – World Oceans Day: APromise to Keep Our Waters Clean
    21. 21. Make a Promise for the Oceanhttp://worldoceansday.org/promise/Discuss with students the importance of oceans andwater sources to different communities.Have students make a promise - something they can do tohelp protect the earth’s water and environment. Itshould be something realistic (i.e. I will shut the wateroff when I am brushing my teeth). Have studentscreate a poster of their promise.Show the world! Take a photo of students with theirmessage and post on a social media site such asFacebook and tag with #WorldOceansDay.
    22. 22. Activity #2 – NASA Space Station Challenge
    23. 23. Imagine you are packing for a three-month stay on the InternationalSpace Station (ISS). You can only take five items with you. You mustbe able to carry all five items since storage is in short supply on theISS. List the five items you would bring and explain why you chosethose items.Source: www.nasa.gov
    24. 24. Imagine you are packing for a three-month stay on the International Space Station(ISS). You can only take five items with you. You must be able to carry all five itemssince storage is in short supply on the ISS. List the five items you would bring andexplain why you chose those items.Item Reason1. _______________________ _________________________________2. _______________________ _________________________________3. _______________________ _________________________________4. _______________________ _________________________________5. _______________________ _________________________________Example:I would bring a “How Speak Alien” phrase book. You never know when youmight meet an extra-terrestrial! 
    25. 25. NASA has over-estimated the weight the ISS can carry and mustimmediately downsize. Between you and your fellow spacetravelers, you may now only bring 3 items. Compare your lists.Together, decide what 3 items you will bring. Be sure to explainhow you reach your decision.Source: www.nasa.gov
    26. 26. NASA has over-estimated the weight the ISS can carry and must immediatelydownsize. Between you and your fellow space travelers, you may now only bring 3items. Compare your lists. Together, decide what 3 items you will bring. Be sure toexplain how you reach your decision.Item Reason1. _______________________ _________________________________2. _______________________ _________________________________3. _______________________ _________________________________
    27. 27. What skills did you need toeffectively complete thisactivity?What other skills were needed?
    28. 28. ResourcesAmerican English webpage– americanenglish.state.govRELO Andes webpage– reloandes.com (link to this presentation foundhere!)
    29. 29. Oceans and Space WebsitesNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Association• http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/welcome.htmlSmithsonian Institution Ocean Portal• http://ocean.si.edu/for-educatorsNASA• http://www.nasa.gov• http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/dayinthelife/index.html
    30. 30. QUESTIONS?Remember:You can check out the webinars and thecorresponding resources on theRELO Andes blog - reloandes.com

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