This "Solar System" quilt was made by Ellen Harding Baker of Cedar County, Iowa, in 1876.
Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration: 40 minutes
Date Posted: 11/4/2009
Make your own constellation commemorating an American woman, like Maria Mitchell. Many cultures have used constellations to remember the stories of heroes, like the Greeks and some American Indians. Included in an OurStory module from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled Exploring the Sky, this activity is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.
Standards in History (Grades K-4)
United States History Standards (Grades 5-12)
2: How the industrial revolution, increasing immigration, the rapid expansion of slavery, and the westward movement changed the lives of Americans and led toward regional tensions
3: The extension, restriction, and reorganization of political democracy after 1800
4: The sources and character of cultural, religious, and social reform movements in the antebellum period