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Use this section to pick and choose video stories, discussion questions, and activities organized by curriculum theme.

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Disciplines: Interdisciplinary, including Social Studies, Arts, Math, Science, Language Arts

Level: Middle school, adaptable for older and younger students

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Western PA History: Frontiers, Forts, and Factories

The "Forks of the Ohio" has had to "re-invent" itself again and again in order to survive its 250 years. From a trading outpost to a military battlefield. . . from a tiny village to a city ablaze with industry. . . Pittsburgh and the region is constantly changing.

Connections: Social Studies, language arts, math.

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Bridges and Buildings

The structures of our city tell much about the people who built and used them. The region's fascinating architecture becomes inspiration for learning about the history, art, and science hidden in the built environment of our communities.

Connections: Science, math, art, social studies.

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Rivers and Valleys: Geography and topography

First the land shaped us: mountains impeded travel and rivers eased it. Then we shaped the land: leveling mountains, filling valleys with new transportation and construction technologies. Our current challenge is making peace with our environment.

Connections: Social Studies, geography, earth science, environment, math, technology.

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Creating Community: Home and heritage

What makes a mere place a home? People! Individuals live in families who create cultures who gather in communities who settle in neighborhoods. Traditions and heroes help cultures pass on their beliefs and values. It's not always a harmonious process, but we do our best to live together.

Connections: Social Studies, language arts.

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The Arts in Pittsburgh: Expressing ourselves

The arts help humans express what is important and see things as if for the first time. Through good times and bad times, Pittsburgh artists, writers, musicians, dancers, and dramatists have helped us all be a little more human.

Connections: Language arts, art, music, dance, drama.

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Having Fun: Sports and leisure

We Pittsburghers know how to work, but we also know how to have a good time. Even at the same time! We haven't always had leisure, but we've always had fun: sports, parks, amusements, hobbies and other diversions.

Connections: Social Studies, language arts, physical education.

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Western PA History | Bridges & Buildings | Rivers & Valleys | Creating Community | The Arts | Having Fun

Pittsburgh History Series Teacher's Guide

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