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A visit to Smithfield can enhance the learning of American History. Such a visit can assist students in understanding the role played by those living in and around Smithfield in the early years of the Old Dominion and the United States of America.
The materials included here are keyed to the Virginia Standards of Learning for 4th grade and are meant to illustrate how a visit to Smithfield can help teach the SOLs. The SOL units were created by a group comprised of an elementary school principal, two secondary level history teachers, and a university Dean of Education. They were reviewed by groups of teachers in public schools as well as teachers involved in home schooling as they were developed. Of course, we hope that teachers will want to bring their students to visit Smithfield but the materials are available for use by all teachers free of charge.
The material on our web site is only part of the complete SOL kit. To check-out an SOL kit, please contact April Danner, Deputy Museum Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Unit 1 - Physical Geography||Unit 2 - Native Americans|
|Unit 3 - Colonists and Settlers||Unit 4 - Colonial Era and Revolutionary War|
|Unit 5 - Transportation||Unit 6 - Civil War Era|