Title of Lesson:Shakers and Movers#113

National Standard: 13How the forces of cooperation and conflict among people influence the division and control of Earth's surface.
State Standard: 13

Teaching Level: E

Lesson Introduction:
Marion Stoddart is one of those dynamic people often referred to as a "shaker and mover". Because of her efforts the Nashua River Clean-up Committee was formed in 1962. In 1969 the committee renamed itself the Nashua River Watershed Association.

Objectives/Purpose:
- to see how an idea can develop
- develop enthusiastic supporters to solve a problem
- see how cooperation can "move mountains"
- to understand how one person can make a difference
Materials:

sticky tags and markers for special name tags

Procedure:
1. Make special nametags for each student.
The tags should include: Marion Stoddart, Oweana, the town's people that live along the river, papermill owners, town official, state officials, lumber owners, foresters, factory and business owners, politicians, mayor, and anyone else affected by the river.
2. Each child should choose a tag and assume that role.
3. Students act out the scene where Oweana goes to Marion then she goes to the people along the river and gathers enthusiastic helpers who write partitions, etc. The combined efforts eventually cause national and state laws to be changed.

Evaluation/Assessment:
What local issue could the children relate this story to?
Is there an issue they could take on in this manner?

Enrichment/Extension:
Identify and follow through with a special need in the community. Invite others join in the effort.
Reflection:
How successful was this lesson? Did all students benefit? Were there any surprises? What might you do differently another time? Please note any changes that will make this lesson more effective and useful in the future and pass them along to the NHGA. We appreciate your comments.
Thank you.
The authors. *


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