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“Terrific Tippecanoe County” Resources

Grades 3-5

DIGGING DEEPER for high-level thinking…
Amelia Earhart is a treasure of Purdue University.  She became an American icon as the first woman to successfully complete a trans-Atlantic flight after Charles Lindbergh.  In her attempt to circumnavigate the globe she and her navigator disappeared in one of the most captivating historical mysteries of all time.  Learn more about Amelia Earhart, and identify reasons for her renowned historic significance.  

Check out the local scenes in the artwork by Aldis Knight at the Artists’ Own Gallery in Lafayette.  Take a picture or create your own illustration of something in your neighborhood or your back yard that catches your eye.  Write a poem or descriptive paragraph that will fully embellish your artwork.  Feel free to send successful projects online (include name & address of artist) to We will share the best 5 examples with the Indiana Humanities Council!

In many episodes of “Savor Indiana,” we see how rivers can shape communities.  Lafayette / West Lafayette is a perfect example of ways that people use these rich resources to establish great places to live.  Look at the information on the Wabash River, and then identify any significant water resources within your community.  How do these resources affect you?
CORE CONNECTIONS for Extended Learning…
LANGUAGE ARTS: Look at the map and the information from the Columbian Zoo in Lafayette, IN.  Pretend that you are a tour guide and tell a classmate about an animal you think would be the most interesting.  Draw a picture and include descriptive details!

SOCIAL STUDIES:  Tecumseh was a great Shawnee chief who united many tribes in an attempt to hold onto the land when white settlers began to move in.  The U.S. government eventually forced the Shawnee and other tribes into new areas.  Try to think of some ways that the settlers and the Indians could have worked together to make the most of the land and its resources.

SCIENCE: Historic Prophetstown is also a working farm that offers a wide range of products in addition to its Agritourism attractions. Learn more about the Belgian Draft Horses and identify the ways that horse farming is efficient as well as green!
MATHEMATICS: Maps usually have a scale that shows distance among places. Check out the map of Tippecanoe County. Look at the scale in the LOWER RIGHT CORNER of the map. (1 inch = 0.5 miles) Estimate the distance of the Wabash River from the north end of the Lafayette Municipal Golf Course to the south end of Digby Park

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