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Aberdeen History Lessons


Happy 125th Birthday, Aberdeen!Aberdeen, South Dakota, is your hometown. Perhaps you were born here, or maybe you moved here with your family, either way you are living in a town that celebrated its 125th birthday in 2006. Do you know or can you imagine what Aberdeen was like in 1881 when it was founded? How was your town started? Who decided where your town would be? How was its name chosen? Who were the people who came to live here? What did Aberdeen look like to its first settlers? Do you think those pioneers would recognize their hometown today?

Let’s "Celebrate A Great Hometown" and learn about the history of Aberdeen, your hometown. To help you learn about some of the buildings that our earPatches, the friendly ghostly settlers built and used, you will see “Patches” the friendly ghost of old Aberdeen. Patches will share some of his favorite memories with you and tell you about the buildings that only he can remember since they have been torn down and replaced with the modern buildings you see in Aberdeen today.

Railroad engineAre you ready to find out about Aberdeen, your hometown?

Let’s begin our lesson!

Unit 1: How Aberdeen was Founded
Title Subject Printable version Web activity
How Aberdeen Was Founded history click here click here
Patches  shows  us Mr. Mills' Drugstore buildings click here  
Aberdeen is the Hub City railroad click here  
Word Search game click here  
Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle vocabulary click here  
Vocabulary list vocabulary click here  

 

Unit 2: What Aberdeen Looked Like in 1881
Title Subject Printable version Web activity
What Aberdeen Looked Like in 1881 history click here click here
Patches  shows  us the Grain Palace buildings click here  
Early Aberdeen Grows Quickly map click here  
Prairie Ecosystem game click here  
Create Your Own Grain Palace craft/color page click here  
Vocabulary Word Scramble vocabulary click here  
Vocabulary list vocabulary click here  

 

Unit 3: Schools for Aberdeen Children
Title Subject Printable version Web activity
Schools for Aberdeen Children history click here click here
Who My School Was Named After history click here click here
What Some Schools Looked Like buildings click here click here
Words for Me to Learn vocabulary click here  
Science activity science click here  
Patches  shows  us Jefferson School color page click here  
School Name Matching game click here  

 

Unit 4: Weather in Aberdeen
Title Subject Printable version Web activity
Weather in Aberdeen history click here click here
Weather in Aberdeen - Pictures history click here   
Words for Me to Learn vocabulary click here  
Crossword Puzzle puzzle click here   
Flags That Talk science click here  
Patches - Central Building Fire of 1961 color page click here  

 

Unit 5: Aberdeen Railroad Depots: Centers for Activity
Title Subject Printable version Web activity
Aberdeen Railroad Depots: Centers for Activity history click here click here
Jobs on the Railroad history click here click here
Words for Me to Learn vocabulary click here  
Railroad Depot Word Search puzzle click here  
Patches - Milwaukee Depot color page click here  
How a Steam Locomotive Works science click here  
Boxcar activity puzzle click here  

 

Unit 6: Getting From Place to Place in Aberdeen
Title Subject Printable version Web activity
Getting From Place to Place in Aberdeen history click here click here
Words for Me to Learn vocabulary click here  
Word Scramble puzzle click here  
Patches - Streetcar color page click here  
Transportation Timeline history click here  
Bicycles of the Past science click here  

 

A Note to Teachers:

This set of worksheets is intended to be used in your classroom and to be tailored as necessary to fit the needs of your class. The worksheets are to introduce concepts about Aberdeen history to your class in an interactive manner.

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