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© 2001-2005 Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area. All rights reserved.

Made possible by a grant from the R. J. McElroy Trust

Many thanks to the individuals and organizations who granted permission to use photos, maps, drawings, illustrations and graphics to enhance this project.

Production team members included:

Interactive Internet-Delivered Training, L.L.C.
Web Developer - Nicholle Stone
Graphic Designer - Jayne Z. Curtis
Instructional Designer - Joan M. Vandervelde
Instructional Designer - Dr. Lynn E. Nielsen

Project Description
CampSilos is an educational Web site focusing on the development of American agriculture. Targeting students in grades 4-8, the site provides online educational material related to the natural prairie, pioneer farm life, early agricultural technology, the story of corn from its early Indian origins to the present, and 21st century technological advances including applications of GPS and biotechnology.

Using cutting-edge technology, student activities and teacher lesson plans feature such diverse activities as virtual field trips, mystery photos, group games, problem-based activities, primary source materials, scavenger hunt and history detective research using online resources and links to national standards. Students can even watch the birth of baby pigs!

How to Use This Web Site
The site is structured around four thematic modules: Exploring the Prairie, Pioneer Farming, The Story of Corn and Farming Today and Tomorrow. Teachers and students can access information in several ways.

The four modules are located in the main navigation menu. Each module is organized around three sections: student pages, teacher pages, and teaching/learning resources.

For each module, the student pages provide individual and group activities linked to the resource pages. In addition, all student pages include links at the top and bottom of each page to all other activity pages in the module.

The teacher pages for each module are linked to national standards and include goals and objectives, lesson plans for each student activity page and links to teaching/learning resources.

A site map and search feature are also linked from each student and teacher page. Clicking on site map link will take the user to the appropriate activity, lesson plan, or resource Web page. Educators may find it beneficial to print the site map to include in their lesson plan book for easy access when seeking Web-based resources for teaching units.

Internet Citation Formats

APA Reference:
Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area (2001, June 10) CampSilos.      Retrieved Month Day, Year from the World Wide Web:

MLA Reference:
Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area. CampSilos. 10 June 2001.
     Day Month Year Accessed <>.

Format for Elementary Students

Contact information:

Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area
Post Office Box 2845
Waterloo, Iowa 50704-2845
Voice: (319) 234-4567
FAX: (319) 234-8228
Email: [email protected]

Last Updated: February 7, 2002
Pages created: June 10, 2001

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