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July 2002

Camp Silos
Learn about our agricultural heritage
GRADE LEVEL: Professional


Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area sponsors CampSilos, an interactive educational Web site for children that highlights the development of American agriculture.
Camp Silos has a crisp, clean, user-friendly interface with adequate white space and nice graphics.
The site is well organized and easy to navigate. Main sections of the site are linked on the home page, and each internal page has a left-side navigation menu with a link back to the home page.
Camp Silos teaches students about the development of American agriculture in a fun, interactive way. The site is divided into four learning modules: Exploring the Prairie, Pioneer Farming, The Story of Corn, and Farming Today & Tomorrow.Each learning module contains a teacher and a student area. The student areas feature Web-based lessons, such as scavenger hunts, WebQuests, mystery photos, interactive games, simulations and opportunities to explore historical documents. The teacher areas have module overviews, lesson plans, evaluation rubrics, field trip guides, and resources and "Webliographies." Be sure to check out the video of baby pigs being born! This is a well-done site, and the lessons are all ready to use.

Review by Hazel Jobe
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