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Educational Service Unit 13

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Student events for 2022-2023 have been scheduled. Please contact us at soar@esu13.org to let us know which events your classes will be attending.

Kindergartners will experience hands-on history! Step into homes of the past and compare them to the present, shell and grind corn, dive into a real crank-operated washing machine, and much more!

2023 not yet scheduled

Teacher Letter

Contact Michelle Keszler (mkeszler@esu13.org) for more information.

Flowerfield Schedule

Cancellation Protocol 2022

Penmanship Master (for making more than one copybook at a time)

You can send your thank you's to: ESU #13, SOAR, 4215 Ave I, Scottsbluff NE 69361 or Banner County Historical Society, PO Box 74, Harrisburg NE 69345.

Contact Michelle Keszler (mkeszler@esu13.org) for more information.

Historic School Project Curriculum (The links below will take you to that section of the manual)

Table of Contents

Job Descriptions and Teacher Responsibilities

Name Tags and Task Cards

Daily Schedule

Orientation and Opening Exercises--It's not in the manual, but the students also need to know "My Country Tis of Thee."

Reading Lesson

Orthography Lesson

Penmanship Lesson

History/Geography Lesson

Arithmetic Lesson

Personal Hygiene Lesson

Lunch and Recreation

Museum Experience

Literature Lesson

Art Lesson

Closing Exercises


Related resources: Flowerfield School Observes 25 Years of Historic Learning-2011 Star-Herald article

                                Nebraska's One-Room Schoolhouses-Nebraska Life Magazine

Fourth grade students can attend “Tools and Technology through Time” at the Legacy of the Plains Museum in Gering. They are introduced to many forms of farm equipment from the past. Activities may include: potato cutting and planting, blacksmithing, sweep-arm grinding, baling, block and tackle, steam engine tractor, dressing a horse, and harvesting.

2022 schedule

Contact Dave Griess (dgriess@esu13.org) for more information.

It is a day spent learning about our greatest natural resources--water.

2022 schedule.

This event is an outdoor science adventure for area 6th graders. At the end of the morning or afternoon students should be able to identify at least two steps in planting a tree, describe the important of a SNAG tree, identify two tree products and their benefits, identify some of the dangers of forest firefighting, understand why team work is so important, and identify at least three different types of trees and their importance

email Deirde Amundson (damundson@esu13.org) for more information.

Science standards that will be supported during this field trip are many, including:

  • Structure and function of living (plant) systems
  • how plants and animals respond to environmental conditions
  • positive and negative effects of natural and human activity on an ecosystem
  • roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers in an ecosystem
  • life cycles of living things
  • plant functions to meet basic needs

A day just for students with disabilities! Join us for a day of feeling, smelling, hearing, and experiencing science and nature!

Construction of the Heartland Expressway from Denver to Rapid City, SD, paved the way for more vacation opportunities in western Nebraska and South Dakota. Geologic wonders, including world-class fossil finds, make this a tourist’s paleontology corridor from the Wildcat Hills of Gering, NE, to the Black Hills and Bad lands of South Dakota.

Fossil Freeway Resources

An artist and naturalist combine their expertise to bring science and art together for this classroom program. The naturalist teaches about waterfowl & their unique adaptations, migration, and the importance of wetlands as seen through the eyes of a scientist. The artist then uses this scientific observation to teach the students how to begin a realistic painting of a North American duck, goose, or swan, as an entry for the US Fish & Wildlife Service Jr. Duck Stamp Contest.

Video Resources

Naturalist Program

Artist Program

Coloring Techniques


This event is hosted by Nebraska Game and Parks. Registration information will come from Amanda Filipe. She will contact schools about scheduling.

The Regional Science Fair is for students in grades 6-12. For more information contact Deirdre Amundson (damundson@esu13.org)

This year's Fair is scheduled for March 7.

Science Fair Google Site