History Nebraska Toolkit: Nebraska Unwrapped

From prehistory to the present, from stone tools to DVDs, History Nebraska keeps all manner of objects. These objects can tell us all kinds of stories, but today we're focused on answering just one question:

Why do people come to Nebraska?

These 5 videos will help you come up with your own answers to that question by showing you different historical objects and encouraging you to think about how they answer the question of why people come to Nebraska. The videos are part of a larger series, so more will be coming in later days. Be sure to check back and see what other objects and stories we have for you!

Each of these videos will have questions for you to answer with an Active Listening Worksheet. This video explains more about the worksheets.

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Topics in this video

  • Why we are watching these videos.
    • To collect information on this essential question: Why do people come to Nebraska?
  • Some examples of modern people answering the essential question.
  • What else you can do after watching these videos.

Active Listening Questions

Click here to download the Active Listening Worksheet for this video.

  1. Do you know why your family first came to Nebraska?
  2. Is there someone you could ask or call and ask today about your family story of why they came to Nebraska?

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Topics in this video

  • How can an object's details give us clues about its use and meaning?
  • Why people were leaving Norway in the late 1800s.
  • What people in Norway thought the United States would be like and how we know that.

Active Listening Questions

Click here to download the Active Listening Worksheet for this video.

  1. What stood out to you about the trunk?
  2. What percent of the land in Norway can be farmed?
  3. What detail stood out to you in this story of why people came to Nebraska?

Vocab Boost

Watch this Vocab Boost video to learn more about these Vocabulary words and the cool trunk they help us understand:

  • Immigrate
  • Certificate (marriage and birth)
  • Farmable (land)

Additional Resources


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Topics in this video

  • Work of harvesting sugar beets & why families wanted to do it.
  • How a sugar beet knife works.
  • How a recording device from the 1990s is different and similar to a phone for recording sound.

Active Listening Questions

Click here to download the Active Listening Worksheet for this video.

  1. What details do you notice about this knife?
  2. How is this oral history equipment different from the equipment you use to record things?
  3. What else stands out to you while listening to this story?
  4. What else did you hear in that recording?
  5. What detail stood out to you in this story of why people came to Nebraska?​

Additional Resources


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Topics in this video

  • How can an object's details give us clues about its use and meaning?
  • What it means to be a Paralypian track athlete.
  • Do Omaha Indian people still live in Nebraska and what are their lives like?

Active Listening Questions

Click here to download the Active Listening Worksheet for this video.

  1. How is this racing chair similar to a bicycle?
  2. How is this racing chair different from a bicycle
  3. Have you ever run on a track before? What was it like?
  4. What detail stood out to you in this story of why people came to Nebraska?

Vocab Boost

Watch this Vocab Boost video to learn more about these Vocabulary words and the cool racing chair they help us understand:

  • Paralympics
  • Sprint
  • Role Model

Additional Resources

Read more in the The Nebraska Adventure (4th grade textbook) about tribes in Nebraska celebrating culture today on page 194. ​


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Topics in this video

  • How can an object's details give us clues about its use and meaning?
  • How does a windmill work in Nebraska?
  • What would be an example of the transition from a free life to life on a reservation for the Omaha people?

Active Listening Questions

Click here to download the Active Listening Worksheet for this video.

  1. What details do you notice about the windmill?
  2. What is the Ogallala Aquifer?
  3. Can you find the windmill? (sketch it)
  4. Have you ever named a pet? What was its name and how did you choose that name?
  5. What detail stood out to you in this story of why people came to Nebraska?​

Additional Resources

​​Read more in the The Nebraska Adventure (4th grade textbook) about the Omaha Indian reservation in Nebraska and Genoa Indian School on pages 189-193.


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