Topic: Jefferson's Gadgets

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Great Clock in Monticello’s Hall

The Great Clock, which features and interior and exterior face, is one of the prominent features of Monticello's Hall
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Hall showing the seven-day clock calendar

The top canonball weight for Jefferson's Great Clock marks Tuesday, midmorning.
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Jefferson and American Money

            Look at a nickel. Who—and what—do you see? On one side is Thomas Jefferson. On the other side is Monticello, his home. One reason Jefferson is on the nickel is because he was our third president. Another reason is because he helped create the money system for the United States.            After the American Revolution,…

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Jefferson and Architecture

Architects design buildings. They also make the plans for the buildings. Thomas Jefferson loved architecture. Throughout his life, he drew plans for houses, towns, government buildings, churches and schools. At the time, there were no schools to teach architecture. Jefferson taught himself. He read books about architecture. He studied the drawings of other architects. One…

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Jefferson Cup

Jefferson created the design for this cup which he then had fashioned with several others by a silversmith in Richmond
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Jefferson’s Gardens: A Landscape of Opportunities / Instructions for the Unit

Through the voices of individuals working at Monticello, students will learn about Jefferson's passion for gardening and complete flower and vegetable experiments/projects.  Students will also learn how to...
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Jefferson’s Gardens: A Landscape of Opportunities / Introduction to Project-Based Learning for this Unit

This unit will provide information on project-based learning and teaching strategies that will be used in the sections: Jefferson's Gardens:  A Landscape of Opportunities: A Perpetuating Flower Garden/An Experimental...
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Jefferson’s Gardens: A Landscape of Opportunities: Section 2 – An Experimental Vegetable Garden

Students will study Jefferson’s concept of microclimate and water conservation at Monticello and they are given the opportunity to monitor their observations of  growing their own vegetable (a...
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Jefferson’s Gardens: A Landscape of Opportunities: Section 1 – A Perpetuating Flower Garden

Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the breadth and depth of the planning involved in the gardens at Monticello and the continual care to assure that...