Keep Speaking Our Language with Mary Bateman

“Learn About” Questions Why is it important to continue to speak our non-dominant languages as much as possible? What causes the loss of a language? What is needed to keep a language active and current? Why can certain languages provide more meaning to certain words than other languages can? “Learn From” Questions Do I know…

The Dirty Thirties with Mary Bateman

“Learn About” Questions What was life like in the 1930’s in rural North Dakota? What kinds of things were challenges for families living on farms? What kinds of problems did grasshoppers cause? How did people make it through the 1930’s with all of the challenges? What kinds of crops did people grow in rural North…

Peanut Butter Hands with Mary Bateman

“Learn About” Questions Why would the students at a boarding school need to take food from the dining rooms to have in their own rooms? Why would the teachers need to check the students as they leave the dining rooms to see if they had food? In what way did Mary and her friends “problem…

Mission Schools with Mary Bateman

“Learn About” Questions What is a Mission School? Why were nuns the teachers at Mission Schools? What is a Valedictorian? Where is Haskell School? What grades are taught there? How can being on a basketball team, in choir or ballet help me in school? “Learn From” Questions Have I ever been told I was “behind”…

Marching through Boarding School with Mary Bateman

“Learn About” Questions What is a boarding school? What was the boarding school at Bismarck like? Why did students ride a train to school? Why did students live at boarding schools? Why were boarding school experiences similar to military experiences? What purpose did marching serve for moving from one place to another? Why did children…

Chemicals and Crops with Mary Bateman

“Learn About” Questions Why are chemicals added to crops? What research is there about how the chemicals added to the soil to grow crops can impact humans and nature negatively? How long does it take for the chemicals to be removed from the soil? “Learn From” Questions What do I know about the way the…

Living Off the Land with Mary Bateman

“Learn About” Questions What animals are hunted in North Dakota? What kinds of edible plants are found in North Dakota? What crops are grown in North Dakota and where are they grown? What animals are found on North Dakota ranches? How are plants preserved? What is “dagaatch?” How would the dried corn and chokecherries be…