Science teachers, as well as the Next Generation Science Standards, recognize the importance of understanding models. Primary sources from the Library of Congress collections invite students to explore how different models of the universe have developed over time, and to think a bit more generally about interpreting models.
It is a librarian’s dream to be in the most fabulous library in the world, spending every day just wallowing in the collections, meeting experts, and pursuing scholarly interests. My library dream has been fulfilled by being selected as the Library of Congress Teacher in Residence for the 2013-14 year.
Kids of any age enjoy playing Hide and Seek. It all starts with the very young playing "peekaboo", discovering their own view of the world and their place in it.
Vary the game with any visually rich primary source, such as Mulberry Street, for a quick but worthwhile classroom activity. A quick scan of this print reveals a crowd on a busy street. But a closer look draws in the viewer to see specific people. The setting includes items that suggest a feast for the senses--horses, wagon wheels, a cigar, a baby, fresh vegetables, and more.
Using primary sources is an excellent way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. Here are some resources from the Library of Congress that will help you and your students celebrate the achievements of the Hispanic Community.
Sharing ideas is a critical part of all great teaching, and now the Library of Congress has a new tool for exchanging ideas with the nation’s K-12 teachers: @TeachingLC, its new Twitter feed for educators.