I left New Jersey with good wishes, lots of hugs, and a few tears. When I got to Washington, DC, I was welcomed by the Educational Outreach staff of the Library of Congress with a mutual eagerness to collaborate and a personal hope that my contributions could affect educators.
What did your students discover about “The Star-Spangled Banner”?
On a spring day, gather your students together and make a list of activities children do in springtime. When ideas have been generated, tell students they are going to analyze two images from the past to discover what children did in spring.
As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, some young students might immerse themselves in the eye-catching images often associated with the holiday in the U.S.: shamrocks, green clothing, and the occasional pot of gold. This is a perfect opportunity to introduce students to a corner of the actual country of Ireland through primary sources.
Realizing that Valentine’s Day is steeped in tradition may surprise and intrigue young learners.
What better way for young students to learn about three early presidents than to explore documents from the time period – including letters, school work, diagrams and drawings created by the men themselves?
When school is closed on a snowy day, let the learning and fun continue at home using Library of Congress primary sources.
Students experience the thrill of using primary sources by looking at items relating to presidential inaugurations.
What’s one topic that’s usually of great interest to young learners? Toys! Tap into this interest and offer a primary source lesson that will inspire learning.
A Apple Pie, created and published in 1900, traces the destiny of an apple pie, using the alphabet and charming illustrations.
This delightful primary source, more than an alphabet recognition book, is superb to use with any grade. Look carefully at every illustration and you will see toys, clothing, and activities that will enhance a student’s understanding of a past time. Each page offers opportunities to create a variety of questions for further investigation.