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We are sharing with college professors at Metropolitan State University today and helping them to understand what we are doing with kids and what they should expect from their incoming freshman.
What would you add? Do you agree?
Check out our outline for additional resources and to join our Today's Meet Discussion!
For the fifth year, teachers and friends gathered before dawn to honor our country and Constitution Day by placing 100 flags ( Or thereabouts) around the entrance to our school. It has been a reminder to not only the community, but the students, of the importance of our rights and responsibilities as a nation. It is amazing the response. Even this morning in the dark, joggers thanked us for allowing them to jog by the flag, and a dog walker said they were taking an extra loop around the field to enjoy the feeling of patriotism.
For these two teachers that is part of it.
Even more, it is a visual reminder and honoring of what our forefathers laid ground with so many years ago those ideals that ask us to honor our nation, collectively work for good, be a responsible and active citizen, work to eliminate injustice, and be proud to be an American.
Today are you teaching about Constitution Day? Join in using some of these resources to bring this document and civic learning to your classroom!
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|Marchers in a Labor Day Parade in Detriot, MI.|
Library of Congress Collections
As you consider the impact of labor in the United States and around the world this Labor Day, tuck away this resource for reference. We have compiled a list that makes these websites easily accessible for future reference. This gives us, and hopefully other teachers, a great way to find primary sources on labor relations and the story of labor. This is far from an exhaustive list but rather one that we find useful after several years of heavy duty bookmarking! Enjoy and thanks for teaching...
Library of Congress Chronicling America: A wonderful reference point for superb primary sources on labor.
Library of Congress Themed Resources on Labor: A great teaching resource with nice primary sources and teaching ideas.
Library of Congress Blog on Labor: An extensive blog with resources on the LOC website.
Smithsonian Institution Archival Collections: Labor search in the Smithsonian Institution Collections
Smithsonian Institution Art to Zoo Child Labor Lesson Plan: Access the archived lesson plan on child labor from the Smithsonian Institution which is an excellent way to teach about labor and children.
National Archives: Photographs from Lewis Hine on child labor.
National Archives DocsTeach: Yes we love docs teach! Check out the MANY resources by searching in their collection.
PBS: Labor management simulation from PBS.
Labor and Working Class History Association: Amazing resources from a leader in teaching about labor.
National Education Association Labor Day Teaching Resources: Teaching resources and curriculum materials from NEA.
Teaching Labor from Teaching Tolerance: A leading educational organization shares curriculum for teaching about labor.
Bureau of Labor Statistics: Statistics and labor resources for teaching about labor.
American Labor Studies Center: A wonderful resource for songs, posters, timelines, links, lesson plans and more.
Chronology of American Labor History: GREAT resource with hot links and timeline.
Teaching About Labor from the American Federation of Teachers: Lesson plans, timeline, and resources on labor.
History Matters: Search labor and over 400 resources come forward. A goldmine for educators!
Knights of Labor Oath from History Matters
Teaching History: A curriculum for teaching about labor from a leading social studies resource!
Women Working: A collection documenting the role of women in the workforce from Harvard. Check out the diaries and memoirs!
After Slavery-Race, Labor, and Politics in the Post Emancipation Carolinas: Check out the rich resources on this site for discussion of labor and race following the Civil War.
Freedman and the Southern Society Project: Labor after the Civil way with transcriptions from the National Archives.
Keel Center's Labor Photo Database: Great labor photos - some now available on Flickr.com
FactMonster Labor: A great site with an overview and curated links on teaching related topics.
Labor Day for Elementary Kids: A site with puzzles, games, and information.
Scholastic News: Printables for teaching about child labor.
Primer on Labor from the National Catholic Council of Bishops: Catholics have a long association with labor in the US. Here is a reference point for labor and social teaching from the Catholic lens.
Developing a Global Perspective: Outstanding resource list for teaching about child labor and fair trade.
International Labor Organization: A great starting point for updated information on child labor and labor relations around the world.
Teach UNICEF: Child Labor resources from UNICEF with downloadable PDF's
Human Rights Eduction Association: Resources and lesson plan on teaching about child labor internationally.
Education International: World Day Against Child Labor
Scholastic: Child labor around the world.
United Nations: Resources and talking points for teaching labor from the United Nations
Foundation for Teaching Economics: Sweatshops Lesson
Labor Day. A day when many rest, but is a creation of the labor movement and is "dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."
This year a little known and studied site has been honored in awareness of the struggles of labor not only in Colorado, but across our country. Ludlow National Historic Site was a site of tragedy on April 20, 1914 where 19 men, women, and children were massacred in a labor dispute between men trying to join the United Mine Workers of America, and the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company. Today, this massacre remains in the hearts of many Coloradans, especially the descendants of the massacre itself. In Colorado, and elsewhere, it is a story not often shared in schools.
In honor of Labor Day we are sharing resources to study this important site in Colorado which also connects to the national study of labor. Check them out. They are broad and narrow, rich and thoughtful, and provide a distinct starting point for conversation, one that is still important today.
Resources to Study the Ludlow Massacre
Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection ( search Ludlow)
Ludlow Summary from the United Mine Workers
Ludlow Resolution in Honor of the 100th Anniversary
PBS American Experience Primary Source Resources
PBS Colorado Experience Video
Denver Post Blog and Archive
Spanish Peaks Oral Histories of Coloradans Who Remember Ludlow
Bessemer Historical Society Resources
Colorado Coalfield War Project
Ludlow Special Report ( 1914 )
Ludlow National Historic Site Nomination
As part of the ongoing effort to share Colorado history with others, the Denver Post Newspaper in Education Program, the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program, El Pueblo Museum, and History Colorado have had an ongoing series of workshops, Google hangouts and field studies which share content and resources for educators. The links below give access to these resources:
Using Primary Sources to Study the Ludlow Massacre: An Interview with Author Thomas Andrews
Using Primary Sources to Understand the Ludlow Massacre
The Ludlow Massacre: The Children of Ludlow Exhibit
Ludlow Resource Wiki from the Workshops ( Take a glance at the resource set! )
The Ludlow Workshop summary from NIE and TPS Colorado. (There are a few spots left for the October 11, 2014 field study! )
|Youth Summit Students at the Lincoln Memorial|
We are a little geeky over our national parks and have had the distinct pleasure to work in partnership with the National Park Service in a variety of programs including the Junior Ranger Program, the Teaching with Historic Places Program, and the Preserve America Youth Summit. We have met brilliant rangers, dug in the dirt, climbed ladders, explored unknown places, and learned about the cultural heritage and environmental resources in our country. Connecting with our national parks is easy peesy. Check out some of the links below-- and find out what is in your own backyard!
And PS.... we have shared a few fun photos with the NPS over the years below. What photo will you take on your next visit?
National Park Service Website: Find the historic places near you and learn more about your national parks.
National Park Service Junior Ranger Program: YES you too can be a Junior Ranger Online!
Teaching With Historic Places: Check this wonderful site out as it has IMMENSE resources for teaching about historic places in the classroom!
Youth Summit Program: Want to bring a better understanding of historic places, national parks, and preservation to your students? The Youth Summit is a way to make this happen!
HABS Collection (Library of Congress and the National Park Service): The Historic Buildings Survey and Historic American Engineering Record are great ways to bring measured drawings and learning into the classroom. These are great STEM resources as well and highlight national historic places.
We've Wrote About It: Yep we love National Parks and have used it in our geeky classrooms. Here are some ideas on using places in the classroom:
Junior Ranger Program in a Geek Classroom
Place in the Classroom
The Power of Researching Place in the Classroom
|Flat Stanley Visits Bent's Fort|
|Learning the Native American Perspective at Hovenweep|
|Learning From a NPS Archaeologist at Mesa Verde.|
|Great Sand Dunes NP|
|Fossils Matter at Florissant NP|
|Rocky Mountain Learning With the Youth Summit|