March 23, 2017

Primary Source Spotlight: Weather

Congress requires US military to collect weather data 1870 Weather forecasting primary source set, includes teacher's guide More weather forecasting primary sources Weather instruments primary source set Weather vanes primary source set Weather bureau primary source set Weather Service primary source set Meteorological stations primary source set Weather emergencies primary source set Weather sheet music Here's to the friend in stormy weather song … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Women own about one percent of world’s land

Zoom into this 1997 map online or this .pdf document. What do you learn just from looking at the title and the information presented outside of the country labels (ignore the orange leaves for now)? Look at the country labels (orange leaves). Which countries have the most female landowners? Use the information provided in this map to chart female land ownership in 1997. How might you explain this data? What questions do you have? A 2013 United Nations report describes the importance of female … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The Solar System Displayed

This map was published in 1789. Zoom into the map online or using this map document (.pdf) and review "A Table of the Diameters, Periods & of the several Planets in the Solar System". Compare the information in that table to the data scientists have today. Make a new table with the same column headers and fill it in with today's data; identify your data source and make sure it is a reliable one. This map mentions a comet. What information does it provide about the comet? Do some research … [Read more...]

Teaching Now: Analyzing Primary Sources for Scientific Thinking & Organization

This is a guest post from Tom Bober (a.k.a. @CaptainLibrary), an elementary librarian at RM Captain Elementary in Clayton, Missouri and frequent contributor to the TPS Teachers Network. Earlier this school year I wrote about an activity in which third grade students analyzed primary sources from the Library of Congress, specifically the notes, diagrams, and writings of scientists to explore how scientists organize information. The hope was that students would connect these organizational … [Read more...]

Today in History: Bell’s Photophone

Today in History–June 3–the Library of Congress features the invention of the photophone on this date in 1880 by Alexander Graham Bell. Although more famously known for the telephone, the photophone transmitted sound on a beam of light. This technology with the precursor to fiber optics which today transmits voice and data communications at the speed of light. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more stories and primary sources related to the … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Grand Canyon Tourist Map

List the different data you find on this map (view larger image). Conduct research to compare the data from this map from 1977 with current information and statistics. What similarities and differences did you find? Investigate reasons for the change(s) in data; describe your findings. What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! Related resources Today in History: Grand Canyon … [Read more...]

Today in History: Uniform Presidential Election Day

Today in History–November 4–the Library of Congress features the passage of legislation on this day in 1845 requiring a uniform election day for President of the United States on the: "Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November of the year in which they are to be appointed." The 1848 election was the first presidential election in which Americans in every state voted on the same day. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below for more … [Read more...]