June 29, 2017

Primary Source Spotlight: Weather

Congress requires US military to collect weather data 1870 Weather Forecasting Among Services to [House] Members 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 … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Flight & Planes

The Dream of Flight online exhibition With Wings as Eagles: From Fantasy to Flight (primary source sets documenting the history of flight) Today in History: Wright Brothers First Flight Plane images Airplane images Select airplane newspaper coverage New York Times & New York Tribune 1916-1919 Airplane historic newspaper coverage through 1922 Airplane flight historic newspaper coverage through 1922 Airplane books & reports Colonel Roosevelt is invited to fly in … [Read more...]

Tech Tool: Sheet Music Scanner

Music is such a powerful primary source and can really help us connect to and engage with a person or an event. The Library of Congress is full of digital music resources, including numerous sheet music collections and items.  But what to do if you would like to hear the music but cannot play an instrument yourself? Well, finally, there's an app for that! Thanks to Library of Congress Teacher in Residence Tom Bober for uncovering this wonderful tool! Currently the Sheet Music Scanner app is only … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Technology Time Travel

Set students to sleuthing by traveling back in time with historic newspapers to discover how the hot new technology at the turn of the 20th century evolved. Have students work in groups to analyze the primary sources and, together, uncover the evolution of radio technology. Then have students investigate other primary and secondary sources to compare and contrast radio's evolution to another technology of today. What parallels do they notice? What lessons can they learn from history to help them … [Read more...]

NHD 2016: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Economy, Science & Technology

Below you will find Library of Congress resources curated by TPS-Barat that relate to National History Day 2016 topic ideas from the Chicago Metro History Education Center. This set specifically focuses on economy, science & technology but all topic ideas are related to the 2016 NHD theme: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. Interest in this area involves studying labor,  trade, business, advertising, consumerism Arbitration: Exchanging Mediation of Labor & Capital to Solve … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Does the Camera Ever Lie?

Zoom into a more detailed image of this newspaper page from 1901. Read only the headline and image captions. Then carefully review the images and make an educated guess about what the article will discuss. Now read the article. How does it answer the question posed in the title? What evidence is provided to support this view? Do you agree with this view? Why or why not? How do cameras "lie" today? Provide at least two examples and discuss what it means for the readers of such images today … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: TPS Journal

Dig deep into a variety of teaching with primary sources topics. The TPS Journal, formerly titled the TPS Quarterly, is an online, peer-reviewed publication focused on pedagogical approaches to teaching with Library of Congress digitized primary sources in K-12 classrooms. Each issue provides sections related to the issue's thematic focus: a feature article, an elementary primary source activity, a secondary primary source activity, a teacher spotlight highlighting primary source learning in the … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: World Digital Library

Overview The World Digital Library (WDL) provides access to multilingual primary sources from around the world. It's mission is to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding by highlighting the stories and achievements of all countries and cultures. WDL "is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Everyday Mysteries

If you're looking for some fun science facts to intrigue and delight your elementary students, head over to the Everyday Mysteries section of LOC.gov. This part of the Library of Congress website gives answers to many of life's most interesting scientific questions, all of which were asked by researchers and answered by librarians from the Library's Science Reference Services. You can search for topics on the homepage or browse archived questions and answers by … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Nikola Tesla

Topics in Chronicling America - Nikola Tesla timeline & select newspaper articles More Nikola Tesla historical newspaper coverage Featured Source: Tesla’s 1922 Future Tech Predictions guided primary source analysis activity Messages to and from Outer Space Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond Poems of Personality "Tesla" Another Tesla portrait Tesla Memorial Society of New York Tesla: Master of Lightning from PBS … [Read more...]