You have been asked to assist the curator at the History Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in developing an exhibit about a very unusual man named Jay G. Sigmund. He grew up near Waubeek, Iowa, which is close to Cedar Rapids. He was unique because of the many interests and abilities he cultivated throughout his life. He was a life-long learner.
Step 1 - Explore the life of Jay G. Sigmund
To begin, read the biographical information about Jay Sigmund.
Step 2 - Thinking questions
Here are a few thinking questions to help you get a picture of the important events in Jay Sigmund's life.
Add two or three more questions to the list, and review the Documents to find the answers to your questions.
Step 3 - Developing your interests
What are your interests and abilities?
Make a chart like the one below and complete each section:
Share your thoughts with your classmates.
Step 4 - Got a hobby?
Do you have a hobby? Is there something you enjoy doing just because it's fun?
One of Jay Sigmund's hobbies was studying archeology and digging for arrowheads along the Wapsipinicon River in Linn County. Even as an adult, he loved going out with his friends to explore the natural world around him.
What's in the natural world around you?
To begin answering that question, read about the Archeology of Iowa.
Step 5 - Just under your feet
You and your friends can take a great adventure and investigate the archeological history of your county.
Some research questions to think about as you get started on your search include:
Explore the excellent resources in the Media Center as you begin your search.
Step 6 - Share your findings
When you have completed the archeological investigation of your county, develop a display for your classroom that highlights the most important archeological characteristics.
Include pictures of artifacts you find, maps, and narrative descriptions of each item in your display.