The Web-based Kelsey family letters, photographs and map study activities
are recommended for grades 4-8.
The activities address understanding the life of Jane and James Kelsey,
early pioneers who settled near Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Activities require students to work as museum curators. They will
interpret artifacts such as historical letters, photographs and maps
to discover the story these resources contain.
Following the scientific method, students will start by forming hypotheses
or "guesses" about the meaning of an object. Their hypotheses
will then be tested by consulting sources of evidence that either
confirm or disprove their "guesses"
For each source, suggested questions are provided on the classroom
activities page. These can be adapted and applied to other artifacts
as the teacher chooses.
Explore the following teaching and learning resources on the Kelsey
- Classroom Activities Lesson ideas
organized categorically by letters, maps and photographs
- Extension Ideas Teaching suggestions
that expand upon the resources of the History Center
Primary Sources Definition of primary sources
and the liabilities and assets of using them as teaching resources
Trip Guide Rationale for field trips and activity suggestions
for preparing students before, during and following field explorations
outside the classroom
- National Standards Connections to
national standards in the areas of history and literacy
- Media Center
- Books to Read Childrens
literature, fiction and non-fiction
- Web Resources Links to online
resources related to pioneer life
- Glossary definitions of key terms
students will use in their role as curators
- For Students Step by step procedures
student curators will follow when interpreting the historical resources
related to the Kelsey family.