The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) brings the lessons of Lincoln to the children of Illinois through this exciting new educational outreach program. Lincoln's Legacy Learning Kits, targeted to grades 5-8, are four contained units of study on the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln Reading Kit

Mary Lincoln Kit
 

Civil War Soldier Kit
 

Slavery in Illinois Kit
 


Explore Lincoln's accomplishments and the contributions of his thoughts, ideals and actions, in a way that will enlighten and inspire your students.

Each kit contains:

  • "Lincoln's Legacy Lesson Plans and Teacher Resource Guide" CD with lesson plans and activities AND digitized primary source material and worksheets you can print off for use in your classroom;
  • Laminated reproduction primary documents, many in Lincoln's own hand, from our library collections;
  • Laminated historic images, which visually bring history to life for your students;
  • Exciting and interesting reproduction artifacts for hands-on history;
  • Music from the time period including Civil War bands, ballads and patriotic songs;
  • Age-appropriate books (including multiple copies in the Lincoln Biography Reading Kit for small group discussions);
  • And so much more!

A variety of resources were used in compiling these kits and the companion "Lincoln's Legacy Lesson Plans and Teacher Resource Guide" CD. For a complete bibliography of sources used, follow these links: Bibliography and Source List (Kits) and Bibliography and Source List (CDs).

Why teach with Lincoln's Legacy Learning Kits?
The Lincoln's Legacy Learning Kits address Illinois' State Learning Standards. In addition, they meet teachers' needs for integrated curriculum by combining social studies topics with Language Arts, Reading, Writing, Fine Arts and even, Mathematics, Geography, and Science. Moreover, these kits and their contents provide experiential learning using concrete objects or situations—a method the National Council for the Social Studies advocates as "the single most effective vehicle for helping young adolescents make meaning out of their world."

The kits can be checked out FREE OF CHARGE from any public library in Illinois through the state-wide inter-library loan system. Visit your local Illinois library to check out the kits for your classroom today.

For Librarians:
  • OCLC#244637504 Civil War soldier kit
  • OCLC#244638607 Slavery in Illinois kit
  • OCLC#244638162 Lincoln reading kit
  • OCLC#244638165 Mary Todd Lincoln kit

The kits are available to any public or school library via the state-wide inter-library loan system.

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Illinois Heartland Library System

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A variety of resources were used in compiling these kits and the companion "Lincoln's Legacy Lesson Plans and Teacher Resource Guide" CD. For a complete bibliography of sources used, follow these links: Bibliography and Source List (Kits) and Bibliography and Source List (CDs).

The Lincoln's Legacy Learning Kits were funded by a grant from the Illinois State Library, a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library services, under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).