With spectacular immersive environments, traditional exhibit galleries and high-tech special effects theaters, a visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum promises a memorable day for all visitors. But for a teacher with a large group of school children in tow, navigating through the museum, while providing a meaningful learning experience, can be a daunting endeavor. To help you prepare yourself and your students, the ALPLM Education Department has created teacher resource guides specifically for educators bringing a school group to the ALPLM. To view the Teacher Resource Guides, you will need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader if it is not installed on your computer. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Museum Experience Teacher Resource Guide is filled with pre-visit, on-site and post-visit activities. Learn what to expect on the day of your tour as well as lesson plans and activities to prepare students for an enriching museum experience. This guide contains a museum questionnaire (scavenger hunt) for students to use in the museum during their tour.
Exhibit-related Teacher Resources
The Lincoln's Farewell Address Teacher Resource Guide was created in conjunction with the nation's Civil War Sesquicentennial observance and highlights one of Abraham Lincoln's most moving speeches. Lesson plans and student activities are based on the president-elect's impromptu farewell to Springfield and his move from Springfield to our nation's capital in 1861. Find background information, lesson plans and classroom activities here. Recommended for Grades 3-6.
Illinois Gallery - From Illinois to the White House: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama
First Kids Lesson Plan The family of the President of the United States is called the First Family. Children of the First Family are referred to as "First Kids". Not only do these families move into a new house, but they move into the White House where they find many new faces, activities, and special events. what would it be like to live in the White House? Most of us will never know. We can only imagine. Recommended for Grades 3-6.
First Ladies Lesson Plan In order to be President of the United States there are various requirements that musy be met. In contrast, there are no official requirements of a First Lady. There are no constitutional guidelines, there is no template, there is no agreed upon criteria for those wanting to rate an existing or potential First Lady. Former First Ladies have come from entirely different backgrounds. Numerour First Ladies prived to be very astute politically; others focused their White House days on their families and domestic issues. Recommended for Grades 6-12.
Inaugural Addresses Compare and Contrast Lesson Plan Four presidents called Illinois home - Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama. Each presided over the country at a unique time in U.S. History, and this can be seen in the messages they communicated to the nation in their inaugural addresses. All four were reelected to a second term in office. Analysis of each president's 1st and 2nd inaugural addresses provides an opportunity to compare and contrast the priorities, goals, and intentions he outlined, as well as how the nation may have been changing at that time. Recommended for Grades 9-12.
Mr. Lincoln's Attic The guide provides educators with the historical background of the exhibit, as well as activities, worksheets, vocabulary and more, all geared to the Illinois Learning Standards. Topics explored include "Why We Collect" and "Do Objects Talk" which invites students to take on the role of the museum professional in examining artifacts to reveal the stories behind them. Recommended for Grades 4-8.
Oral Histories are a great way to bring history to life in your classroom. This teacher resource includes first hand testimonials from Illinois residents and suggested student activities. Several lesson plans for Grades 4-12.
Women's History Month contains exciting ideas for bringing Women's History into the classroom. Recommended for Grades K-3Black History Month In celebration of Black History Month, this guide is filled with information and ideas to bring Black History Month into your classroom. The guide provides educators with historical background of Black History Month, biographical sketches of African-American History Makers, as well as activities, additional resources and more. Recommended for Grades 4-8.African Americans in Illinois Includes the 1908 Race Riot Online Magazine and Generations of Pride African Americans in IL a Selected Chronology. Recommended for Grades 9-12.