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  • Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    Keywords:
    National Parks, legacy, cultural resources, natural resources, heritage, climate change, careers, Wildland-Urban Interface
  • Weaving on a hand loom

    Changing technology in the 19th century transformed the role of work and the quality of life for workers in both the industrial North and plantation South, bringing both opportunities and hardships.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Commerce and Industry, Family Life, History, Reading, Slavery, Social Studies, Textiles, Women's History
    Keywords:
    industrial revolution, textiles, Weaving, loom, Slavery, cotton economy, Museum, boardinghouse
  • An engineer at work in Lowell’s Eastern Canal

    Lowell’s remarkable success as an early industrial city was made possible in part by engineers using the engineering design process of making choices, prototyping, and testing, steps that led to innovations in waterpower systems and textile production.  This guide suggests activities that introduce students to materials properties concepts and the engineering design process.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Design, Engineering, History, Inventions / Inventors, Science and Technology, Social Studies
  • Playing an portuguese concertina

    The people who came to Lowell from the farms of New England and from other countries brought their unique experiences and cultural identities, helping to shape and define our American culture.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Family Life, History, Immigration, Social Studies, Textiles, Women's History
    Keywords:
    industrial revolution, factory, mill, mill girls, immigrants, Ireland, Quebec, Greece, Columbia, Brazil, Portugal, CAMBODIA, Canada, immigration
  • Ginning Cotton

    The Industrial Revolution changed the way Americans worked, lived, and used the land.  People left farm villages and moved to new factory towns, where large-scale industrialization was taking place.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Commerce and Industry, Family Life, History, Inventions / Inventors, Social Studies, Textiles
    Keywords:
    industrial revolution, land use, Farm, factory, mill, cotton gin, map, invention
  • Testing water wheels

    Engineers and scientists use technology to harness water power to produce goods in the most efficient way possible.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Commerce and Industry, Design, Engineering, History, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Textiles
    Keywords:
    industrial revolution, water power, water wheels, turbines, Canals, mills, potential energy, kinetic energy
  • Chromolithograph:  Print shows a man and a woman wearing knickers and bloomers, standing with a bicycle between them, shaking hands.

    In the mid-19th century, society expected women to wear long and heavy skirts and tight corsets.  If they were cooking, carrying a baby, or working in a mill, this clothing could become dangerous.  In the early 1850s, Elizabeth Smith Miller introduced a new clothing style that allowed freedom of movement and decreased hazards.  Learn how this style of dress not only provided freedom of movement, but also became a symbol of women’s rights.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Family Life, Fire Safety, Health, History, Women's History
    Keywords:
    clothing, Bloomers, Occupational Safey.
  • Working on an assembly line

    Industrialization changes the nature of the work experience.  Changes in working conditions provokes questions about the fairness of time, wages, working conditions, and safety, with corresponding responses from labor, management, government, and society.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Commerce and Industry, Economics, History, Labor History, Labor Law, Social Studies, Textiles
    Keywords:
    industrial revolution, mill, factory, Workers, child labor, labor, work