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  • Lowell National Historical Park

    "The World of Barilla Taylor" Kit

    This interdisciplinary kit invites students into the world of Barilla Taylor, who left her home in rural Maine in 1843 for work in Lowell's mills. By examining documents relevant to Barilla's farm and factory experiences, students learn about the history of early industrial America, and the ways industrialization affected the roles and status of women. Primary sources include letters, maps, corporation hospital records, city directory pages, photographs, and a receipt for a jewelry purchase.

  • Governors Island National Monument

    4th Grade Traveling Trunk

    4th Grade Traveling Trunk

    Packed with lesson plans, primary source documents, recreation artifacts, movies, and more, our Traveling Trunks are a ready-made and easy way to make New York City and U.S. history tangible to students.

  • White Sands National Monument

    Amazing Animals

    Amazing Animals

    The Amazing Animals trunk is a small plastic bin containing various resources that will help your students learn about animal adaptations.

  • Natchez Trace Parkway

    American Indian Trunk

    This kit is located in Tupelo, MS. It contains replicas of artifacts which allow students to look into the past at how American Indians lived. It also contains books that help students learn the Chickasaw language and understand how different from english other languages can be. The kit contains several types of items, including "artifakes," story books, multimedia CDs, and lesson plans. Borrow the whole kit or any part of the kit.

  • Grand Teton National Park

    America's Best Idea Traveling Trunk

    America's Best Idea Traveling Trunk

    The wealth of themes explored in the PBS series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea offer an extraordinary educational opportunity for your classroom. Using clips from this series, as well as primary sources, this lesson explores Grand Teton National Park’s controversial expansion in the 1940s and 1950s. Students will investigate the reasons why park expansion was controversial as they gain an appreciation for opposing points of view and fact versus opinion.

  • Lava Beds National Monument

    Bats Traveling Trunk

    Bats Traveling Trunk

    This traveling trunk looks at common cultural conceptions of bats, and then goes on to look at the realities of bats and bat behavior. The kit includes a book on bats, a bat skeleton, bat posters, and a video about bats. It provides about one week’s worth of lesson plans.

  • Monocacy National Battlefield

    Battlefield in a Box

    An educational traveling trunk is available free of charge. It is designed to engage fifth- through eighth-grade students in an exploration of the Civil War using the Battle of Monocacy as a focus.

  • Monocacy National Battlefield

    Battlefield in a Box

    An educational traveling trunk is available free of charge. It is designed to engage fifth- through eighth-grade students in an exploration of the Civil War using the Battle of Monocacy as a focus.

  • Glacier National Park

    Bear Trunk

    Bear Trunk

    Background material, research guides, and props in the bear trunk facilitate discussions about bears, their habitats, and food sources. Emphasis is on black and grizzly bears, including how to tell them apart and how to play safely in bear country. Activity guides and sample lessons are included. Upper grades benefit from additional materials available on the web.

  • Lava Beds National Monument

    Birds Traveling Trunk

    Birds Traveling Trunk

    The Bird trunk was developed in conjunction with Klamath Bird Observatory and is designed to teach students everything birds. Topics include what is a bird, bird habitat birding, studying birds, and bird conservation. The kit comes complete with bird and plant field guides, a power point presentation on local birds, “life of birds” DVD, binoculars, laminated common birds field guide/poster, hand lenses and feathers