This program is customized to best fit grades K - 2nd.
At a time when every American was asked to make sacrifices for the American war effort, World War II marked the establishment of Dogs for Defense, a program to which families donated their pet dogs to serve in the U.S. military. These four-legged recruits were transformed through training from loving pets into working troops. Students hear the story of Chips, a real Hero Hound who left the family sofa, entered the battlefield, and returned home a hero. Then they will create their own Hero Hound.
This program is customized to best fit grade levels 3rd - 5th.
At a time when every American was asked to make sacrifices for the American war effort, World War II marked the establishment of Dogs for Defense, a program to which families donated their pet dogs to serve in the U.S. military. These four-legged recruits were transformed through training from loving pets into working troops. Students participate in fun activities to learn about the ideal breeds chosen to best fulfill the duties needed to serve in the K-9 Corps.
When America's men left to fight with the Allies in World War II, women were recruited through posters and other propaganda to work at non-traditional jobs in defense plants and factories. Many women had always held jobs outside the home, but this was the first time they were being paid well and taught skilled labor. Many other women had not held a paying job outside of their home and this was a new experience to earn money for their hard work. These "Rosie the Riveters" proved their abilities to America and themselves and have not looked back since.
Following World War II, many Americans kept souvenirs of lost loved ones or their time in the war. Many of these articles were stored in boxes or trunks and then tucked away in attics, basements, and garages for decades. In this program, students learn what qualifies as a primary source, and how important they are as sources of information. Students handle and evaluate images, documents and a variety of artifacts from World War II.
A joint resolution passed in 1956 requested President Eisenhower to proclaim the week of September 17 each year as "Constitution Week"in order to celebrate the signing of the supreme law of our land--the U.S. Constitution-- on that date in 1787. In this program, students will commemorate this historical document as they learn about the three branches of government, with emphasis on the executive branch. They will participate in several activities that encourage students to develop habits of good citizenship for America's future.
Cold War Kids:
Duck & Cover
The Civil Defense Administration educated and reassured all Americans that they could survive an atomic attack from the Soviet Union. This included children who received lessons from Bert the Turtle on how to "duck and cover" to protect themselves. In this program, students view 1950s civil defense artifacts and learn the realities of being a Cold War kid.