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Kaitlyn Ellsworth

US Resources

1. Wright Brothers National Memorial


a. 1000 N Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
b. (252) 473-2111
c. The Wright Brothers were the first people to fly an airplane. Here,
students would be given the opportunity to learn about the
history of the brothers and see
recreated models of the planes
they made. In addition, they can
see where the plane was flown
from and the Wright Brothers
Monument. This location also
collaborates with schools to
provide educational opportunities for students through field trips.
Visiting the Wright Brothers National Memorial is a resource for
social studies instruction since students would be learning about
two historical figures in American history. They will also be
learning about a historical event, which was when the first
airplane was flown.
2. Chicago History Museum
a. 1601 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614
b. (312) 642-4600
c. There are many different opportunities for students to learn
about the history in Chicago and American history by visiting the
Chicago History Museum. Here, they have 9 different
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exhibits and one opening up on April 8 .
Through photographs and writings,
students can gain knowledge on
the City of Chicago and the flag.
One exhibition that I think is very
unique is the Sensing Chicago
exhibition. Here, visitors use
their senses to learn all about Chicago. In addition, there is an
exhibit where students can learn all about freedom in this
country. They also have a variety of online exhibitions on Lincoln,
The Chicago Fire, and more. The Chicago History Museum works
with school to plan educational and fun field trips for students.
This resource would be good to teach social studies in grades
PreK-4 since students learn about historical events in Chicago
and our country. They also get a geography lesson since they are
learning about where Chicago is located and some interesting
places that are here today, such as the ball park, and about the
food that is popular here.
3. Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
a. 907 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040
b. (305) 294-1136
c. Here, students have the opportunity to visit the home of famous
author, Ernest Hemingway. In this
home, he wrote popular stories, and
copies can be seen all throughout the
home when students are on the tour.
They will also see artifacts and
furniture that belonged to him and his
wife while they lived here. They can
also see the swimming pool and the
beautiful garden. There also cats here that are related to
Hemingways cat! This would be a great social studies resource
because students will be able to see what it was like to live
during Hemingways time. They will also learn information on a
historical figure. Today, this home is a historical landmark.
4. New York State Capitol
a. Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12224
b. (518) 474-2418
c. This is the official government building for the state of New York.
When students go on a tour of this site, they are able to see
portraits of people who served here, a timeline of events in this
state, the history of the government,
and the government today. The tours
here are free, and they work with
schools to plan field trips. While here,
students also have the opportunity to
learn about who is serving in office
today. I believe that this would be a
great, educational social studies
resource. Students will be given the opportunity to learn about
the history of the states government and the government today.
They get to see where laws are made and visit different rooms in
the building.
5. Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village
a. 19392 Whiddon Mill Road, Tifton, GA 31793
b. (229) 391-5205
c. When students visit this location, they will be able to see what it
was like to live during the 19th century by walking through the
village that is set up. Throughout the village, there are
farmhouses, a blacksmith shop, a school, and activities. The
house of the founder of this location is also here for people to
tour. It allows visitors to see the architecture, furniture, kitchen,
and decorations during this time. When visiting, one can see
people dressed up in attire from this time. Clearly, this would be
a good social studies resource for students since they are
learning about the past and what it was like to live during a
previous time period. When students visit here, they are learning
about a lifestyle that is different from their own.
6. Lincoln Memorial
a. 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW, Washington,
DC 20037
b. (202) 426-6841
c. When students visit the Lincoln
Memorial, they are able to see a statue
of the 16th President of the United States,
Abraham Lincoln. This is here to honor this
president and the commendable work he
did for our country. Along with the statue,
there are many murals that portray the
story of this presidents life and text
engraved into the walls. When at this
landmark, students can talk to a Park Ranger to learn more
information about the site, and they can give a presentation. In
addition to visiting the site, a representative can come into the
classroom to talk about the site or students can go onto the
website and go on a virtual tour. This is a social studies resource
that students would enjoy because they are learning about an
important site in our country and the president it is about. They
are also learning about the history of our nations government.
7. California Museum
a. 1020 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
b. (916) 653-7524
c. This museum is the official museum for history in the state of
California. Here, they have many permanent
exhibits, temporary exhibits, and exhibits that
are coming soon. Some of the topics for the
different exhibits are famous women from
the state, the first people in the state of
California, and the California Hall of Fame.
The museum works closely with teachers to
make sure field trips assist students in
reaching state standards. The standards met while on field trips
can be found on their website. They also provide the teacher and
students with different materials regarding the museum both
before and after the field trip. This would be considered a
resource for social studies instruction because students are
learning about the history of the state of California and a wide
variety of events. Plus, social studies standards are being met.
8. Baltimore American Indian Center Heritage Museum
a. 113 South Broadway, Baltimore, MD, 21231
b. (410) 675-3535
c. When students visit the Baltimore American Indian
Center Heritage Museum, they will be given the
opportunity to visit different exhibits and learn
about Native American culture and they way that
they lived. Throughout the museum, there are
different mosaics displayed and paintings on the
walls. There is a garden that has all of the different
plants that were used by the people. This location
works with schools to plan field trips for a
discounted rate. I believe that this would be an
interesting social resource since students are learning about a
different culture and lifestyle from their own. Students will learn
new information about the Native American culture.
9. Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site
a. 4301 W Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22304
b. (703) 746-4848
c. At the Fort Ward Museum and Historic
Site, students will be given the
opportunity to see an actual fort that was
used during the Civil War. The purpose of
this fort was to protect Washington, D.C.
from being damaged. While visiting,
students will be able to see medical
equipment that was used during this time
period during the war, other equipment used, and learn what it
was like to be a soldier during the war. This would be considered
a social studies resource since students are learning about the
Civil War, which was a major historical event in this country. In
addition to learning about the Civil War, students would also be
learning about soldiers and materials used.
10. Drumthwacket
a. 354 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ, 08540
b. (609) 683-0057
c. Located in the state of New Jersey,
Drumthwacket is where the
governor lives in this state. When
students come here, they will learn
about the role of the governor in the
past and the role of the governor
today. Here, they will also see historical architecture, furniture,
and a garden. On their website, there are objectives written that
should be met when students come on a field trip here. When
visiting, students will learn about the history of the state and the
government. They also strive to teach about leadership and
citizenship. Since students will be learning about history, the
state government, and citizenship, this would be a good social
studies resource.