January 14, 2008
Chicago History Resources for Kids
No matter how hard I try, I can't seem to make the day longer than 24 hours. It was my intention to make a Chicago history page for kids, but, unfortunately, I just can't squeeze any more hours out of the day to produce it. So, I'm shelving that project. Most of the links on these pages will be helpful for teaching children about Chicago's rich history (this is a "family friendly" site), but the following resources specific for children should also be valuable.
Great Chicago Stories (Chicago History Museum)"Read historical fiction stories that illuminate Chicago's past. Use the Interactive History Map to look closer at artifacts from the collection of the Chicago History Museum and to explore locations throughout the city from each story. Build further on your experience with classroom activities." Resources for both elementary and high school students. The entire Chicago History Museum website is filled with resources for kids and teachers.
Chicago Metro History Fair Where students learn what it takes to become a historian.
Chicago for Young Scholars Dozens of links provided by the Web Institute for Teachers/ Digital Library Section at the University of Chicago.
Chicago's History From the Kids View A website written by kids.
Discovery Education A link to lesson plans pertaining to Chicago. Be sure to check out"Puzzlemaker." It is a fun, easy way to create activity sheets.
Minority Politics in Chicago Another site written by kids.
Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans Includes lesson plans for: Chicago's Columbus Park: The Prairie Idealized and Chicago's Black Metropolis: Understanding History Through a Historic Place
Weird and Haunted Chicago A fun approach to learning history is the ever popular ghost story.
NEW Lesson Plans on Chicago history and Chicago from Education World. Here are two examples: The Great Chicago Fire: Did Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow Really Cause It? and The Sky's the Limit! (about the Sears Tower and other mammoth skyscrapers)There is a lot to explore on this site and many resources.
NEW Illinois Kids Links from the Highland Park Public Library.
Chicago History for Kids:Triumphs and Tragedies of the Windy City (Grade 4-9) A must-have resource!
Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871
The Great Fire A Newbery Award-winning book.
Farmland Innovator: A Story About Cyrus Mccormick (Creative Minds Biographies)
NEW Cissie Palmer by Judy Alter. A biography of the wealthy Chicago socialite who used her money to advance worthy city causes and to improve the lives of working women. Ages 9-12
Note to Teachers and Parents: Is your class or child studying Chicago history? Have they written a report or drawn a picture? Contact me and I will include it on this blog. Let's encourage future historians!
NEW! The History Guide: A study resource for high school and undergraduate students.
NEW! See the post on Illinois Periodicals Online for some excellent lesson plans.
While there has been and always will be historians, solid liberal arts study with an emphasis in history has dwindled in favor of IT courses that get you a job at Apple. Perhaps that is only because students don't exactly know what to do with a knowledge of history. Ya, I know that doesn't make sense. But then you are reading a blog about history. So, to help all the budding historians out there, I would like to direct your attention to a recent posting over at The Pen and Spindle outlining Careers and Hobbies in History. As I said, let's encourage future historians!
As I find additional resources, I will update this posting so be sure to bookmark it.