Grade Range: 4-12Resource Type(s): Reference MaterialsDate Posted: 10/21/2008
On this page, students will find some of the methods historians and curators used to learn about the house at 16 Elm Street in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Students will learn how to use primary source documents, photographs and architectural clues to answer questions such as: Who lived in a house and what the neighborhood was like? When was the house built? How do historians discover how a house changes over time? Also included is a link to House Detective: Finding History in Your Home, a research guide that will help students conduct investigations of their own home. This activity accompanies the online exhibition, Within These Walls.
Demonstrations, Experiential learning, Multimedia instruction, Museum education, Project-based learning
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