Free Activity Downloads
Pre and Post Living History Activity Guides
These activity guides contain vocabulary, discussion questions, crafts, and additional activities to match each of the stations you choose for your Living History Tour. Activities are designed to be used either in preparation for your field trip or to reinforce topics learned on the trip. To download these activity guides, go to: https://midwayvillage.com/free-educator-resources.html
Rockford Focused Lesson Plans
Midway Village Museum works directly with teachers to promote the education of local history in the classroom. As part a partnership, educator workshops were organized every June from 2013-2019 which focused on themes of local history, as well as providing educators with the latest techniques in object-based learning.
Here are lesson plans written by local teachers attending these workshops. Please feel free to download and use these resources in your classroom curriculum. Topics include local history, World War I, World War II, immigration. Please check out the museum’s outreach programs for more related content at: https://midwayvillage.com/rockford-focused-lesson-plans.html
Digital Collection Lesson Plans
Midway Village Museum has more than 5,000 images online. How can you utilize these lesson plans of the digital images in your classroom? The lesson plans will help students learn:
- how to retrieve information from period photographs
- what kinds of insights and information can be gleaned from photographs such as in history of technology and societal roles
- how people lived in other time periods
- compare images of today verses those of the past
The lesson plans for the Online Digital Collections will include these topics: schools, houses, Rockford around town and immigration. To view the Online Digital Collection go to: https://www.midwayvillage.com/digital-collections.html
History in the Classroom
Funded through a Grant from Ecolab
Note: All lesson plan files are in PDF format unless otherwise noted.
Unit 1: Using Immigration Oral Histories
Unit 2: Rockford Around Town
Unit 3: Using Houses Digital Collections
Unit 4: Schools Digital Collections
Schools Elementary Unit “Then and Now"