Graphic Organizers make field trips more engaging for students.
Check out these models from the Chicago History Museum, and Chicago Metro History Fair Staff and Teachers:
- Taking a Stand in History, Museum Activity Sheet lets you choose a section in the CHM exhibitions you think best relates to the theme, Taking a Stand in History. Look closely at the artifacts, documents, and photographs in the section. Use the organizer to analyze the topic and then answer the questions on the next page.
- Analyzing a History Museum Exhibit What makes a CHM display successful? Students select a section that really interests them and analyze it to determine what makes an exhibit powerful for the public.
Chicago History Museum offers free, interactive field trips for students from pre-K to grade 12.
Facing Freedom is a popular exhibit for students.
This corresponding website helps students work though historical analysis.
Another great way to introduce students to Chicago history is through historical fiction.
The Research Center at the Chicago History Museum is a great place for students to do research!
* Before you show up at the research centet, you must sign up online *
CHM's "Chicago Daily News" Photos on Explore Chicago Collections
CHM History Fair Bibliographies
Get Ideas for Topics, Jump Start Your Research
Chicago History Museum has bibliographies of many History Fair topics. Both secondary and primary sources may be found. Consider a bibliography the very useful "tip of the iceberg," in terms of available sources.
(Update: CHM has a new website, and this page is still under construction. Please check back later. Students may try the Internet Archives' "Wayback Machine" in the meantime.)