Students can put their detective skills to work to find out how life in the colonies was for Thomas and Elizabeth Springer's family in New Castle, Delaware. By clicking on each of the proffered clues, students can discover how the family lighted their home and make conclusions about their lifestyle. Further questions ask students to compare the colonial lifestyle with their own. This is a great site for examining how developments in technology have altered how we live today. There is also a guide for teachers who want to use this series as a classroom resource. Published by the National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Institution.
Published by National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Institution in 2007
How are some of the household implements on this site the same and different from similar implements in our own homes?
What difference might it have made in the Springers' lives if there had been electricity on their farm?
Extension and Activities
Ask students to think, talk about, and write about what their houses and belongings would tell an historian about them 200 years from now.
Ask students to talk and write about the following questions: Is there anything you would want known about yourself or your life that is not evident in your belongings? What would that be, and how could you leave evidence for future historians?
"You can see everything that is going to be put up on the Internet while you are working on it."
Preston Hall Middle School - Waitsburg, WA