Here is an awesome collection of pictures from Time Life. http://images.google.com/hosted/life
These pictures capture some of the forgotten moments in our History. There are millions of images dating as far back as 1750 that you and your students have access to. These are images that LIFE took but never published, yet they capture such rich snippets of history.
As an automobile enthusiast this picture of the first Rolls Royce car from 1903 sure captured my eye.
I sure could have used this when I was a student and writing those papers about cars. What about that student that you have that just lives for sports? Here is a picture of Muhammad Ali raising his gloves victoriously after knocking out Oscar Bonavena in 1971.
This resource can be used for many lessons in history, writing, math and even science as you look at how technology has changed over time. Technology should not just be about computers but all innovations.
You can use these images as writing prompts as they compare and contrast the there and then to the here and now or they can write about what it must have been like during those days working on the big oil derricks and no A/C to come home to.
Often our students hear about walking to school in the snow, uphill and barefooted. Now they can see the picture.
OK, so they were not barefooted but most people that tell that story never went barefooted either. 😉
The ways you can use photography, images and historical photos is endless. The good part is that they can be used in every subject area. Leave a comment letting me and others know how you used the LIFE photo archive hosted by Google.
I know most of you know everything there is about science, but I don’t, therefore I always needed all the science tips I could get. I learned a few things from watching / interacting with a few of these elementary online activities. http://www.teachersdomain.org/tdhome.html offers some great videos / interactive activities / lessons / audio clips / images / documents / etc for use in science. You can chose by grade level, topic, or the media type that you would like to use. The interactive lesson “Earth in Motion: Seasons” was really good.
You can sign up to use the site and it’s FREE!!! It is a part of The National Science Digital Library. Basically, it’s big! The NSDL is also a great tool http://nsdl.org/ It’s not as user friendly as the before mentioned site, but is still filled with great resources.