Sunday, March 27, 2022

Maple Syrup Sunday! And Maple Syrup Sundaes

Today is Maple Syrup Sunday here in Maine. It's a day when many maple syrup producers open their operations to visitors. All of them offer some type of educational program about the production of maple syrup. Many of them will have samples of their products. My favorite one has maple syrup ice cream sundaes! 

A couple of weeks ago I shared some resources for learning about how maple syrup is produced and why it happens at this time of year. Since then SciShow Kids released a new video about how maple syrup is produced. It's a great explanation for students in Kindergarten through third grade. You can watch the video here on the SciShow Kids YouTube channel or as embedded below. If you click through to the YouTube version you can then find a list of all of the NGSS Standards the video covers. 

Chronicling America - A Great Place to Find Historic Newspapers

Chronicling America is digitized newspaper archive hosted by the Library of Congress. The Chronicling America collection contains millions of copies of newspaper pages printed in the United States between 1789 and 1963. You can search through the collection according to date, state in which the newspaper was published, and keyword. You can read, download, and print copies of any page that you find in the Chronicling America collection. In this short video I provide a demonstration of how to find newspapers in the Chronicling America collection. 

The U.S. News Map is based on the Chronicling America newspaper collection hosted by the Library of Congress. When you search on the U.S. News Map the results of your search will be displayed on an interactive map. Clicking on a placemark the map will take you to a list of articles from newspapers in the area around the placemark. You can then select an article from the list and read it on the Chronicling America website where you can also download a copy of the article. The U.S. News Map will let you search for articles published between 1789 and 1964.

In this short video I provide a demonstration of how to use the U.S. News Map to find historical newspaper articles.

The Library of Congress hosted an online conference for teachers in the fall of 2016. One of the featured presentations of that conference was Teaching With Historical Newspapers. Chronicling America was featured in the presentation. You can watch the recording embedded below to learn how to navigate the Chronicling America collection and pick up some tips for incorporating the newspapers into your practice.

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