The Grout Museum District Excursion website is sponsored by Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area. Upon entering this interactive educational website, students in grades 4-8 are transformed into historians as they explore primary source photographs, letters and artifacts related to the themes of immigration and agriculture-based industrialization in the heartland. Specifically this website tells the story of the many farmers, factory workers and business leaders who, with their families, built the agriculture-based economy of the heartland. Students discover the complex connections between transportation, industrialization, and population distribution as they explore how the railroad, the factory, the farm and the community grew together to build a powerful and nationally-visible agriculture-based economy in Waterloo, Iowa. A sequence of diverse Web-based research activities and pre- and post-field trip lesson plans link to national standards in the areas of language arts, social studies and history. Student activities and corresponding teacher lesson plans include varied learning activities supported by a problem-based approach to learning. Key features include links to national standards, virtual field trips, analysis of historic photographs, and interpretation of primary source documents.
Grout Museum District
• Learning Games • Pictures and/or Illustrations • Biographical Information
• High School Middle School Elementary School