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Classroom Activity Guide

This activity guide accompanies the exhibition America on the Move. It delivers a variety of historical primary-source materials from the exhibition directly to your classroom. Through these documents and activities, students can build a deeper understanding of how transportation shaped American commerce, communities, landscapes, and population migrations. These documents are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Table of Contents and learning standards
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1880s | 1920s | 1930s and 1940s | 1950s and 1960s | 1970s-2000s


Unit One: 1880s
Agricultural Nation: Foods and Families on the Move
Subtheme: immigrant and migrant workers
To the Teacher instructions
 pdf
Six images with analysis questions
 pdf
Clues sheet with contextual and image information
 pdf
Mapping the Big Idea—map activity
 pdf
Taking a Deeper Look—higher-level primary-source document;
debate questions and projects
 pdf
What about Your Neighborhood?—apply themes to students’
communities; questions, Web resources
 pdf

Unit Two: 1920s
Industrial Nation: Workers and Products on the Move
Subtheme: struggle for racial equality
To the Teacher instructions
 pdf
Six images with analysis questions
 pdf
Clues sheet with contextual and image information
 pdf
Mapping the Big Idea—map activity
 pdf
Taking a Deeper Look—higher-level primary-source document;
debate questions and projects
 pdf
What about Your Neighborhood?—apply themes to students’
communities; questions, Web resources
 pdf

Unit Three: 1930s and 1940s
Early Highways that Bind the Nation: Families on the Move
Subtheme: depression, Dust Bowl, post–World War II
To the Teacher instructions
 pdf
Six images with analysis questions
 pdf
Clues sheet with contextual and image information
 pdf
Mapping the Big Idea—map activity
 pdf
Taking a Deeper Look—higher-level primary-source document;
debate questions and projects
 pdf
What about Your Neighborhood?—apply themes to students’
communities; questions, Web resources
 pdf

Unit Four: 1950s and 1960s
Suburban Communities on the Move
Subtheme: cities versus suburbs
To the Teacher instructions
 pdf
Six images with analysis questions
 pdf
Clues sheet with contextual and image information, related oral histories
 pdf
Mapping the Big Idea—map activity
 pdf
Taking a Deeper Look—higher-level primary-source document;
debate questions and projects
 pdf
What about Your Neighborhood?—apply themes to students’
communities; questions, Web resources
 pdf

Unit Five: 1970s–2000
The World’s People and Products on the Move
Subtheme: globalization of workforce
To the Teacher instructions
 pdf
Six images with analysis questions
 pdf
Clues sheet with contextual and image information
 pdf
Mapping the Big Idea—map activity
 pdf
Taking a Deeper Look—higher-level primary-source document;
debate questions and projects
 pdf
What about Your Neighborhood?—apply themes to students’
communities; questions, Web resources
 pdf

Additional Resources
Term definitions, bibliography, webliography
 pdf
Acknowledgments
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