"Discover Presidential Log Cabins" is a set of materials designed to help educate 6th to 8th grade students about the significance of three log cabin sites occupied by four of our nation's greatest leaders. Through these materials, students will discover the rich history associated with these log structures and learn why it is important to preserve them. This teacher's discussion guide is intended for use as part of a larger, comprehensive social studies program, and may be adapted to complement your lesson plans.
The hallowed grounds of these cabin sites have been protected as units of the National Park System. At these sites, four men formed philosophies that would guide their presidencies in the years that followed. Preserving their log cabin sites saves important aspects of our shared history as a nation.
The "Discover Presidential Log Cabins" program focuses on three park sites:
Spanning time from the birth of our nation to the conservation of its lands, the experiences of Washington, Grant, Lincoln, and Roosevelt while at these three cabin sites represent a unique periods in our nation's history. Use these educational tools to assist in teaching the significance of these sites and the great leaders who dwelled within them.
This program is designed for students in 6th to 8th grades. Many of the materials can, however, be adapted for use in other grade levels.
Using the Program Components
Guide and Classroom Activity Sheets
Complementing this guide is a new Web site (located at: www.nps.gov/LogCabin), an educational videotape, and a series of electronic field trips all devoted to Discovering American's Presidential Log Cabins. Combining these different educational tools, we offer you an innovative package with which to teach your students about significant periods in American history. Used alone or in combination, you will find these materials valuable resources from school year to school year.
Additional interactive activities are available on the Web site (www.nps.gov/LogCabin) that will challenge students to apply what they are learning. These activities include:
The site will be continuously updated and enhanced. Your students can learn what it takes to accurately restore the Grant and Roosevelt cabins. And, students can even become archeological "assistants" when they log on to the Valley Forge section and join in on the big dig. A listing of pertinent resources and Web site links is provided as well. The discovery quest continues throughout the summer, as students, parents, and teachers visit the Web site to learn more. Families can even plan summer vacations to the park sites at Valley Forge, PA, Hopewell, VA or Medora, ND.
"Discover Presidential Log Cabins"
The video presentation can serve as an ideal preparation module for the electronic field trips that follow. You may choose to show your class this informative video before you log on to take part in the field trips where your students can quiz historians about any of the featured areas. Supplies of the video are limited to one free copy per school (with unlimited rights for schools to make additional copies of the tape). Please refer to the registration information in this guide and register early. Videos will be mailed to your school address in early September 2000.
There are two field trips scheduled to each of the three presidential park sites one morning and one afternoon session.
Register for only one specific field trip, or the entire series of three. Please refer to the registration information in this guide for further information. Each electronic field trip lasts 20 minutes. Due to capacity issues, only a limited number of pre-registered schools will be able to participate. Be sure to register early.
A colorful Classroom Poster will be sent to you for display in your classroom. It will serve as a great reminder of the Web site address and the electronic field trip dates and times.
There is a limited supply of free "Discover Presidential Log Cabins" educational videotapes available for 6th to 8th grade social studies and history teachers. To receive a copy, and to register for the electronic field trips (see schedule above), please call toll-free 1-800-943-6775, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., EST, fax your request to 212/921-9536, or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive confirmation of your registration.
For more information, visit the official Web site at: www.nps.gov/LogCabin. The Presidential Log Cabin Web site features sections designed just for teachers and students, as well as a family section. Visit the site often as part of your classroom activities and encourage your students to visit with their parents to learn more about these historic log cabins.
"Discover Presidential Log Cabins" educational materials are provided to teachers FREE and were created by the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service and Aurora Foods, Inc., makers of Log Cabin syrup. Aurora is a Proud Restoration Partner with the National Park Foundation (NPF) and the National Park Service. The program was created by NPF to fund the restoration of log buildings throughout the National Park System. Currently, more than 400 log cabins in more than 300 National Parks are in need of restoration. Aurora Foods is contributing up to $1 million over four years to fund log cabin restorations and educational activities in the National Parks.