Teacher Resources

Below you will find resources for teaching with primary sources and historical objects to enrich your classroom teaching and advance student learning.

Child Labor Travel Trunk Program

Travel Trunk Lending Program

Grades 3-6 can discover and learn about the industrial history, machines, and people involved in child labor with this take-home Travel Trunk dedicated to what it was like for minors working in manufacturing mills.

What’s included in the trunk:

  • Books
  • Primary source weaving objects
  • Activities
  • Games
  • Curriculum guides
  • And more!

Guidelines are provided for educators that enable them to adapt materials to students’ abilities. Activities can be used with teams or individuals and encompass several academic areas: social studies, literacy, history, art, science, and technology. Each educational activity has a curriculum guide that shows how it applies to specific performance indicators in Maine’s Learning Results.

Pair the Travel Trunk with the Child Labor Unit resources including lesson plans, curriculum, and online tools to bring a full unit of learning to your students. 

The Travel Trunk may be reserved for two-week periods, at no cost. 

To reserve the Child Labor Travel Trunk, click here.