Over three years, the Teaching Iowa History Project will produce the following products:

Database of Iowa historians, creating a broader Iowa humanities community
     117 Iowa historians responded to the survey.  A contact database has been developed, and Iowa historians will serve as subject matter experts, called upon in multiple ways during the project.
     Bibliography of Iowa history sources and resources.  In progress - March 2018 draft posted here.  Feedback and suggestions welcome.  This project will be finalized April 15.

Virtual collection of primary sources and associated Iowa history content
     In process beginning January 2018

Instructional resources including K-6 lesson plans, 7-12 text sets
     In process beginning January 2018
     Text Set Template - see pdf below
     Lesson Plan Template - see Word document below
     Lesson Plan Template with Guidance - see pdf below
    Best Practices for Local History Projects - see pdf below

Professional development template and training
      Professional Development Template - see Word document below
      Professional Development Template with Guidance - see Word document below
     Coming Soon - Summer 2018 professional development opportunities

Professional development training videos on teaching with primary sources
     In process beginning January 2018

Classroom testing of instructional resources

Survey for Iowa history content and supporting primary sources
We are now collecting Iowa history stories from all four corners of Iowa - stories that are supported by primary sources (artifacts, documents, photographs) - stories that will be used as the basis for instructional resources for Iowa's teachers.  These instructional resources will be created by experts - the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa History Center at Simpson College.  When complete, they will be posted on multiple websites and available free for museum or classroom use.

This is an opportunity to raise awareness in classrooms statewide of the collections held in Iowa's museums and their importance to preserving the historical identity and fabric of our state.   E-mail jpgs of authentic artifacts and associated Iowa history story to   Please do not U.S. mail responses to the Iowa Museum Association as we need everything in electronic format for next  steps.

Iowa Core Social Studies Standards are posted here.

Text Set Template
(Adobe PDF File)
Lesson Plan Template
(Microsoft Word Document)
Professional Development Template
(Microsoft Word Document)
The new Iowa Social Studies Standards are posted here.