Building a community of practice around teaching Iowa history with primary sources held in public collections in support of Iowa Social Studies Standards.


Over three years, the Teaching Iowa History project will produce a number of products. 


Teaching with primary sources videos developed by University of Iowa Museum Studies Certificate Program students:
Teaching With Historical Objects: Object Based Learning

Database of Iowa historians, creating a broader Iowa humanities community
     117 Iowa historians have self-identified and will serve as subject matter experts, called upon in multiple ways during the project.
     Bibliography of Iowa history sources and resources This bibliography was crowd sourced with the help of Iowa historians.  It is a living document, expected to grow in content and change in format over time.

Virtual collection of primary sources and associated Iowa history content
    This collection began to be built January 2018 and will continue to be built for four semesters. 
    If your organization is sharing images of art, history, natural history, or other objects from its collection for Teaching Iowa History, please fill out this Permission Form and send it to 

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

Professional development template and training
      Professional Development Template - see Word document below
      Professional Development Template with Guidance - see Word document below
Classroom testing of instructional resources - Coming next year.

Collection of 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.