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Interpreting the Evidence

Dog Days and Dripping Poster, c. 1900

  • Documents in this Activity:
  • Historical Era:

    Turn of the Century and WWI (1890 - 1930)

  • Thinking Skill:

    Historical Analysis & Interpretation

  • Grade Level:

    Lower Elementary
    Upper Elementary
    Middle School
    High School
    College University

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  • Regions:

    New York City
    New York State

  • Creator:

    NYS Archives Partnership Trust Education Team

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Suggested Teaching Instructions

Document Description
A poster that gave schools information about temperature and humidity and its effect on children, circa 1900.
Historical Context
In the early 1900s, educators were aware of the importance of comfortable facilities in the school building.  Posters and informational pamphlets were published to remind teachers and school administrators of the importance of these facilities to students and how well they learned.
Essential Question
How does culture influence a society's education system?
Check for Understanding
Identify the main idea of this poster and explain its overall purpose.
Historical Challenges
Research what changes have been made in American schools in the past two hundred years to make them healthier environments for students.
Interdisciplinary Connections
Math: Measure and record the outdoor temperature and the temperature in your classroom every day for a week. What was the average outdoor temperature for the week? What was the average temperature in your classroom for the week? Calculate the difference between the average outdoor temperature and the average temperature in your classroom.
Science: Record the temperature and relative humidity in different areas of your school. Which areas are the warmest? The coldest? Why? How do you think temperature and humidity affect the health and learning of students in your school?
English Language Arts: Write a letter to a school board member suggesting changes that could be made in your school to make it a healthier environment for students.