Growing Up in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s
Grades 3 to 5
Investigate artifacts from these remarkable decades to learn about the fads and fancies that shaped Chicago in the late twentieth century.
Smiley Face Circle Stories
Students will explore artifacts from the 1970s to learn about the fads and fancies that shaped this remarkable decade. They will then write collaborative "circle stories" about the objects. Since many of today's teachers grew up in the seventies, students have the opportunity to gain insight into their teachers' own childhood experiences, to develop historical empathy, and to better understand the relationship between past, present, and future.
Stampin’ Around Chicago
To learn about the fads and fancies that shaped the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, students will explore artifacts from these iconic decades then create a postage stamp inspired by what they have learned.
Kidding Around in the 1980s
By sampling the pop culture of the 1980s through movies, music, toys, and magazines, students will make personal connections with how kids entertained themselves in that era.
Back to the Future
Inspired by the 1985 movie Back to the Future, students will write a story imagining what it would be like to travel back in time and meet their parents as elementary school students.