Classroom Kits

World War II Classroom Kit

Learning about our resources at a Professional Development workshop.

The Fairfield Museum’s Classroom Kits contain reproduction primary sources from the museum’s collections, the Library of Congress and exhibitions that explore local and national arts, history and cultural themes. Teaching with primary sources is a valuable tool to introduce students to history. In the process, students gain valuable research, critical thinking and analysis skills.

The kits include a Teacher Guide, Lesson Plans, Student Activities, Essential Questions and other resources that are easy to implement in the classroom. We work with local and regional educators to ensure that the materials are relevant and complement the curriculum. Lesson plans are flexible and easily adaptable for differentiation and multiple grade levels. Pre-service teachers from Fairfield University’s Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions have partnered with the Fairfield Museum to develop some of these materials.

Call Michael Barraco, Director of Education at 203-259-1598 for pricing or contact us here. Discounts are available for orders of 3 and over.


Powers of Persuasion: Posters from the Home Front

A Propaganda PosterUtilizing the museum’s rich collection of World War II posters, teachers can use this kit to introduce primary sources into their World War II curriculum. Propaganda posters played an important role in encouraging Americans to support the war effort from home. Students will analyze a variety of World War II posters created by the government in order to enhance their understanding of propaganda and its influence on society.

A selection of posters are also available in full-size reproductions that are 24 x 36″ and laminated. The larger sized reproductions are powerful tools for teaching about America’s role in World War II, from the home front to the war front.

The Kit includes an Introduction, Lesson Plan (with differentiation), Student Graphic Organizers, a CD with materials and 24 Laminated 8.5 x 11″ Posters.


D1-a-2Am-I-Not-a-ManSlavery in Connecticut

Slavery is often taught within the context of the Civil War, but its history in America begins in 1619, when the first slaves arrived in Jamestown. At the time of the American Revolution, Connecticut was the largest slave holding colony in New England. Maritime trade and farmland produced a rich abundance of commerce and products that contributed to the Triangle Trade.  This kit includes laminated primary sources (such as slave sale receipts, many with transcriptions) from the 17th and early 18th century that give clues for students to analyze Connecticut’s role in slavery and how African Americans became a part of America’s national identity. Also included are teacher resources, a timeline, vocabulary, and how to connect this topic with the new CT Social Studies Frameworks. Cost: $50 + shipping.


Lincoln Primary SourcePromise of Freedom: Beyond the Emancipation Proclamation

This kit, a companion to the Promise of Freedom exhibition,  provides a variety of resources and reproduction primary sources to explore themes based on the Emancipation Proclamation, from slavery through the civil rights period. Included are Teacher Guides, lesson plans, a book list, suggested reading and student activities utilizing primary sources as a tool for historical inquiry. Multidisciplinary lesson plans have been developed in partnership with graduate students/pre-service teachers at Fairfield University Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions. Lesson plans address Connecticut social studies and language arts curriculum, as well as Common Core standards. View a photo of the kit here >>

The kit includes:

  • Suggested Activities (suggested as pre-visit materials for a field trip to view the exhibition Promise of Freedom)
  • 6 laminated, letter size Inquiry Cards of noted broadsides, cartoons and photographs portraying Abraham Lincoln, different points of view on the Emancipation Proclamation and the experience of slaves becoming emancipated
  • How to Use the Inquiry Cards & Related Lesson Plans. View a sample here >>
  • Suggested Readings
  • Book List
  • Lesson Plans
  • CD of all materials