Using this Packet

     The activities in this packet have been divided into elementary and secondary levels.  As you will see, however, when you peruse the packet contents, most of the activities can easily be adapted for use at other grades.  There are a variety of activities for your students to work on while in Teddy Roosevelt:  A Singular Life, as well as pre- and post-visit activities.  Please feel free to mix and match these activities to best tie in with what you are doing in your classroom and to meet the needs and abilities of your students.

     While the gallery activities will be especially useful for self-guided visits, you may also incorporate them into a guided tour.  Simply let your guide know which activity or activities you will have your students completing.  Depending on the activity, your guide may have students wait until after the formal part of their tour to work on the activity.


     The activities in this packet were developed around four main ideas, or themes.

     First, we want students to learn about Theodore Roosevelt, his roots, his long career of public service, and tremendous impact on the presidency, the country, and the world.

     Second, we want to help students see a continuum of history by putting significant events of our nation’s history into chronological perspective.

     Third, we want students to have the opportunity to view original documents and artifacts and to gain a basic understanding of their meaning and significance.

     Finally, we want students to appreciate and learn from primary source materials – artifacts and documents.


Numerous Michigan Content Standards and Benchmarks for Social Studies and Language Arts are addressed in one or more of the activities included in this packet.

Social Studies                                              Language Arts

     Historical Perspective                                      Meaning and Communication

Time and Chronology                                    Reading and Comprehension

          Comprehending the Past                               Writing

          Analyzing and Interpreting the Past       Depth of Understanding

     Geographic Perspective                                  Understanding Complexity

          Global Issues and Events                               Making Connections

     Inquiry                                                   Inquiry and Research

Information Processing         Defining and Investigating

          Conducting Investigations                                                          

     Public Discourse and Decision Making

          Identifying and Analyzing Issues