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TwHP Lesson Plan

Floyd Bennett Field: Naval Aviation's Home in Brooklyn

The National Park Service has published a Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) lesson plan entitled, "Floyd Bennett Field: Naval Aviation's Home in Brooklyn".

The Task Force wrote the lesson plan in cooperation with Park Service staff. TwHP is an educational program of the National Register of Historic Places, and the plan is available on their web site (see link below).

The lesson plan covers the World War 2 era--when Naval Air Station New York (Floyd Bennett Field) was the busiest naval airfield in the country and played its most important role in our nation's history. The lesson plan features maps, photographs, readings and learning activities; and it will be available at no cost to educators and schools all across the country.

TwHP has developed lesson plans; guidance on using places to teach; information encouraging educators, historians, preservationists, site interpreters, and others to work together effectively; and professional development publications and training courses.

Real historic places generate excitement and curiosity about the people who lived there and the events that occurred there. They offer experiences and information that help make the past real for anyone who visits or studies them. Rooted in this certainty, Teaching with Historic Places promotes places as effective tools for enlivening traditional classroom instruction.

Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans turn students into historians as they study primary sources, historical and contemporary photographs and maps, and other documents, and then search for the history around them in their own communities. They enjoy a historian's sense of discovery as they learn about the past by actively examining places to gather information, form and test hypotheses, piece together "the big picture," and bridge the past to the present. By seeking out nearby historic places, students explore the relationship of their own community's history to the broader themes that have shaped this country.

By using places listed in the National Register to "bring history to life," educators can help students connect social studies, history, geography, and other subjects to their own lives. Students not only learn better, but also come to appreciate the value of the nation's cultural resources. TwHP materials guide teachers, historians, historic site specialists, and others through this process.

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