The Private Eye - looking closely and thinking by analogy with jeweler's loupes and inquiry method for hands-on interdisciplinary science, art, writing, math, and more

StampTransportation and U.S. History
Project Description


Students in Libby Sinclair's 4th-5th grade classroom started the year with a history of transportation in the United States; their focus: railroads. They studied the issues of line placement; who determined the locations and why; the impact on the Native Americans; the term "railroaded" and the concepts of manifest destiny and eminent domain. They compared the modern issues of light rail and took the train round-trip from Seattle to Portland. Libby started the students off using The Private Eye to loupe-study and draw train stamps; one of her goals was to help the students get inside the feeling, shape, landscape and function of trains.

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