In-Classroom Resources

Science and Nature at Cantigny Park

Cantigny in the Classroom Science Resource Boxes

Enhance your environmental education and science units with the aid of a Cantigny in the Classroom Science Resource Box. Resource boxes can be used by teachers, community centers, camp programs and any adult hoping to educate a group of children about animals and nature.


  • Animal Adaptations
  • Pollinators
  • Trees

Boxes include:

  • Teacher Guides
  • Lessons and activities connected to box contents
  • Books, field guides and/or DVDs
  • Tree sections and insect and animal specimens
  • Magnifiers

Most kits include activities appropriate for students in grades 1-8th.

Cantigny in the Classroom Science Resource Boxes can be checked out for two weeks. They must be reserved for pick up at least one week in advance.

For more information or for reservations, please contact the Science Educator at

Military History at the First Division Museum

History Trunks

History Trunk Themes

  • American Revolution
  • War of 1812
  • Civil War (Union and Confederate)
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Vietnam War
  • Gulf War
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Women in the Military

History trunks offer a hands-on supplement for teachers to use within their classroom curriculum. The trunks provide an opportunity for students to handle uniforms and field gear used by soldiers in a specific war. A teacher’s guide is included in each trunk to provide descriptions and interpretation of the equipment, music from the time period, and activity ideas for history trunk items.

History Trunk Add-ons

We are opening our artifact closet to teachers! Add-on gas masks, specialty uniforms and equipment, or objects to tell stories about women and diverse groups to your history trunk. See our artifact list at or contact our Educator with requests.

History trunks can be checked out for two weeks; they must be reserved at least one week in advance. For more information or for reservations, visit

Resource Packets

Resource packets about the WWI letters home, D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge are available. They include reproductions of documents, photographs, newspaper articles, maps, letters, oral histories and other primary sources. Packets also contain classroom activities for middle and high school students.

All packets are available online at

Museum on the March

The First Division Museum is ready to deploy to your classroom!

For those who want the field trip experience right in their own classroom, we bring museum artifacts and presenters to you! With an emphasis on the 1st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, our educators bring history trunks to the classroom and tell the story of the Division and its individual soldiers, creating a more personal picture of war. Using activities, maps, PowerPoint and tactile elements, the presenters strive to augment the lessons learned in school.

We have versions for late elementary, Middle School or High School (American Revolution, Civil War, WWI, WWII)

For more information or to request a program please contact the Museum Educator at

Veteran Speakers Bureau
  • Afghanistan
  • Persian Gulf
  • Vietnam

Presentation:The veteran will speak about his or her service for 40–45 minutes followed by a 15–20 minute question-and-answer period with the audience.

Interview:Students or guests should be prepared in advance to ask questions of the veteran speaker. Due to the sensitive topics being discussed we ask that students’ questions are reviewed prior to the interview. Please remind students and guests that veterans have often experienced more trauma in their lives than most civilians.

For more information or to request a speaker please contact the Museum Education Coordinator at

History and Civics at the Robert R. McCormick House

Newspapers and Political Cartoons

Looking for a Historic Chicago Tribune? Michigan State has a small selection of colored Tribunes you can use in your classroom. Click on images to download from the Janet A. Ginsburg Chicago Tribune Collection.

Use our document analysis worksheet to evaluate the historic Tribunes found above or any other text-based document from history.

Examine a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoon from John T. McCutcheon of the Chicago Tribune in 1932 about the Great Depression and make comparisons to the most recent economic downturn. (Link used with permission from the Indiana Historical Society)

Colonel McCormick was famous for being the owner and operator of the Chicago Tribune, that doesn’t mean that everyone in Chicago was a fan. Political cartoonist Cecil Jensen published a number of comics like these two in the Daily News.

A Chinese Immigrant Experience in the 1940s and ’50s: The Story of the Wu Family

The story of Robert R. McCormick’s ties to KC Wu and his family can be used to introduce civics topics, or wrap-up a lesson about the end of the Chinese exclusion acts.

Read a short story about the Wu family. The lesson is designed to be printed front and back, with a page on vocabulary, one on the story, and an afterward.

Problem Based Learning

Does your school have a different curriculum?

The Robert R. McCormick House can work with you on planning different types of lessons. In problem-based learning, students are encouraged to seek out real life problems and propose ways to help. This follows the same pattern as many Civic Action Projects (CAP curriculum).

If you are a teacher interested in problem-based learning or planning a different type of lesson, please contact the McCormick House Educator at

These types of special programs work better with smaller class sizes and may take time to organize.

News Literacy Resources

The McCormick Foundation is a proud supporter of News Literacy. If you are looking for resources to plan lessons around this topic, please check out these sites:

Digital Resource Center: Center for News Literacy
The News Literacy Project

Did you know that the Robert R. McCormick Foundation is a huge supporter of Civics Education?
Visit the Democracy Program for additional links to other resources related to Civics and Journalism.

Cantigny Park is a part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.