We've been working on a new project at the Museum about mysteries in American history and it got us wondering...what mysterious events in American history do you discuss with students? What mysteries most intrigue them? How do you use mystery and discovery as a strategy in your classes--in document explorations, research projects, etc.?
One mystery that we find teachers are excited to discuss with students is the secret message inside Lincoln's pocket watch. Who wrote it and what does it say? What would embolden someone to graffiti the president's watch? Is there more than one message and what can the message(s) tell us about the Civil War? If you'd like to explore a few of our favorite mysteries, join us and The 39 Clues book series for a virtual field trip on March 5 at 1 Eastern. Students will uncover the story behind Lincoln's watch, consider the fate of the missing star from the Star-Spangled Banner, and more with host David Baldacci--and it's aligned with the Common Core!
We're looking forward to hearing your favorite mysteries, and hope you'll join us on the 5th!