The USS Constitution Museum created A Sailor's Life for Me Educator Resources as a vehicle to help educators use A Sailor's Life for Me with their students. There are many options for exploration! A Sailor's Life for Me offers a range of learning materials: primary sources, collections items, hands-on activities, outside resources and stories of real people from the War of 1812. The resources available are flexible, search-able, and the lessons and activities do not always require access to a computer or the internet. Many activities, lessons and supplemental resources can be printed for use.
The Learning Goals of A Sailor's Life for Me will help your students gain an understanding of the War of 1812 and daily life aboard USS Constitution in an active and creative way. Your students will benefit most from a guided experience with an educator; which will include a mixture of activities and lessons suggested for Sail To Victory, Explore Old Ironsides and Meet Your Shipmates. The Educator Resources section suggests activities and lessons for each of USS Constitution's Explore Old Ironsides 27 scenes.
There is no “right” or “wrong” way to use A Sailor's Life for Me. Because of its flexibility, educators can integrate A Sailor's Life for Me into their curriculum at different levels. Below are important questions, suggestions, and Integration Models in planning your activities in using A Sailor's Life for Me with your students: