New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_2413
A poster that compares dirty windows to clean windows and suggests that dirty windows may have an effect on student eyesight, circa 1900.
For whom were these posters written?
Who do you think wrote them?
What specific characteristics of the school building were the posters targeting?
According to these posters, why was it important to maintain the building?
Research what changes have been made in American schools in the past two hundred years to make them healthier environments for students.
Math: What is the percentage of classrooms in your school that have windows? What percent do not have windows?
Science: How does the human body react to sunlight? How can sunlight benefit your health?
English Language Arts: Write a letter to a school board member suggesting changes that could be made in your school to make it a healthier environment for students.
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DK Publishing. Children's History of the 20th Century. DK Publishing, Inc., August 1999. ISBN: 0789447223
McGovern, Ann. If You Lived 100 Years Ago. Scholastic, Inc., August 1999. ISBN: 0590960016