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Colonial Williamsburg Resource Library: The Rare Breeds & More
April 18, 2017 - Posted in Education by B. Jamison
SHEEP WEEK - Others have Shark Week... we have Sheep Week, to honor the fluffy, friendly, playful new lambs born each spring at Colonial Williamsburg!
The sheep, Leicester Longwools, are part of our Rare Breeds Program, which protects heritage breeds of cows, chickens, horses, sheep, and more so we can learn about them and enjoy them for years to come.
Primary Source Analysis
This 1806 birth record includes a scene showing spectators gathered near the finish line of a horserace. A scene such as this would have been very familiar to colonial Virginians.
Teaching Tips: How to Use these Resources
Use the web activity What Are Animals For? from The Rare Breeds to introduce younger students to the various uses of animals in the 18th century. You may wish to brainstorm uses for animals with students prior to the activity to access prior knowledge.
Assess the maturity level of your students when using the lessons and web activities for The Rare Breeds, in that they do use historic terms for animals such as donkeys, and discuss in very general terms animal husbandry and breeding.