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Colonial Williamsburg Resource Library: The Rare Breeds & More

April 18, 2017 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
Sheep from the Rare Breeds Program at Colonial Williamsburg

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.

Access the great resources below by signing into your account on the Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library! Create a free account here.

More Resources about Colonial Williamsburg's Rare Breeds Program

Spend a day with Colonial Williamsburg's coach and livestock staff.
Meet the animals in our Rare Breeds Program, including our Devon cowsOssabaw Island pigs, and amazingly plumed chickens!
Read about our Rare Breeds Program.
View a slideshow of animals in the Historic Area.

The Rare Breeds

Videos, Web Activities, and Lesson Plans
Learn how work animals were used in colonial Virginia and the importance of preserving rare breeds to recreate the life and times of early America.

Birth Record for Samuel Asay

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

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.

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