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For Teachers:

    About Cyrus Field's Big Dream
Suggested Ages / Grades
Age 10 (Grade 5) and up. A "rousing good story." "Field's...diligence and perseverance shine brightly, and these attributes make this story a winner."
Enrichment Activities
There are several enrichment sources on pages 196-197 of  the book, titled "Connections to Make."

Be sure to visit the extensive website, "Atlantic-Cable.com." It's full of information on the transatlantic cable and on Cyrus Field and other cable pioneers.

Enjoy these videos: “The Trans-Atlantic Cable.” "Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s ‘Great Eastern’."

Search online for "Great Eastern." There are many sites, including "SS Great Eastern." 

Read these pages: Cyrus Field's explanation of how he laid the cable; John Godfrey Saxe's poem, “How Cyrus Laid the Cable." 

See Cyrus's  Congressional medal.

Download one or more of my PDF activities: Book Scavenger Hunt. Morse Code activity. Queen Victoria's messages. Comparing Currencies

Curriculum Connections
Cyrus Field's Big Dream was designated a Best STEM Book by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council. The book will meet STEM and STEAM requirements, and curriculum connections in the following areas:
      Language Arts, Science and Technology, Mathematics, History, Geography. 
Click here to download a PDF of this curriculum chart.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
Content Areas
Categories / Activities
    • Language Arts READING:   biography of a notable American
WRITING:   book reports, journals, letters
RESEARCH:   resource notes, selected bibliography
     • Science and Technology

 

Pioneering use of underwater electric cables
Development of the scientific method
Compare Cyrus Field's undersea cable with today's methods of instant communication
Telegraphy
Uses of Morse Code
Naval architecture
PHYSICAL SCIENCE: weather/climate
     • Mathematics Recording and analyzing data
Calculations
    Comparing statue miles and nautical miles
    Estimating and measuring distances, time, and weights
    Comparing currencies
     • Social Studies: History Chronology 1819-1866
Civil War
Nineteenth century urban development and expansion in the U.S.
U.S. relations with Canada and Great Britain
    • Social Studies: Geography North America and the British Isles
Oceans and land masses
The Atlantic Ocean, including ocean floor
Using latitude and longitude to locate global positions

 

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