Exploring the U. S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915

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Rebecca Locklear
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5th - 12th, Homeschool
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The U.S. Life-Saving Service (forerunner of the U.S. Coast Guard) installed eight-member rescue teams on remote coastlines of the USA. In the midst of violent storms, these men rowed out to shipwrecks to rescue those on board.

  • How did life-savers live and work in remote locations?
  • Why did ships run aground or sink?
  • How did the men perform rescues?

Investigate early search and rescue and become immersed the time period 1878-1915. Activities include games, drama, cooking, music, stories, science, research, and art.

For families, history and English teachers, scout leaders (hiking/boating survival skills), homeschool families, and museum personnel. Grades 4-12

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"A wonderful, rich resource filled with hands-on, multi-curricular lessons, and oral histories." - Sarah K., Education Director, Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park, MD
✎ “This is such a niche product, but it’s a gem of a find. I like that Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service is targeted to older students, since a lot of times cool unit studies are made for elementary students. The content is really unlike anything you will find elsewhere.” - Jenn L.

✎“My favorite thing about this curriculum is that it appeals to boys in a big way, especially their desire to meet heroes and be a hero. Yes, girls will love this, too (I do!), but it is hard to find stuff that guys just love and latch on to.  I appreciated the depth of the material and how much fun Rebecca Locklear made every workshop!” -Meredith C.

This is one of my top-selling resources and was updated in Feb. 2023. (I always appreciate a rating or review.)

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English, Reading-Writing Specialist, Latin teacher



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