Study art periods for a particular history story, seeing what the main character would have seen in their culture. What architecture was being built when this person lived? What transportation was available to this person? Can you find a picture of the type of train, buggy, wagon, etc. that this person rode in? (Use the Internet for research.)
Learn a skill from the time era. Do the girls in your story sew? Do the Indians wear beaded jewelry or beaded moccasins? What did the cowboy eat, and how did he cook it? What knots did a sailor have to know how to tie, and how did he use them?
Include videos of historical periods and events as a quick way to set the scene. Many biographies are available in the “classics” section of video-rental stores. Most public libraries are now carrying videos, often including PBS or educational cable TV specials that may fit in with your curriculum.
Many more suggestions are available in our book Taking the Mystery Out of Learning Styles.