ESSEX COUNTY MUSEUM / HISTORICAL SOCIETY
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
 
We at the Essex County Museum and Historical Society have expanded our listing of school programs for your lesson planning. Please reserve 30 days in advance from October through May. The month of December is not available due to Holidays and previous commitments by the Museum.

Lessons have recommended grade levels, however, you may choose any combination based on your class aptitude, interest, and time available. Group size is limited to 20 students if in-house at the museum. A sample of the reservation request is attached for your planning. All lessons are in compliance with Virginia’s S.O.L.’s.

Some of the lessons offer hands-on activities. Each lesson includes take home items that can be copied for use in the classroom or at home. Time estimates are also listed for your planning.

We offer programs Tuesday through Friday 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. either at the museum or in your respective classroom. We will try to accommodate any time requests other than that offered in order to make our programs more accessible.

Reservations can be made by calling the museum at (804) 443 4690 any day except Wednesdays, Sundays and Holidays. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or visit our web site www.essexmuseum.org for more detail on lessons available, or by contacting Joan Moore, Director of Education, education@essexmuseum.org

We look forward to serving your educational interests and needs.



1. HISTORY OF CORN: Students will learn the origin of corn, the different types of corn, the geography of corn, and experience, by hands on, the earliest means and methods of preparing dried corn for grits. Current day corn products will be displayed and discussed. ( An 11 minute video of a local water powered grist mill will be shown). Recommended grade level : All

ESTIMATED TIME: 30 – 35 minutes

HANDS – ON ACTIVITY: Grinding corn into meal, using a mortar and pestle

TAKE HOME: Vocabulary listing, instructions for making a corn husk doll and wreath, map of Corn Belt States.



2. ARCHAEOLOGY: Students will learn through visual aids, discussion, and hands-on, the meaning of Archaeology, the equipment and methods used to identify artifacts. They will learn the importance Archaeology has on the history of our nation. Recommended grade level : third and above.

ESTIMATED TIME: 25 – 30 minutes

HANDS – ON ACTIVITY: Sifting sand and uncovering a variety of artifacts.

TAKE HOME: Vocabulary listing, Archaeological anagram, picture for coloring, diploma.



3. CHESAPEAKE BAY, MARINE LIFE, AND WATERMEN: Students will learn through discussion and visual aids the importance of: The Rivers, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, marine life, and pre-historic life. The job of the Waterman will be discussed along with environmental concerns. John Smith’s exploration will also be a topic for discussion. A DVD, “Chesapeake by Air” is available to be shown as a pre-visit aid. Recommended grade level: fourth grade and above.

ESTIMATED TIME: 35 – 40 minutes

HANDS-ON ACTIVITY: Use of hand-outs

TAKE HOME: Glossary, copy of “what people can do to save the bay”, Word search, Oyster Castles, picture of a pre-historic mammal (Zeuglodon).




4. 18TH CENTURY CLOTHING: Students will be able to identify via visual aids, discussion, and hands-on the difference in 18 c clothing and accessories worn by the working class, wealthy, and children. They will learn some of the techniques used in making cloth and how the clothing and accessories were maintained. Recommended grade level: All

ESTIMATED TIME: 40 – 45 minutes

HANDS – ON ACTIVITY: Identify samples of material that might have been used by the different social classes in the 18th century. Demonstration by instructor of carding wool

TAKE HOME: Vocabulary list, clothing picture to color.



5. 18TH CENTURY COLONIAL LIFE:
Students will learn through visual aids and discussion the transformation from settlements to towns, city life vs. plantation life, clothing, pastimes, travel, transportation, and various occupations.( An 11 minute video of the miller’s job is included ). Recommended grade level: third grade and above.

ESTIMATED TIME: 40 – 45 minutes

HANDS – ON ACTIVITY: None

TAKE HOME: Vocabulary list, colonial talk list, pictures of anvil, pottery maker, brickmaker, and examples of blacksmith’s work.



6. EARLY TAPPAHANNOCK: Students will learn through exhibits and a selected guided walking tour of Historic Tappahannock the importance of the people, the land, and the River which played such a vital role in the economy. Recommended grade level third and above.

ESTIMATED TIME: 50-55 minutes (15 mins inside museum, 35-40 mins on walking tour)

HANDS – ON ACTIVITY:Walking Tour

TAKE HOME: Vocabulary list, map of Historic Tappahannock, word find page, pictures of Indian river huts, copy of original plat of the town.



7. JOHN SMITH’S EXPLORATION, JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, AND POCAHONTAS: Students will learn through discussion and visual aids the importance of John Smith’s exploration, the waterways he surveyed, and the Indian tribes he encountered and the influence they had on him. They will learn the significance of Jamestown and the important role Pocahontas had on the settlement’s survival. Recommended grade level: All

ESTIMATED TIME: 25 minutes

HANDS – ON ACTIVITY: None

TAKE HOME:Vocabulary list, initial voyage facts, outlines of John Smith, Pocahontas, and Jamestown Settlement, pictures of Indian village.



8. 18TH CENTURY LAUNDRY METHODS: Students will learn the process of 18th century laundry methods by viewing some of the equipment and how it was used. Recommended grade level: All

ESTIMATED TIME: 20 - 25 minutes

HANDS – ON ACTIVITY: Student’s will take turns using a scrubbing board

TAKE HOME: Vocabulary list, 18century soap making information.



9. 18TH CENTURY OPEN HEARTH COOKING: Students will learn through visual aids and discussion the various tools and methods used in the preparation of and the preservation of food. They will learn who prepared the meals, and the 18th century diet. Recommended grade level: All

ESTIMATED TIME: 35 minutes

HANDS – ON ACTIVITY: None

TAKE HOME: Vocabulary list, Herbal listing, copy of open-hearth utensils, outline for candle-making.



10. 18TH CENTURY SCHOOL ROOM EXPERIENCE: Students will participate in an 18th century classroom exercise for both boys and girls via discussion, visual aids and hands-on activities. They will experience a typical day by reviewing learning tools, writing on slates , Latin and Greek lessons, geography, and celestial navigation. They will also learn about the type of pastime activities the children engaged in. The importance of the Declaration of Independence will also be included. Recommended grade level: third and above

ESTIMATED TIME: 40 minutes

HANDS – ON ACTIVITY: Writing on slates and reviewing hornbooks

TAKE HOME: Vocabulary list, colonial talk, how to make a hornbook and whirligig.



11. SPINNING AND WEAVING: Students will learn about the labor, skills, methods, and tools necessary to make homespun textiles in the 18th century. This will be achieved through visual aids, demonstration, and discussion relating to preparing flax and wool for use in spinning and weaving. Recommended grade level: Third and above

ESTIMATED TIME: 40 minutes

HANDS – ON ACTIVITY:None - Instructor demonstration of carding wool and use of a drop spindle.

TAKE HOME:Vocabulary list, evolution of textile industry, pictures to color..



12. WORK LIFE IN THE 18TH CENTURY: Students will learn via discussion and visual aids to define the difference between Transported Convicts, Slaves, and Indentured Servants. They will learn the difference in their clothing, jobs, eating and living habits. They will also learn how a quill pen and ink were made. Recommended grade level: Fourth and above

ESTIMATED TIME: 40 minutes

HANDS – ON ACTIVITY:using a quill pen fill out an Indentured Contract.

TAKE HOME:Vocabulary list, completed Indentured Contract.



13. The River Then and Now: To provide students with an understanding and appreciation for the history of the river and how the changes in trades, steam-boating, land use and population growth redefined the region environmentally and economically. A review of John Smith’s voyage and Indian culture will also be discussed. A DVD on the Rappahannock is available as a pre-visit aid. Recommended grade level: Fourth and above

ESTIMATED TIME: 45 minutes

HANDS-ON: Using a map of the river will follow a simulated navigational path of the steamboats and location of the ferries which crisscrossed the river.

TAKE HOME: Steamboat fact sheet







 
            The above modules encompass the following S.O.L.’s.

            k.4; 1.4; 2.4 b-d, 3.3, 3.5, vs.2

            k.2, 1.1, 1.12 2.2, 3.12, vs.3

            k.6, k.7, 1.6 1.7 2.4a, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.7, 3.8, vs.4

            6.4, 6.5, 6.7, 6.9






Reservations can be made by calling the museum at (804) 443-4690 or download the Education Reservation Request Form and mail it to our office.





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