Education Outreach Programs – Held At Your School

If you can’t bring your students to the Frontier Culture Museum, we can bring the Frontier Culture Museum to your school!

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Coming To A School Auditorium Near You…. Yours!

Are budgets or scheduling logistics preventing you from scheduling a field trip to the Frontier Culture Museum? Well we have good news for you! The Museum can bring quality programs directly to your school!  Education Outreach Programs are available in January, February and early March, and can be presented in a classroom setting or as an assembly. As with our on-site programs, students are able to participate in hands-on activities.

All programs are available to all grade levels and include age appropriate activities and content. You can choose from a wide variety of content and the Museum’s Education Team is prepared to work closely with you to accomplish your learning goals.

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Outreach Programs available in 2015 and 2016:

Program 1:  Empire of Mali
Have your students see what life would have been like in the Mali Empire as presented by our staff from the West African Exhibit. This program also offers students the opportunity to listen to traditional West African music and hear the storytelling of Mali’s griots.
The following Virginia SOLs are supported by this program:
History and Social Science – 3.2, 3.4, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.12, VS.4b & d, USI.4c, WHI.10d.

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Building an Indian Wigwam

Program 2:  Settling the Backcountry
Early Settlement and Everyday Life in the Valley of Virginia.  Your classroom will start by learning about the lives of the Eastern Woodlands Indians found in the Virginia Backcountry. Students will then learn why people settled the western Virginia frontier in the 18th century. Everyone participates in the daily life of American Indians and early settlers and discovers whether they have the skills to survive in the backcountry. Your class is challenged to understand the frontier experience and to reach their own conclusions about American Indians, settlers, and their lives.
The following Virginia SOLs are supported by this program:
History and Social Science—K.2, K.6, K.7, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8 1.9, 1.12c, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 2.12b, 3.8, 3.9, 3.12 VS.1e-f, VS.2e, VS.4b, d-e, USI.1b & I, USI.3b-c, WHII.5d, VUS.2, VUS.3.
Program length is 45 minutes.

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Interpreters Performing Ancestral Music

Program 3:  The “Soundtrack” to the Settling of America
Explore early America’s musical heritage through live performance with the Museum’s own musicians. Students and teachers listen and learn as our musicians reveal the wide-ranging cultural influences that blended together to form the music of early American. Students learn the songs and dances of our ancestors and become part of the performance.
The following Virginia SOLs are supported by this program:
Music—K4, 1.3, 2.3, 3.4, 3.11, 4.10, 5.4, 5.9, 5.11, HS.5.
Program length is 45 minutes.

Program 4:  Quest for the West – Immigration to the Virginia Backcountry
Why did English farmers leave their homes to settle in Virginia in the 1600s? Why did German-speaking farmers from the southwestern states of the Holy Roman Empire, and English-speaking farmer-weavers from Ireland’s northernmost province of Ulster leave their homes? Why were West Africans forcefully taken from their homeland and brought to the American colonies in the 1700s? What could have caused European farmers to risk their lives and the lives of their families to cross the Atlantic for the uncertain rewards of a new life in an unfamiliar place? What did West Africans endure on the transatlantic slave trade? Your class will become part of the story and learn the answer to these questions and more through costumed role-playing.

4a:  From West Africa to West of the Blue Ridge
The following Virginia SOLs are supported by this program:
History and Social Science—3.2, 3.4, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.12, VS.1e-f, VS.3e, VS.4a-b&d-e, VS.6c, USI.1b & i, USI.4, USI.5, WHI.10d, WHII.4d-e, VUS.2, VUS.3.
Theater Arts – M.2, M.7, TI.1, TI.2, TI.3, TI.4, TI.8 (1), TI.12.

4b:  From Germany to West of the Blue Ridge
The following Virginia SOLs are supported by this program:
History and Social Science—3.8. 3.9, 3.12, VS.1e-f, VS.4b, VS.6c, USI.1b & i, USI.5a-c, VUS.2, VUS.3
Theater Arts – M.2, M.7, TI.1, TI.2, TI.3, TI.4, TI.8 (1), TI.12.

4c:  From Ireland to West of the Blue Ridge
The following Virginia SOLs are supported by this program:
History and Social Science—3.8. 3.9, 3.12, VS.1e-f, VS.4b, VS.6c, USI.1b & i, USI.5a-c, VUS.2, VUS.3.
Theater Arts – M.2, M.7, TI.1, TI.2, TI.3, TI.4, TI.8 (1), TI.12.

4d:  From England to West of the Blue Ridge
The following Virginia SOLs are supported by this program:
History and Social Science—3.8. 3.9, 3.12, VS.1e-f, VS.3a, VS.4b, VS.6c, USI.1b & i, USI.5a-c, WHII.4d-e, VUS.2, VUS.3.
Theater Arts – M.2, M.7, TI.1, TI.2, TI.3, TI.4, TI.8 (1), TI.12.

Program lengths are 45 minutes each.

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Schoolmaster at Work

Program 5:  Classroom in the Past
Do you want your students to truly appreciate how good they have it in your classroom? A session with the Museum’s old-time Schoolmaster is just what they need. This program features a brief history of education in early America and invites students to compare life at their school to that of the early nineteenth century. Students also discover what farm life was like for school-aged children. The program includes basic lessons from early American textbooks led by the Schoolmaster. This program or its components can be incorporated into other educational programs.
The following Virginia SOLs are supported by this program:
History and Social Science—K2, 1.12c, 2.3, 3.12, VS.4b, USI.1b.
Program is suitable for all grade levels.
Program length is 45 minutes.

Program 6:  Physical Education Program

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Games From The Past

Museum staff will come to your school and teach you and your students historical games and activities. This program addresses the importance of physical activity to good health and happiness, and links a range of Physical Education SOLs with games of the past.
The following Virginia SOLs are supported by this program:
Physical Education—K.1, K.2, K.3, K.4, 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 3.1a-c, 3.2, 4.1a-b, 5.1a & c, 5.2a, 6.1a, b, & c, 6.2a & d, 6.4b, c-d, 6.5, 7.1a, b, & d, 7.2a-e, 7.4a, b, c, 8.1, 8.2a & c, 8.5a-c.
Program is suitable for all grade levels.
Program length is 45 minutes.

Program 7:  Build-Your-Own Outreach Program
We encourage you to design an outreach program based on your students’ specific needs.  Choose the exhibits and themes you want your students to learn about. Each chosen exhibit requires a minimum of 30 minutes.

Choose from the following exhibits:
• 1700s West African Farm
• 1600s English Farm
• 1700s Irish Farm
• 1700s German Farm
• 1700s American Indian Hamlet
• 1740s American Farm
• 1820s American Farm
• Early American Schoolhouse
• 1850s American Farm

And from the following themes (or work with the Museum’s Education Department to develop your own):
• Daily Life
• Immigration (Old World Exhibits)
• Settlement & Westward Expansion (American Exhibits)
• Plants & Animals
• Physical Education
This program supports many Virginia SOLs.