Planning Your In-Class Outreach

Can't Come to the Museum? We Can Come to Your Classroom!

Can’t Come to the Frontier Culture Museum?  The Museum Can Come to Your Classroom!

Are tight budgets or scheduling logistics preventing you from scheduling a field trip to the Frontier Culture Museum? Well we have good news for you!  If you can’t bring your students to the Frontier Culture Museum, we can bring the Museum to your school!

Education Outreach Programs 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. All of our programs support Virginia Standards of Learning and other states’ standards.

Programs

Large Group or Small Classroom Program Formats are Available

After reviewing the program options listed below, please complete an Outreach Program Request Form. Our Education Staff will follow-up to discuss options for your In-School Outreach Program.


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Daily Life

Auditorium-Based Programs Can Accommodate Big Groups

Auditorium-Based Programs Can Accommodate Big Groups

Early American Experience
Learn about life in the Virginia Backcountry. Your classroom will learn about the Eastern Woodlands Indians found in the Virginia Backcountry and 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.

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Life in the Old World
Step back into the lives of farmers and families in Europe and West Africa during the 1600’s and 1700’s to discover how farmers organized their farms and lives.

Students will become aware of what a typical day in the life of these farmers looked like by learning how to make money, grow crops, raise livestock, and do household chores.

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Life of an Historic Farmer
Spend a day learning about the lives of seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth century farm families and discover the importance of livestock, field crops, and gardens to their survival and success. Students act out farm chores, understand how families and communities were organized, and find out how natural resources were used by both consumers and producers.

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Small Group Programs Can Be Executed Inside The Classroom

Atlantic Migration and Westward Expansion

Settling The Colonial Frontier
Understand why people chose to leave their home countries in the Old World to move to the new frontier. Students will experience the daily lives of these people and the reasons for their immigration. Students will also examine the lifestyles and choices of immigrants in the New World by experiencing the new lives these immigrants faced upon arrival in Early America. Your class will become part of the story and learn the answer to these questions and more through costumed role-playing.

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Westward Expansion
Your class will investigate why Early Settlers in the late 1700’s and early to mid 1800’s were looking to move into the United States’ newly acquired Western territories. This program will examine economic as well as geographic factors that motivated settlers to uproot their families and move west.

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Migration to the American Colonies
Interpreters visiting your classroom will engage your students in exploring the challenges and opportunities that influenced the lives of the people who settled America’s colonial frontier. Learn about life in the past and the conditions and factors that pushed people to move from the Old World to Great Britain’s North American colonies.

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Specialty Programs

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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. This program includes basic lessons from early American textbooks led by the “schoolmaster.” This program or its components can be incorporated into other educational programs. Physical Education People in the past were far more active than most American today. Museum staff will come to your school to teach you and your students historical games and activities. This program addresses the importance of physical activity to good health and happiness.

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Physical Education

People in the past were far more active than most American today. Museum staff will come to your school to teach you and your students historical games and activities. This program addresses the importance of physical activity to good health and happiness.

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Mali Empire c. 1350 AD

Mali Empire c. 1350 AD

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.

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Music was an Important Element of American Frontier Culture

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 America.

Students learn the songs and dances of our ancestors and become part of the performance.  This program aligns with many music SOL’s across all grade levels.

 


Custom Programs

Build Your Own
We encourage you to design an outreach program based on your student’s specific needs. Choose the exhibits and themes you want your student to learn about. Each chosen exhibit requires a minimum of 20 minutes. Choose from the following exhibits and themes:

Exhibits

  • 1700’s West African Farm
  • 1600’s English Farm
  • 1700’s Irish Farm
  • 1700’s German Farm
  • 1700’s Eastern Woodland Indian Exhibit
  • 1740’s American Farm
  • 1820’s American Farm
  • Early American Schoolhouse
  • 1850’s American Farm

Themes

  • Daily Life
  • Immigration (Old World)
  • Settlement and Westward Expansion (New World)
  • Plants and Animals
  • Physical Education

Questions?

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact our Education Team at 540-332-7850 or email us at reservations@frontiermuseum.org.

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