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On-Site Museum Education Programs

Bring your class to the Connecticut Museum of Culture and History for an engaging field trip! Museum programs are thematic and focus on a wide range of social studies topics from Connecticut history to civics and geography. Programs take place in the Museum’s permanent and changing exhibitions, or in other non-exhibit spaces at the Museum.
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PRE-KINDERGARTEN–GRADE 12

Group Limit: Program-dependent
Length: 1½ hours
Cost: $8 per student, discounts available for Priority and Title I School Districts. Thank you to the Henry Nias Foundation and other generous sponsors.

Work and Play from Long Ago

GRADES PRE-K-2

Work and Play from Long Ago

In this introductory museum tour for our youngest visitors, students learn about the past through hands-on activities in our museum exhibitions. Students will compare work done long ago to work today by trying out different "jobs" related to building, making clothes, and preparing food. After their “work” is done, students play with reproduction colonial-era toys.

HIST K.1, K.4-5, 1.1, 1.4-5, 2.2, 2.6-7; CCSS R.7, SL.1-2, SL.4, L.1, L.4, L.6

Native Peoples and Natural Resources

GRADES K-2

Native Peoples and Natural Resources

This program introduces students to the lives of Native Peoples from our region and emphasizes their use of natural resources. Students will learn about aspects of pre-colonization Native cultures including foodways, homes, and clothing. Focus is placed on multi-sensory learning, a varied pace of activities, and handling reproduction objects. 

HIST K.1, K.3-5, 1.1, 1.3-5, 2.2, 2.4, 2.6-7; GEO K.4, 1.4, 2.4; CCSS R.7, SL.1-2, SL.4, L.1, L.4, L.6

Kids in Colonial Connecticut

GRADES 1-3

Kids in Colonial Connecticut

What was it like to be an English colonist in early Connecticut? Learn about daily life through hands-on activities, reproduction objects, and the museum exhibitions. Students will compare and contrast their own lives to those of colonial children as they explore daily chores, try out reproduction colonial-era toys, and make a reproduction “hornbook.” 

HIST 1.1, 1.4-5, 2.2, 2.4, 2.6, 3.2, 3.4, GEO 3.7-8; CCSS R.1-2, R.4, R.10, SL.1-2, SL.4, L.1, L.4, L.6

What Makes a Community?

GRADES 1-3

What Makes a Community?

Students use a large floor map and “building” blocks to strengthen map skills and vocabulary while creating and analyzing a new town, then tour the Making Connecticut exhibit to learn about how work, home life, and transportation were different in the past. The third part of the program focuses on how decisions are made in communities, as well as ways that children can be good citizens and contribute to their communities.

This program is available at a discounted rate through a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

HIST 1.1, 1.4-5, 1.8, 2.2, 2.6-7, 3.2, 3.6-7, CIV 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 2.4, 2.6-7, 3.6, ECO 1.4, 2.3, GEO 1.2-3, 2.2-3, 3.3; CCSS R.7, SL.1-2, SL.4-5, L.1, L.4, L.6

People and Place: Native Peoples of Connecticut

GRADES 3-5

People and Place: Native Peoples of Connecticut

Explore culture and change in the region we now call Connecticut by looking at the lives of the Native Peoples that live here. By listening to a local Native story, analyzing maps, and examining historical artifacts, students will learn about how Native Peoples have shaped the land and the communities that make up the Connecticut we know today.

HIST 3.2-4, 3.6-7, 3.9, 3.11, 4.1-3, 5.2-10, ECO 3.2, 4.3, 5.2, GEO 3.2, 3.4-8, 4.2-3, 4.5-7, 5.1-3; CCSS R.7, SL.1-2, SL.4-5, L.1, L.6

This is Connecticut!

GRADES 3-5

This is Connecticut!

What makes our state so special? During this thematic tour students will learn about famous Connecticut people, places, events, and products. From the mighty white oak to the tiny nutmeg, “Constitution State” to famous (and not-so-famous) Connecticut people, students explore the unique stories behind our state’s history and symbols.

HIST 3.3, 3.6-7, 5.2, ECO 4.4, 5.2; GEO 3.4-5, 4.3-4, CCSS R.1, R.7, SL.1-2, SL.4, L.1, L.4

The Legend of the Charter Oak

GRADES 3-5

The Legend of the Charter Oak

Why is the white oak a symbol of Connecticut’s strength and independence? During this program, students bring the people and events from the legend of the Charter Oak to life using a variety of dramatic techniques, period costumes, and specially-designed props. Students evaluate sources, including historic maps, to draw their own conclusions about the famous legend.

HIST 3.2, 3.4, 3.9, 3.11, 4.1-3, 5.7, 5.9-10, CIV 4.1, 5.3, GEO 3.4; CCSS R.7, SL.1-2, SL.4-5, L.1, L.4

PLEASE NOTE: This program does not include a gallery component. For $2/student, explore the museum with a gallery visit add-on!  (See below).

The Three Branches of Government

GRADES 3-5

The Three Branches of Government

During this program, students explore Connecticut’s executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government to discover who makes the rules in Connecticut. To better understand the role of each branch, students elect a governor from among their classmates, debate a bill, and hold a mock trial (student reading required). Through movement, improvisation, role-playing, and active participation, students learn the purpose of rules and laws, explore the separation of powers, and discover the rights and responsibilities of individuals.

This program is available at a discounted rate through a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

CIV 3.1-3, 3.6-7, 5.1-4; CCSS R.10, SL.1, SL.3-4, L.1, L.3, L.6

PLEASE NOTE: This program does not include a gallery component. For $2/student, explore the museum with a gallery visit add-on! (See below).

On the Move: Immigration and Migration to Connecticut

GRADES 4-8

On the Move: Immigration and Migration to Connecticut

This two-part program uses hands-on activities to introduce students to stories of moving to Connecticut. During the workshop, students work in teams to examine artifacts and documents from “immigration trunks” and uncover different family stories about moving to Connecticut from Ireland, Germany, China, Georgia, and Puerto Rico. In the Making Connecticut exhibit, students try out the kinds of jobs done by different immigrant groups who arrived in Connecticut in the 19th and 20th centuries.

HIST 4.1, 8.1-3, 8.6-9, ECO 4.1-2, 8.1, GEO 4.4-8, 8.3-4; CCSS R.1-4, R.7, R.10, W.2, W.4, W.9, SL.1-2, SL.4-5, L.1-2, L.6, RH.6-8.1-4, RH.6-8.7

PLEASE NOTE: For $3/student, add on a 30-minute Primary Source Workshop or a special exhibition visit to enhance your students' learning of immigration in Connecticut. (See below).

Connecticut and the Revolution

GRADES 5-8

Connecticut and the Revolution

Students will investigate how the American Revolution impacted Connecticut residents by exploring the war through a variety of perspectives. What led Connecticans to become Patriots or Loyalists? How was the war different for those on the battlefield than for those on the homefront? What did America's War for Independence mean for Connecticut's enslaved and Native residents? Students will explore these experiences through museum exhibitions, primary sources, reproduction artifacts, and hands-on activities (including signing an “oath of allegiance" with a quill pen and ink).

This program is available at a discounted rate thanks to the generosity of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Connecticut.

HIST 5.2-10, 8.1-9; CCSS R.1-2, R.4, R.6-7, R.10, SL.1-4, L.1, L.4, L.6, RH.6-8.1-2, RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.6-8

PLEASE NOTE: For $3/student, add on a Primary Source Workshop for a deeper dive into the experiences of everyday Connecticut residents living through the American Revolution, through their own words. (See below).

Slavery and Resistance in Connecticut

GRADES 8-12

Slavery and Resistance in Connecticut

Students reflect on the changing perception of freedom as they learn about the history of enslavement in Connecticut. Through primary source analysis and compelling discussions, students will learn about the enslavement of Native Peoples and Africans from the early colonial period into the 19th century. Students will examine multiple perspectives on slavery, explore ways people resisted and fought against slavery, and learn about the impact of slavery on the history and economy of Connecticut.

HIST 8.1-9, 9-12.1-5, 9-12.7-8, 9-12.11-12, 9-12.14, 912.16, CIV 9-12.7, 9-12.12,  ECO 8.1, 9-12.1, GEO 8.4, 9-12.2; CCSS R.1-2, R.4, R.6-7, R.9-10, W.4,  W.9, SL.1-4, L.1-4, RH.6-12.1-2, RH.6-12.4, RH.6-12.6-7

Take a Stand

Grades 8-12

Take a Stand

History is complicated; stand up for your position! Students create an argument using preselected primary and secondary sources. Students then debate compelling questions in U.S. History through the lens of local history and use their conclusions to take a stand!  Select a theme for your workshop from the topics below.

  • Women’s Suffrage? The Fight for (and Against) Women's Suffrage 
  • Connecticut: Land of Opportunity?
INQ 9-12.8-11, HIST 9-12.6-10, ECO 9-12.1; CCSS RH.9-10.1-2, RH.9-10.6, RH.9-10.9, RH.11-12.1-2, RH.11-12.6-9

Add-On Options

Enhance your students’ visit to the Connecticut Museum with our add-on options. Workshops and gallery visits give your students the opportunity to further engage with the material and practice skills such as observation, forming opinions, and making connections.  

Gallery Visit

Grades 3-8

Gallery Visit

Grades: 3–8
Length: 30 Minutes
Cost: $2 per student

Give your students additional time to explore the museum exhibitions in small, chaperone-led groups with activity cards. This option is perfect for classes participating in The Legend of the Charter Oak or The Three Branches of Government programs, which do not include a an exhibition component, or for groups that want a little more gallery time. For information about our current exhibitions visit connecticutmuseum.org.

Primary Source Workshop

Grades 5-8

Primary Source Workshop

Grades: 4–8
Length: 30 Minutes
Cost: $3 per student

Delve more deeply into a content theme by adding this workshop to the Connecticut and the Revolution or On the Move: Immigration and Migration to Connecticut programs. Students work individually and in groups to analyze various types of primary sources, such as historic images, letters, and printed documents.

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