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First, museum teachers visit the classroom to acquaint students with primary sources, including portraits, diaries, census records, and maps. Later, during a visit to the farm, students use what they have learned to create an authentic setting for their stories, exploring the museum’s interiors, landscape, and artifacts to recreate a historical time and place.
Teachers may choose from two studies: the family of Nathaniel Tracy, Newburyport merchant during the American Revolution, or the family of Offin Boardman, merchants and farmers of the early republic.
Available weekdays, April through December, for grades 4 – 9.
Maximum Group Size: 50 students. Cost: $9 per student. Includes one-hour program at your site and two-and-a-half-hour visit to the museum.
Type of Program: Field Trips
Related Topics: Family
Connections to Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for grade 5:
History and Social Science (adopted 2003)
Concepts and Skills: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14
Learning Standards: 5.10, 5.11, 5.12, 5.14b, 5.18, 5.27, 5.28, 5.31, 5.32, 5.33
English Language Arts and Literacy (adopted March 2011, page numbers from Common Core document linked below)
Reading: 3 and 9 (p. 12)
Writing: 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 9b (pp. 20-21)
Speaking and Listening: 1a, 1b, 1d (p. 24)
Reading: 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 (p. 36)
Writing: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 7 (pp. 43-44)
Speaking and Listening: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2, 3 and 4 (pg 49)
View full Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy