Unknown Hands: Everyday Life of Bostonians in 1800

Lifestyles of the wealthy and the working class

At Otis House

What was it like to live in Boston after the American Revolution? To learn about work, family, household, and neighborhood life as it was 200 years ago, students assume the roles of real working-class and wealthy Bostonians in 1800.

Led by “house servants,” students visit the home of the Otis family, work as “apprentices” in a plaster workshop, and explore their 1800s neighborhood, historic Beacon Hill. The visit ends with a lively wrap-up game that reinforces the concepts learned throughout the day.

Program Details

Available weekdays, year-round, for Grades 4 – 9. Maximum of 50 students.

Length: 4 hours.

Cost:

Type of Program: Field Trips

Related Topics: Colonial Life, Revolutionary Period

Curriculum Links

Connections to Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks

History and Social Science (August 2003 version)

Concepts and Skills: 1, 2, 3, 9

Learning Standards: 3.8, 3.9, 3.11, 3.12, 3.13

Concepts and Skills: 3, 4, 8

Concepts and Skills: 1, 2, 3, 6, 8

Learning Standards: 5.11, 5.13

Provides historical context for time period covered in grade 5

Concepts and Skills: 2, 7, 8
U.S. History I

Science and Technology/Engineering (October 2006 version)

View full frameworks from the Massachusetts Department of Education

English Language Arts and Literacy (adopted March 2011, page numbers from Common Core document linked below)

Grade 4

Grade 5

View full Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy

Mathematics (adopted March 2011, page numbers from Common Core document linked below)

Grade 4

Grade 5

View full Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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