Education Programs

The Mariners’ Museum provides engaging student programs designed to enhance and supplement classroom instruction. Whether participating in a program at The Mariners’ Museum, having a museum educator come to your classroom, or via interactive video conferencing, students benefit from engaging, hands-on, cross-curricular educational experiences that bring history, science and language arts to life.

All educational programs meet Virginia Standards of Learning, National Standards of Learning, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards.

Programs are available Monday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM. Special accommodations can be made for evening and weekend programming.

 

 

See a program you like? Check out more information including descriptions and SOLs by going to our Science, History and Language Arts tabs.

 School Programs 2014

School Programs Flyer (PDF)

Tsunami

Tsunami

Grades: 5th – 12th
Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Interactive Video Conferencing

SOL/CURRICULUM OBJECTIVE:
Science: NS.5-8.1, NS.5-8.2, NS.5-8.4, NS.5-8.6, NS.5-8.7, NS.9-12.1, NS.9-12.2, NS.9-12.4, NS.9-12.6, NS.9-12.7
Social Studies: NSS-G.K-12.1, NSS-G.K-12.2, NSS-G.K-12.3, NSS-G.K-12.5, NSS-G.K-12.6


Tsunamis don’t happen often, but when they do, their impact can be devastating. During this program, students journey from the Earth’s core to the ridges and valleys of the sea floor as they learn about the underlying causes of tsunamis. As part of the program, students explore how the Earth was formed, the materials that compose her layers, plate tectonics and how underwater quakes influence waves and at times evolve into massive tsunamis. The program concludes with a graphing exercise for younger students or a tsunami prediction exercise for older students.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

Grades: 5th – 12th
Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Interactive Video Conferencing

SOL/ CURRICULUM OBJECTIVE:
Science: 6.7a, b, c, d, e, f, g; ES.9a, b, c, d, e, f; ES.11a, b, c, d, e; BIO.9a, b, c, d, e

Development of this program was funded in part by the CHESAPEAKE BAY GATEWAYS NETWORK; linking individuals with ways they can enjoy and protect the Chesapeake Bay.

www.baygateways.net


The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. Its watershed encompasses 64,000 square miles, is home to 17,000,000 people, and includes all or portions of six states. The Bay is also home to approximately 3,600 plants and animals and serves as an economic and recreation resource for humans. But the Bay is suffering. During this program, students will examine the resources of the Chesapeake Bay, from the years before early European settlement to today. By exploring the changes in the Bay over time, students will discover the factors that have contributed to its decline. The program concludes with a discussion of the changes students can make in their daily lives to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay, or any other watershed in which they may live. Learn more about the Chesapeake Bay.

Buoyancy Diagram
Buoyancy Diagram

Grades: 5th – 8th
Offered: At Museum

SOL/ CURRICULUM OBJECTIVE:
Science: 5.1, 5.4, 5.6, 6.1, 6.2, LS.1, PS.1, PS.2, ES.1, PH.1, PH.3, CH.5


What are the properties of water that help a boat to float? How do hull design and construction factor into seaworthiness? This educational program focuses on the science of buoyancy and utilizes construction skills to assess the students’ ability to make a boat float. Identification of hull designs and construction techniques by means of a small craft scavenger hunt round out the class.

Conservation on Monitor

Overhead view of Monitor conservation crew at work

Grades: 6th – 12th
Offered: At Museum, Interactive Video Conferencing


In 1862, the first battle between two ironclad ships occurred during the American Civil War; within a year of that battle, both ships lay beneath the waves. Over 100 years after she sank, the wreck site of one of those ships, the USS Monitor, was discovered off the coast of North Carolina. Protected by the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, a division of NOAA, artifacts have been recovered and brought to The Mariners’ Museum for conservation. Through discussion and experimentation, students will learn about the chemistry involved in the conservation of these historic artifacts. Development assistance for this program was provided by NOAA and the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.
www.monitor.noaa.gov

Ocean Current

Ocean Current

Grades: 4th – 8th
Offered: At Museum, Outreach

SOL/ CURRICULUM OBJECTIVE:
Science: 4.1, 4.7, 5.1, 5.6, 6.2, 6.8, ES.4, ES.11, ES.13


Ocean currents and tides affect our weather, travel at sea, and the movements of marine life. They can also have an effect on our ability to communicate. Explore the motion of the ocean as we examine the currents and tides, the factors that influence them, and how people have put them to use for commerce and communication.

Blue crabs

Blue crabs

Grades: K – 12th
Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Seasonal (Spring, Summer, Fall)

SOL/ CURRICULUM OBJECTIVES:
Science: K.6, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 3.10, 4.5, 4.8, 5.5, 6.7, 6.9, LS.7, LS.11, LS.12


The Chesapeake blue crab has a complex life cycle. From hatching to death, the blue crab takes on many forms, each with its own special needs. Students will become acquainted with the biology of the blue crab and its role in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. To enhance their understanding of the blue crab, students will be invited to examine and handle specimens of this crustacean.
(Due to the seasonal availability of blue crabs, this program is offered April through October only.)

Hurricane
A hurricane from satellite view.

Grades: 4th – 12th
Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Interactive Video Conferencing

SOL/CURRICULUM OBJECTIVE: 
Science: 4.1, 4.6, 5.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.6, ES.1, ES.2, ES.3, ES.11, ES.12, ES.13


This science-based program explores the forces behind the development of hurricanes and tropical storms. Students will examine the history of these killer storms, learn how to track a hurricane, and participate in experiments and activities designed to aid their understanding of a hurricane and how it affects life on our coastal regions.

Siah Carter

Siah Carter

Grades: 5th – 12th
Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Interactive Video Conferencing

Virginia SOLs:
VS.1, VS.7(c); USI.1, USI.2(c&d), USI.9 (a,c,d,f); VUS.1(a), VUS.6(e), VUS.7(b&e)

National Standards:
NSS-USH.5-12.4 ERA4: Expansion and Reform (1801-1861)


During this program, students will investigate the African American experience in North America, from the first Africans to arrive in Spanish territories during the 1500s to the various roles played during the American Civil War. By the mid-nineteenth century, not every African American was a slave; some were spies, some abolitionists, some were free, some worked on the Underground Railroad, and some even served in the militaries of both sides.

Missouri Compromise

The Missouri Compromise

Grades: 5th – 12th
Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Interactive Video Conferencing

Virginia SOLs:
VS.1, VS.7(a);USI.1, USI.2, USI.8(a,b,c), USI.9(a&c); VUS.1(a), VUS.6(e), VUS.7(b)

National Standards:
NSS-USH.5-12.4 ERA4: Expansion and Reform (1801-1861)
NSS-USH.5-12.5 ERA 5: Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877)


For many years prior to the first shots fired at Fort Sumter, the United States had been embroiled in social, economic and political turmoil. Students will examine the impact of key events leading up to the secession of the southern states prior to the American Civil War. Focus will be placed on the invention of the cotton gin, the Missouri Compromise, the Compromise of 1850, and the Election of 1860.

Age of Exploration Explorers

Explorers of the Age of Exploration

Grades: 1st – 12th
Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Interactive Video Conferencing

Virginia SOLs:
History and Social Studies: Primary – 3.3, 3.5; Secondary – 3.6, 3.8
Science: Secondary – 3.11
Health: Secondary – 3.1
Math: Secondary – 3.5, 3.15, 3.16, 3.18
Economics: Secondary – EPF.1


This popular program takes students on an imaginative journey through time. They will explore an era when cartographers were still mapping the world and mariners were discovering new landmasses, thus fueling the desire for knowledge and riches. Museum teachers will lead discussions about the economic and cultural life of the Old World, present spices for hands-on examination, and discuss the importance of these spices to those cultures. Other factors that accelerated the interest in exploration are also examined. Third grade and above will see and handle navigational instruments spanning the period from ancient times to the golden age of sail. Be sure to visit our Ages of Exploration Online Exhibition to learn more about early exploration.

Watermen

Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay

Grades: K – 7th
Offered: At Museum, Outreach

SOL/ CURRICULUM OBJECTIVE:
History and Social Science: K.1, K.4, K.5, K.6, 1.4, 1.6, 2.2, 2.7, 3.7, 3.8, VS.1, VS.2, VUS.12, VUS.14


This program is designed to give students an overall view of the Chesapeake Bay. The history, geography, economic development, and industrial growth of the Bay are all explored through an examination of specialized occupations and artifacts.Be sure to visit our Chesapeake Bay: Our History and Our Future Online Exhibition to learn more about the Bay.

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus

Grades: 3rd – 12th
Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Interactive Video Conferencing

SOL/ CURRICULUM OBJECTIVE:
History and Social Science: 3.3, 3.5,WH.11.4, WH.11.5, USI.3, USI.4, WHII.1, WHII.2, WHII.4, WHII.5, VUS.2


When Columbus sighted land in 1492, he had no idea of the impact European plants, animals, and diseases would have on the native species of the Americas. In return, animals and foods from the New World changed life for those in the Old. Imagine a time without chocolate! That was one of the items traded between two worlds in the Great Exchange. Examine the different kinds of exchanges made and how they impacted the cultures and lives of the people from 1492 to today.

Natives making their boat

Virginia natives making their boats

Grades: 
Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Interactive Video Conferencing

SOL/ CURRICULUM OBJECTIVE:
History and Social Science: K.1, K.7, 1.6, 2.2, 2.8, VS.2, VS.3, VS.4, VS.5, G 2.4, G 2.8


Before the English reached the shores of Virginia, our area was inhabited by a thriving culture of Native Americans. With the interpretation of artifacts and gallery exhibits, your class can explore the world of the Powhatans. Students will examine their methods of travel, trade, hunting, and fishing, as well as learn about the daily lives of men, women, and children in Powhatan society.Be sure to visit our Chesapeake Bay: Our History and Our Future Online Exhibition to learn more about the world of the Powhatans.

The Mayflower

The Mayflower

Grades: K
Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Interactive Video Conferencing

SOL/ CURRICULUM OBJECTIVE:
History and Social Science: K.1, K.2, K.3, K.4


Leaving England for the New World, the Pilgrims sailed across the ocean on their small ship the Mayflower. Join us in learning about life on board the Mayflower and how the ship moved, about the Pilgrims and their life in America, and what inspired the Pilgrims to celebrate the first Thanksgiving. Students will learn a Thanksgiving song and have an opportunity to make a miniature Mayflower.

Signal flags

Signal flags

Grades: K – 12th
Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Interactive Video Conferencing

SOL/ CURRICULUM OBJECTIVE:
History and Social Science: K.1, K.2, 1.6, USI.1, USI.5, USII.1, USII.3, WHII.8, VUS.8


This exciting program literally opens a sailor’s sea chest and allows students to investigate items that would have been carried and used by a typical 19th-century sailor. Students will discover items such as clothing, food, eating utensils, tools, and musical instruments. Students will learn a craft in a hands-on experience that illustrates the daily life of a sailor. The program material will be adapted to meet the requirements of the grade level of the students. Be sure to visit The Monitor: History and Legacy Online Exhibition to learn about the life of 19th century sailors onboard a navy ship.

Pirates

Grades: 2nd – 5th
Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Interactive Video Conferencing

SOL/ CURRICULUM OBJECTIVE:
History and Social Science: 2.5, VS.4, USI.5(c)


This program introduces students to the lives and adventures of the pirates, both men and women, who raided the East Coast and the Chesapeake Bay. Students will examine some of the reasons for piracy, the myths and lore of pirates, and the history of piracy. Typical pirate weapons and examples of the money in use during that time are presented, as well as slides of the pirates and their signature flags.

Lighthouse

Grades: K – 3rd
Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Interactive Video Conferencing

SOL/ CURRICULUM OBJECTIVE: History and Social Science: K.2, K.6, K.8, 1.6, 2.3, 3.8; Science: K.2, K.5, K.8, 1.1, 1.2, 1.6, 2.6, 2.7, 3.8, 3.10, 3.11


Explore the role that lighthouses have played in helping ships safely navigate the waterways. Learn what it was like to be a lighthouse keeper and how lighthouse design and technology have changed through the ages. Lighthouses from around the Chesapeake Bay and along the coastlines of the United States will be explored in this enlightening program that uses both gallery artifacts and a slide presentation. Be sure to visit our Chesapeake Bay: Our History and Our Future Online Exhibition to learn more about Lighthouses.

<em>Monitor</em> vs Virginia

Grades: 4th – 12th
Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Interactive Video Conferencing

SOL/CURRICULUM OBJECTIVE:
History and Social Science: VS.1, VS.7, USI.1, USI.9, USII.3, VUS.1, VUS.7


The development of ironclad ships during the American Civil War was a technological advance that would forever change the face of naval warfare. Using artifacts from the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia, Museum teachers will introduce students to the development of ironclad ships and history’s first ironclad-to-ironclad combat. Students will also be introduced to the MonitorNational Marine Sanctuary and discover how the wreck site is being excavated and artifacts are being recovered and conserved here at The Mariners’ Museum.Be sure to visit The Monitor: History and Legacy Online Exhibition to learn more about the Battle of Hampton Roads.

Titanic

Grades: 4th – 12th
Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Interactive Video Conferencing

SOL/ CURRICULUM OBJECTIVE: 
History and Social Science: WHII.8


The moving stories of the Titanic’s passengers and crew are told using visual images and hands–on reproduction items. Students will examine the ill-fated ship and the lives of the people onboard her, and the events surrounding her 1912 sinking.

Captive Passage

Grades: 
Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Interactive Video Conferencing

SOL/ CURRICULUM OBJECTIVE: 
History and Social Science: K.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.7, 3.8, 3.12, VS.3, VS.4, USI.4, USI.5, USI.8, USI.9, USII.5, WHI.10, WHII.4, WHII.5, WHII.8, WG.1, VUS.2, VUS.3, VUS.6, VUS.7


This hands-on program will help students discover how the institution of black slavery shaped the history, culture, and commerce of four continents over the course of five centuries, and how its impact is still felt today. Drawing heavily on primary source material, students will identify the economic, cultural, and racial origins of the slave trade. Firsthand accounts of the slave trade by enslaved Africans, slave traders, and abolitionists will give students the chance to explore the human side of this “peculiar institution.” Reproduction artifacts and musical instruments give students the opportunity to explore firsthand the transference of African culture across the Atlantic to the Americas. Through the use of maps and other teaching materials students will examine the Triangle Trade, and come to a better understanding of the role slavery played in the development of the Americas.Middle school and high school students are encouraged to bring to their museum experience questions they may have about the history of slavery, the impact the trade had on enslaved Africans, and the development of the societies of those that enslaved them. Museum Educators will facilitate discussion and discovery in this lively, hour-long program.

Be sure to visit our Captive Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas Online Exhibition to learn more about the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

vfhThis program is made possible by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy as part of its African-American Heritage Program which includes the African-American History in Virginia Grant Program. Through these programs, the Foundation seeks to increase understanding of African-American history in Virginia, to promote research and documentation, and to encourage people from all parts of the nation and the world to visit these sites.

Hardtack the Mouse

Grades: K – 2nd
Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Interactive Video Conferencing

Virginia Standards of Learning:
History: K.2, 2.3; Geography: K.3, K.4(a,b,c); K.5(a,b,c); 1.4(a&c); 2.4a; 2.5a; Civics: 1.11a; Music: K.3; K.4(1,3,4,6); K.12; 1.3(3&4); 1.12; 2.3(3&4); 2.11; 3.11; 3.15; Economics: K.7a; 1.8; 2.7; 2.9; English: K.6(a,b,c,d); K.10; K.11 (a&b); 1.5(a,b,c); 1.6(f,g,h); 1.12(c,d,f); 2.5(a,b,c); 2.12(a,d,f)

National Learning Standards:
US History: NSS-USH.K-4.3; Geography: NSS-G.K-12.1, NSS-G.K-12.2, NSS-G.K-12.4, NSS-G.K-12.5, NSS-G.K-12.6, Music: NA-M.K-4.8, NA-M.K-4.9; Economics: NSS-EC.K-4.1; English: NL-ENG.K-12.1


Hear the adventurous tale of Hardtack-the-Mouse as he sets sail for America aboard the R.M.S.Titanic! We’ll retrace his trip as he meets passengers, explores the ship, and eventually makes it safely to New York City after surviving aboard a lifeboat when the ship sinks.

Around the World with Santa

Grades: Pre-K – 2nd
Offered: At Museum, Interactive Video Conferencing, Seasonal

National Learning Standards:
NL-ENG.K-12.1 READING FOR PERSPECTIVE
NL-ENG.K-12.2 UNDERSTANDING THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE
NL-ENG.K-12.5 COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES
NSS-G.K-12.1 THE WORLD IN SPATIAL TERMS
NSS-G.K-12.2 PLACES AND REGIONS


Connect in to the “North Pole” where Santa has agreed to take some time from his busy December schedule to read A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas to your students. Santa will also teach students about geography as he talks about his plans for Christmas Eve. As part of the program, students will be able to complete a passport for Santa so they can remember all of his stops.

Anansi

Grades: K – 3rd
Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Interactive Video Conferencing


Through the ages, Africans have used storytelling to teach life lessons, entertain, and explain the workings of the world. In this entertaining and educational program, students will listen to stories and learn how African storytellers incorporated music to help tell their tales. They will then become part of the storytelling by using their own handmade musical instruments as they discover how stories crossed the Atlantic to the Americas.

Tales Across Two Seas

Grades: K – 12th
Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Interactive Video Conferencing


Stories abound in every culture. They are used to explain the world, to teach lessons, and to preserve history. When Christopher Columbus and the early explorers first landed in the New World, they began a cultural exchange whose influence was felt the world over. The tradition of storytelling was not beyond this influence.Through this interactive program of storytelling and music, students will explore the similarities and differences within the converging European, African and Native cultures around the world.

Students groups will enjoy exploring The Mariners’ Museum with one of our tours designed especially for children. This is the perfect way for scout groups, daycare centers, and other student groups to enjoy the Museum.

To schedule your Gallery Hunt please contact:

Education Department
(757) 591-7745
education@MarinersMuseum.org

Grades: 3rd – 12th

This innovative search through The Mariners’ Museum challenges students to collect information by answering questions about artifacts in each gallery. Students will enjoy our paper-and-pencil quest as they journey through our 80,000 square feet of exhibit space. This museum scavenger hunt can be taken as a docent-guided journey or as a self-guided activity.

Grades: Pre-K – 2nd 

Young visitors to the Museum can take an active role in this scavenger hunt created just for them. A treasure chest handout reveals wonders in each gallery of the Museum. With the help of an adult, our youngest friends can explore the Museum and sharpen their treasure hunting skills.

Grades: K – 12th

Wear your walking shoes for a five-mile walk along the Noland Trail. If you want to walk less and see more, use our scavenger hunt and take the time to look for and identify the plants, trees, birds, and animals you encounter around Lake Maury. Enjoy the scenery and start a journal of all you see.

SOL/ CURRICULUM OBJECTIVE:
Science: K.1, K.5, K.6, K.7, K.8, K.9, 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.10, 4.1, 4.4, 4.5, 4.8, 6.8, 6.9, 6.11, LS.4, LS.6, LS.7, LS.9, LS.10, BIO.1

Pricing

*At the Museum $8.50 per student
Outreach $8.50 per student
Interactive Video Conferencing $125 per program

*We require one teacher and/or adult chaperone for every ten students participating in a field trip to The Mariners’ Museum. Additional chaperones or accompanying parents are welcomed to join us, but will be charged the student rate of $8.50 per person.

 

Payment

Payment must be received as follows:

Museum Visits or Museum Outreach 

Payment must be received before or no later than the day of your program unless other arrangements have been made at the time of booking. Payment can be made using cash, check, Mastercard, VISA, American Express or Discover.

Interactive Video Conferencing

Payment can be made prior to the connection or we can invoice following your program.

 

If you have questions regarding payment or would like to pre-pay for your program, please contact:

Education
(757) 591-7745
education@marinersmuseum.org

Reservations are required for all programs and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs fill quickly in the fall and spring, so try to make your reservations a minimum of two weeks in advance. 

Programs offered by The Mariners’ Museum align with SOLs, National Standards of Learning, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards and can be adjusted to meet the specific needs of classroom teachers and students. Programs listed as being for all grades are adjusted to the grade level of the students participating in the program.

To Book a Program, or if you have questions please contact:

Education Department
(757) 591-7745
education@marinersmuseum.org