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.


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ProgramsScienceHistoryLanguage Arts
ProgramAt MuseumOutreachVideo ConferencingSeasonal
Are we There Yet? Exploring Navigation and Migration
Buoyancy: How a Boat Floats
Chesapeake Bay
Engineering a Lighthouse
Hurricanes: Predicting Disaster
Intro to Underwater Robotics
Macroinvertebrate Mayhem!
Tsunamis: Mighty Harbor Waves
Age of Exploration
Age of Exploration (Distance Learning Adaptation)
Around the World with Santa
Captive Passage
Clash of Armor
Exploration across the Seas
Exploration in the Ancient World
Exploration and Colonization in the New World
Exploring the Civil War Through Primary Sources
Sailing into Thanksgiving
Tales Across the Atlantic

Brown pelican flying toward TMMP with the James River Bridge in the background (Photo by R. Milam)

Brown pelican flying toward TMMP with the James River Bridge in the background (Photo by R. Milam)

Are We There Yet?: Exploring Navigation and Migration

Grades: 5th – 12th

Migrating animals and humans share a surprising amount of navigational methods and motivations for migration. Most migrating animals navigate over large expanses of oceans and land year after year using their built-in compasses, maps, and crude GPS systems. In this lesson, students will learn the importance of migration, shared navigational techniques between humans and animals, the arduous journeys of endangered or threatened East Coast animal travelers, and human impact on migration. Students will also learn the basics of map reading, how to use a compass, and how to get oriented when navigating. The lesson will conclude with an activity about bird migration and how humans can help all animals navigate safely.

Offered: At Museum, Outreach

SOL/Curriculum Objectives
Science: 5.1 (d, c, e ,j, k ); 5.2 d; 5.5 (b, c); 5.6 c; 5.7 (c, f, g), 6.1 (a, d); 6.5 f; 6.7 (a, b, f); 6.8 f; 6.9 c; LS.1 (d, f); LS.4 b; LS.6 (b, c ,d); LS.9 (b, c); LS.10 (b, c); LS.11 (b ,c, d, e); LS.13 c; PS.11 b, ES.1(a, c, d, f ); ES.2 (a, b, c); ES.8 (d, e, f); ES. 9 a; ES.10 b, e; ES.11 d; BIO.1 (b,c); BIO.8 (d, e); PH.1 (a, b, f)
History: WG.1 (a, b, c, e, f); WG.2 (a, b, c); WG.3; WG.4; WG.5; WG.15; VUS.14 d; VUS.13 f; GOVT.15 b


PL26 Eskimo Catamaran

PL26 Eskimo Catamaran

Buoyancy: How a Boat Floats

Grades: 5th – 8th

How and why do massive ships, tugboats, and sailboats all float? What phenomenon keeps a container ship from sinking to the bottom of the ocean even when it’s full of cargo? Students will answer these questions and more as they explore The Mariners’ Museum and Park buoyancy program. Throughout the session, demonstrations and experiments are performed to support principles of buoyancy such as object density and mass, water density, and surface area. At the end of the program, students will get the chance to design and build parts of boats on one of four hull types and race against the clock.

Offered: At Museum Only

SOL/Curriculum Objectives
Science: 5.1, 5.4, 6.4, 6.5, LS.1, LS.6, PS.2, ES.1, CH.5, PH.1, PH.3, PH.4

National Science Standards
NS.5-8.1, NS.5-8.2, NS.9-12.1

Next Generation Science Standards
5-PS1-1, 5-PS1-2, 5-PS1-3


P585 Man tonging for oysters in Tilghman Island, Maryland. Photo by A. Aubrey Bodine

P585 Man tonging for oysters in Tilghman Island, Maryland. Photo by A. Aubrey Bodine

Chesapeake Bay: An Estuary in Crisis

Grades: 5th – 12th

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. Students will discuss changes they can make in their daily lives to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay, or any other watershed in which they may live. At the conclusion of the program, students will work collaboratively to design and test a filter that can remove sediment from the Chesapeake Bay.

Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Interactive Video Conferencing

SOL/Curriculum Objectives
Science: 5.1 (c,d,h), 5.5c, 6.7; 6.9; LS.5; LS.6; LS.8; LS.10 b, c; LS.11d, e; ES.6, ES.8 (d,e,f); ES.10 e, BIO.8 e
History: VS.1i, VS.2, VS.3, WG.1; WG.2 b,c; WG.3 a; WG.4; WG.5; VUS.8 e,f; VUS.13 f,g; VUS.14 d; GOVT.15 b

National Science Standards
NS.5-8.1, NS.5-8.3, NS.5-8.6, NS.5-8.7, NS.9-12.3

Next Generation Science Standards
5-PS3-1, 5-LS1-1, 5-LS2-1, 5-ESS3-1, MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS4-5, MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4, MS-ESS3-5

Common Core Standards
Program correlates to all Common Core Standards for Science and Technical Subjects


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


LE2511 The Sandy Hook Lighthouse

LE2511 The Sandy Hook Lighthouse

Engineering a Lighthouse

Grades: 4th – 8th

Lighthouses can be found along coastlines throughout the world. They help protect ships from dangers in the water and on the coast, serve as beacons to welcome sailors home, and provide an important link between maritime history and the ever-evolving technology of ocean navigation. During this project-based educational program, students become civil and electrical engineers as they take environmental conditions into consideration and work collaboratively to design and build their own working lighthouse model.

Offered: At Museum, Outreach

SOL/Curriculum Objectives
Science: 4.1a, 4.1c, 4.1h, 4.3b, 4.3d, 4.6a, 4.6l, 5.1a, 5.1b, 5.1i, 5.1j, 5.1k, 5.6b, 6.1b, 6.1g, 6.1i, ES.1a, ES.2a, ES.10a, ES.10b, ES.12c, PS.1c, PS.6a, PS.10c, PS.10d, PS.11a, PS.11b
Math: 4.3a, 4.3b, 4.3c, 4.4b, 4.7a, 4.7b, 5.1, 5.5b, 5.8a, 5.8c, 5.8d, 5.13a, 6.7, 6.9, 6.10d, 7.5a, 8.7a, 8.9, 8.10a, 8.10b

National Science Standards
NS.K-4.1, NS.k-4.2, NS.K-4.6, NS.K-4.6, NS.K-4.7, NS.5-8.1, NS.5-8.5, NS.5-8.6, NS.5-8.7

Next Generation Science Standards
4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4, 4-ESS3-2, MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3

Common Core Standards
Program correlates to all Common Core Standards for Science and Technical Subjects

21st Century Skills

  • Critical thinking, problem solving, reasoning, analysis, interpretation, synthesizing information
  • Creativity, artistry, curiosity, imagination, innovation
  • Perseverance, self-direction, planning, self-discipline, adaptability, initiative
  • Leadership, teamwork, collaboration, cooperation
  • Economic and financial literacy


LP0352 The loss of the Pennsylvania, New York Packet Ship, the Lockwoods Emigrant Ship. Artist Samuel Walters.

LP0352 The loss of the Pennsylvania, New York Packet Ship, the Lockwoods Emigrant Ship. Artist Samuel Walters.

Hurricanes: Predicting Disaster

Grades: 4th – 12th

What travels 75 mph or faster, is one of Earth’s most powerful forces, and has an eye? It’s none other than a hurricane! During this program, students learn about the characteristics of hurricanes, what causes strengthening or weakening, other natural forces affecting hurricane behavior, and the impact these storms have at sea and on the land. At the conclusion of the program, students will build a model of a hurricane-proof house that can sustain 75 mile-per-hour winds.

Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Interactive Video Conferencing

SOL/Curriculum Objectives
Science: 4.6, 5.1d, 5.1j, 5.4, 5.6, 6.3e, 6.5d, 6.6, LS.11d, LS.11e, ES.2a, ES.10, ES.12
Geography: WG.1a, WG.2, WG.5, WG.6a, WG.6b, WG.11a, WG.11b, WG.12a, WG.12b, WG.13a, WG.13b

National Science Standards
NS.K-4.4, NS.K-4.6, NS.5-8.2, NS.5-8.6, NS.9-12.6

Next Generation Science Standards
4-ESS3-2, 5-ESS2-1, 5-ESS3-1, MS-ESS2-4, MS-ESS2-5, MS-ESS2-6, MS-ESS3-2, MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4, MS-ESS3-5, HS-ESS2-2, HS-ESS2-4, HS-ESS3-1, HS-ESS3-5

Common Core Standards
Program correlates to all Common Core Standards for Science and Technical Subjects


Student operates an ROV at the Museum

Student operates an ROV at the Museum

An Introduction to Underwater Robotics

Grades: 5th – 12th

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drive an underwater robot? Since the 1950s ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) have been used for a wide range of military, scientific, and salvage missions. From documenting deep-sea animals to servicing underwater oil structures, ROVs serve as an integral tool in the growing field of Marine Technology. During this program, students will work in teams to create and attach a tool to an ROV. Their vehicles and engineering skills will be put to the test as students drive their ROV and work to remove marine debris from our simulated Chesapeake Bay.

(Our testing facility is outdoors, therefore, this program is offered April 1st through May 31st.)

Offered: At Museum

SOL/Curriculum Objectives
Science: 5.1d, 5.1i, 5.1k, 5.6, 5.7g, 6.1f, 6.1i, 6.1j, 6.5, 6.9, LS.1j, LS.10b, LS.10c, LS.11d, LS.11e, PS.1m, PS.1n, PS.6, PS.10a, PS.10c, PS.10d, PS.11a, ES.1b, ES.1f, ES.6b, ES.6d, PH.1f, PH.4, PH.7

National Science Standards
NS.5-8.1, NS. 5-8.5, NS. 5-8.6, NS. 5-8.7, NS. 9-12.1, NS. 9-12.5, NS. 9-12.6, NS. 9-12.7

Next Generation Science Standards
5-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-4, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-3, HS-PS3-3, HS-LS2-7, HS-ESS3-1, HS-ESS3-4, HS-ETS1-1, HS-ETS1-2, HS-ETS1-3

Common Core Standards
Program correlates to all Common Core Standards for Science and Technical Subjects

21st Century Skills:

  • Critical thinking, problem solving, reasoning, analysis, interpretation, synthesizing information
  • Perseverance, self-direction, planning, self-discipline, adaptability, initiative
  • Oral and written communication, public speaking and presenting, listening
  • Leadership, teamwork, collaboration, cooperation
  • Environmental and conservation literacy


Waterscape of Lake Maury (Photo by R. Milam)

Waterscape of Lake Maury (Photo by R. Milam)

Macroinvertebrate Mayhem! Investigating our Local Watershed

Grades: 5th – 12th

Lake Maury is home to many fascinating animals, from Snapping Turtles to Great Blue Herons to Minnows, but the lesser known creatures who are the backbone of the lake ecosystem, are the mighty macroinvertebrates. Students will learn about the health of the lake habitat critters by collecting, sorting, and identifying freshwater macroinvertebrates from a leaf pack set out in Lake Maury. Students will also measure water quality (physical and chemical tests) in the field using a variety of tools. The class will compare the viability of physical and biological indicators in measuring the habitat quality of an aquatic environment. The ending discussion will focus on human impacts throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed and how they have affected freshwater environments and macroinvertebrate communities.

*Please note, this program is seasonal and is only offered April 1st – October 15th.

Offered: At Museum Only

SOL/Curriculum Objectives
Science: 5.1 (a, g, h, i), 5.5 (b, c), 5.6 (b, c), 5.7 (g), 6.1, 6.5, 6.6 (b,d), 6.7, LS.1, LS.4, LS.6, LS.8, LS.9 (b,c), LS.10 (a,c), LS.11 (d,e), PS.1, PS.2, PS.8, PS.9, ES.1, ES.2, ES.8 (e,f), BIO.1, BIO.2 (a), BIO.8, CH.1, CH.5 (a)


Alaska 1964 Good Friday earthquake and tsunami damage (NOAA, 1964).

Alaska 1964 Good Friday earthquake and tsunami damage (NOAA, 1964).

Tsunamis: Mighty Harbor Waves

Grades: 5th – 12th

Earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides all have something in common—what is it? They are all causes for the natural phenomenon of tsunamis. From the Japanese meaning “harbor waves,” tsunamis are a series of extremely large waves that drastically impact people, coastlines, and infrastructure. In this lesson, students learn the basics of tsunamis including how and why they occur, where they happen most often, and characteristics that set tsunamis apart from other natural disasters. During the program students will participate in several activities including examining an image of a lithograph from The Mariners’ Museum’s collection, performing a demonstration to determine different types of waves, and ending with building and testing a tsunami-proof structure.

Offered: At Museum, Outreach

SOL/Curriculum Objectives
Science: 5.1, 5.2, 5.6, 5.7, 6.1, PS.8, PS.9, ES.2, ES.7, ES.10, ES.11, ES.13, PH.7, PH.8
History: WG.1a, WG.2, WG.3, WG.5, WG.12, WHII.8c

National Science Standards
NS.5-8.1, NS.5-8.2, NS.5-8.4, NS.5-8.5, NS.9-12.1, NS.9-12.4, NS.9-12.6, NS.9-12.7

Next Generation Science Standards
MS-PS3-2, MS-PS3-4, MS-PS4-1, MS-PS4-2, MS-ESS2-1, MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS3-2, MS-ESS3-4, HS-PS4-1, HS-PS4-5, HS-ESS1-5, HS-ESS1-6, HS-ESS2-1, HS-ESS2-3, HS-ESS2-5

Portrait of Christopher Newport

Portrait of Christopher Newport

Age of Exploration

Grades: 9th – 12th

Age of Exploration is specifically designed for World History II students. Students will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographic analysis, and economic decision making by taking an imaginative journey across the world’s seas. Students will explore an era when cartographers were still mapping the world and mariners were discovering new land masses, thus fueling the desire for knowledge and riches. Museum teachers will guide discussions focused on major states and empires, major trade patterns throughout the world, the impacts of colonization and imperialism, the political and economic goals of European exploration, and the globalization of cultures. Students will interpret and analyze primary and secondary sources, as well as reproduction artifacts.

Offered: At Museum, Outreach

SOL/Curriculum Objectives
History: WHII.2, WHII.4, WHII.6, WHII.9, WG.17


G1015.077c0 Theatrum Orbis Terrarum 1592, by Abraham Ortellius. Detail of the Victoria from the plate Maris Pacifici.

G1015.077c0 Theatrum Orbis Terrarum 1592, by Abraham Ortellius. Detail of the Victoria from the plate “Maris Pacifici.”

Age of Exploration (Distance Learning Adaptation)

Grades: K – 12th

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.

Offered: Interactive Video Conferencing

SOLs/Curriculum Objectives
History/Social Studies: 1.3, 1.7,2.9,3.2, 3.3, 3.8, VS.1, USI.1, USI.4, USI.5, WHI.1, WHII.1, WHII.2, WHII.4, WHII.5, VUS.1, VUS.2, VUS.3
Geography: K.4, K.5, 1.4, 1.6, 2.5, 2.6, 3.5, 3.6, WG.1, WG.2, WG.3, WG.4, WG.5, WG.6, WG.7, WG.12
Science: K.2, 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.8, 3.1, 3.2, 4.8, 5.1, ES.1
Math: 3.5, 3.15, 3.16, 3.18, EPF.1

National SOLs
NS-K-4.5, NSS-EC.K-4.6, NSS-EC.K-4.7, NSS-G.K-12.4, NSS-USH.5-12.1, NSS-USH.5-12.1, NSS-USH.5-12.2, NSS-WH.5-12.6

Common Core Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH: 6-8.1, 6-8.2,6-8.4, 6.-8.6, 6-8.7, 6-8.9, 6-8.10, 9-10-1, 9-10-2, 9-10.3, 9-10-4, 9-10.5, 9-10.6,9-10.9, 11-12.1, 11-12.2, 11-12.4, 11-12.5, 11-12.6, 11-12.7, 11-12.8, 11-12.9, 11-12.10


Around the World with Santa

Around the World with Santa

Grades: Pre-K – 2nd

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. Students will be able to create a passport to help them remember the continents Santa visited. This can be completed in your classroom after the program concludes.

Offered: Interactive Video Conferencing, Seasonal

SOLs/Curriculum Objectives
Social Studies: K.5, K.6, 1.5, 2.6

National SOLs
NL-ENG.K-12.1, NL-ENG.K-12.2, NL-ENG.K-12.5, NSS-G.K-12.1, NSS-G.K-12.2


"Tight Packing" from the rare book, "The History of the Rise, Progress, and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the Africa Slave-Trade by the British Parliament, 1808" by Thomas Clarkson.

HT1162.C6c “Tight Packing” from the rare book, “The History of the Rise, Progress, and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the Africa Slave-Trade by the British Parliament, 1808” by Thomas Clarkson.

Captive Passage: Investigating the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Grades: 4th – 11th

Slavery in the Americas shaped the history, culture, and commerce of four continents over the course of five centuries. During this program, students begin their investigation by discussing the economic, cultural, and racial origins of the transatlantic slave trade in the 15th century. Utilizing primary sources including maps and images along with artifact reproductions, we examine the triangle trade as students come to understand the economic impact of slavery on Africa, Europe, and the New World. We then explore the human side of this “peculiar institution” as we examine firsthand accounts written by enslaved Africans, traders, and abolitionist. This program concludes with a discussion of the role slavery played in the development of the Americas. 

Offered: At Museum, Outreach

SOL/Curriculum Objectives
History: VS.1, VS.4, VS.7, USI.1, USI.4, USI.5, USI.9, WG.1, WG.3, WG.9, WG.15, WHI.12, WHII.1, WHII.2, WHII.4, WHII.7, WHII.8, VUS.1, VUS.2, VUS.3, VUS. 6

National SOLs
NSS-USH.5-12.2, NSS-USH.12-3, NSS-USH.5-12.4

Common Core Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH: 6-8.1, 6-8.2,6-8.4, 6.-8.6, 6-8.7, 6-8.9, 6-8.10, 9-10-1, 9-10-2, 9-10.3, 9-10-4, 9-10.5, 9-10.6,9-10.9, 11-12.1, 11-12.2, 11-12.4, 11-12.5, 11-12.6, 11-12.7, 11-12.8, 11-12.9, 11-12.10


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.


LP2956 USS <em>Monitor</em> and Merrimac, First Fight Between Ironclads, 1886 by Julian O. Davidson.

LP2956 USS Monitor and Merrimac, First Fight Between Ironclads, 1886 by Julian O. Davidson.

Clash of Armor: The Battle of the Monitor and the Virginia

Grades: 4th – 12th

Students will demonstrate skills for historical and geographical analysis and responsible citizenship by investigating the story of the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia, and the first major battle between these two ironclads. Using reproduction artifacts, personal correspondence and historical images, students will gain an understanding of the importance of this battle to Virginia, the American Civil War and navies around the world, even today. Students will also be introduced to the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and discover how artifacts from the Monitor wreck site are being conserved here at The Mariners’ Museum. Be sure to visit http://www.monitorcenter.org/ to learn more about the Battle of Hampton Roads.

Offered: At Museum, Outreach

SOL/Curriculum Objectives
History: VS.1 (a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i); VS.7 (a, b, c), USI.1 (a,b,c,d); USI.9 (f); USII.1 (a, b, c, d, e)

National SOLs
NSS-USH.5-12.5

Common Core Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH: 6-8.1, 6-8.2,6-8.4, 6.-8.6, 6-8.7, 6-8.9, 6-8.10, 9-10-1, 9-10-2, 9-10.3, 9-10-4, 9-10.5, 9-10.6,9-10.9, 11-12.1, 11-12.2, 11-12.4, 11-12.5, 11-12.6, 11-12.7, 11-12.8, 11-12.9, 11-12.10


Oil Painting of the Santa Maria

Oil Painting of the Santa Maria

Exploration across the Seas – Europe, Polynesia, and Beyond

Grades: 2nd

Exploration across the Seas – Europe, Polynesia, and Beyond is designed specifically for second grade classes. Students will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographic analysis, and economic decision making by taking an imaginative journey across the world’s seas. The students will help map the continents and oceans of the world as well as the equator, prime meridian, and hemispheres. These maps will transform from the time when cartographers were still mapping the world and mariners were discovering new land masses, to the maps we know today. Museum teachers will guide discussions about why we celebrate Columbus Day, why resource scarcity promotes trade, and the importance of navigational tools to maritime explorers. Students will be able to see and handle those navigational tools used by explorers from around the world.

Offered: At Museum, Outreach

SOL/Curriculum Objectives
History/Social Sciences: 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.5, 2.6, 2.10
Science: 2.2, 2.6
Health: 2.2
Math: 2.3


Watercolor of an Ancient Chinese Junk Ship by William Farington

Watercolor of an Ancient Chinese Junk Ship by William Farington

Exploration in the Ancient World

Grades: 3rd

Exploration in the Ancient World is specifically designed for third grade classes. Students will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographic analysis, and economic decision making by taking an imaginative journey across the world’s most important waterways. The focus of the program is on the five major ancient civilizations: China, Egypt, Mali, Rome, and Greece. The students will help map the ancient world from the beginning of civilization, through their periods of greatest influence, and compare these maps to the modern civilizations of today. Museum teachers will guide discussions that allow students to compare the advancements of the civilizations, describe human-environment interactions with oceans, seas, and rivers within each civilization, and understand the importance of trade for these civilizations. The students will create timelines to show the growth of the civilizations and view images of ancient boats from our collection that were created by these civilizations in order to explore more of their world.

Offered: At Museum, Outreach

SOL/Curriculum Objectives
History/Social Sciences: 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.9
Science: 3.7, 3.9


Map of the Americas created by Jodocus Hondius with settlements, territories, and regions labeled

Map of the Americas created by Jodocus Hondius with settlements, territories, and regions labeled

Exploration and Colonization in the New World

Grades: 6th

Exploration and Colonization in the New World is specifically designed for United States History classes. Students will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographic analysis, and economic decision making by taking an imaginative journey across the world’s seas. The program will focus on European Exploration in North America and West Africa. Museum teachers will guide discussions about the motivation, obstacles, and consequences of exploration, the cooperation and conflict between natives and explorers, and the factors that helped shape colonial America. The students will create the story of exploration in their own words with the help of primary and secondary sources, as well as reproduction artifacts from the museum.

Offered: At Museum, Outreach

SOL/Curriculum Objectives
History: USI.4, USI.5


Cross section of Mayflower. Illustration by Barbara Wright, 2006.

“Cross section of Mayflower.” Illustration by Barbara Wright, 2006.

Sailing into Thanksgiving

Grades: K – 2nd

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. Students will also learn about the Pilgrims and their life in America, and what inspired them to celebrate the first Thanksgiving. Students will have an opportunity to make a story bracelet so they will be able to tell others about the Pilgrims.

Offered: At Museum, Outreach, Interactive Video Conferencing

SOL/Curriculum Objectives
History: K.1, K.7, K.10, K.11, 2.1, 2.5, 2.8, 2.9, 2.10

National SOLs
NSS-USH.K-4.1, NSS-USH.K-4.3

Common Core Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.: K.2, K.3, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.9, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5,2.6, 2.7, 2.9, 2.10, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.9, 3.10

G1015.O77cO Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theater of the World), 1596 by Abraham Ortelius, 1527-1598.

G1015.O77cO Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theater of the World), 1596 by Abraham Ortelius, 1527-1598.

Tales Across the Atlantic

Grades: K – 3rd

Stories abound in every culture. Africans, Europeans, and Native Americans have used storytelling to teach life lessons, to entertain, and to explain the workings of the world. In this entertaining and informative program, students will listen to stories from these three different cultures and see how the stories are similar, even though they come from different parts of the world. The students will understand how the converging cultures influenced the stories we love today. Through this interactive program of storytelling and music, students will use musical shakers and body percussion to become active participants in this storytelling tradition.

Offered: At Museum, Outreach

SOLs/Curriculum Objectives
History: K.1, K.2, 1.1, 1.13, 2.1, 3.1, 3.4
English: K.1, K.2, 1.1, 2.1, 2.3, 3.1, 3.5
Music: K.2, K.4, K.5, K.6, K.7, K.8, 1.4, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.12, 2.6, 2.7, 2.9, 2.13, 3.14

PRICES

*At the Museum$4.50 per student
Outreach$4.50 per student
Interactive Video Conferencing$125 per program

 

*The Mariners’ Museum and Park requires the active participation of all classroom teachers and chaperones. Teachers, school personnel, and chaperones will receive free admission. Chaperones provide vital support to the Museum education teaching team. We recommend one chaperone for every ten students.

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.

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

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