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A New World … Explored and Colonized

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Grade Level: 4th - 6th

Our talented team of Museum educators are committed to providing an engaging experience that brings SOL-related content to life for your students. We bring passion and energy to each program to ensure the highest level of impact and retention. To learn more about this program, click on one of the format options listed below.

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Duration: 2 hours

What made Europeans want to explore? What problems did they encounter? What kind of relationships existed between the Europeans and the American Indians? These are just some of the questions that students will better understand during this exciting program. Students will learn about European exploration and the eventual colonization of North America. Museum educators guide discussion about the motivations, obstacles, and consequences of exploration, the interaction between Indigenous groups and explorers, and the various factors that helped shape colonial America. Students will interpret and analyze primary sources and handle reproduction artifacts. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the Museum and engage with objects that connect to the classroom portion. 

Duration: 1 hour

What made Europeans want to explore? What problems did they encounter? What kind of relationships existed between the Europeans and the American Indians? These are just some of the questions that students will better understand during this exciting program. Students will learn about European exploration and the eventual colonization of North America. Museum educators guide discussion about the motivations, obstacles, and consequences of exploration, the interaction between Indigenous groups and explorers, and the various factors that helped shape colonial America. Students will interpret and analyze primary sources and handle reproduction artifacts.

Learning Objectives

Students will: 

  • Improve their understanding of how European exploration led to the colonization of the Americas. 
  • Develop an understanding of exploration and colonization’s effects and consequences on Indigenous peoples. 

HISTORY (VDOE 2015, updated Dec. 2020): 

  • USI.1 (a, c, f)  USI.4 (a, b)  USI.5 (a)

Pricing:

Payment can be made before the program, or we can invoice following your program.

  • Programs at the Museum are $4.50 per student.
    All adults accompanying a field trip are free.
  • Programs at your location are $4.50 per student.
  • Virtual education programs are $125 per program.

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 make your reservations a minimum of two weeks in advance.

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