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Mariners of Moana

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Grade Level: 3rd - 5th

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Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Polynesia comes to life in this interactive virtual exploration of the Indigenous peoples of Oceania. By comparing images from the Disney movie Moana to artifacts in The Mariners’ Museum Collection, students will learn about the traditions of South Pacific Islanders and their unique maritime history. Students will interpret objects, paintings, maps, dance, and specialized charts to understand the distinctive and varied cultures in islands from Hawaii to New Zealand. Archaeological investigation will also be explored as students develop their own hypotheses to answer the questions of the Pacific Islander Long Pause as it relates to human and animal migration. At the end of the program, students will play the role of a Pacific Islander to try to migrate from one island to another.

Duration: 30 minutes

Polynesia comes to life in this interactive virtual exploration of the Indigenous peoples of Oceania. By comparing images from the Disney movie Moana to artifacts in The Mariners’ Museum Collection, students will learn about the traditions of South Pacific Islanders and their unique maritime history. Students will interpret objects, paintings, maps, dance, and specialized charts to understand the distinctive and varied cultures in islands from Hawaii to New Zealand. Archaeological investigation will also be explored as students develop their own hypotheses to answer the questions of the Pacific Islander Long Pause as it relates to human and animal migration. After the conclusion of the program, students are encouraged to build their own navigational chart with found items around their home or classroom, just like the mariners of the Marshall Islands.

Most of our virtual education programs are scheduled through ZOOM Cloud-based video conferencing. ZOOM is free to use and requires minimal equipment. For more information, please visit: https://zoom.us/

Learning Objectives

Students will gain a better understanding of: 

  • Pacific Island artifacts and how they relate to the movie Moana,  
  • Cultures of the Pacific Islands,
  • The Long Pause and the story of the world’s first known deep-sea explorers, and 
  • Archaeological investigation and hypothesis development.

History (VDOE 2015):

  • Elementary:  3.1a-j; 3.7; VS.1d, g, i; USI.1a, d, g; USI.2a, c, d

Science (VDOE 2018):

  • Elementary: 3.1a, c, d; 3.2a-b; 3.4a, c; 4.1a-d;4.3a, c; 4.7b-c; 5.1a-d; 5.2a-b; 5.3a-b, d; 5.9a-c

English (VDOE 2017):

  • Elementary: 4.2a, c; 4.3a-b; 5.2a, d; 5.3a-c

Dance Arts (VDOE 2020):

  • Elementary: 3.1; 3.6; 4.1; 4.6; 4.7; 5.1; 5.6; 5.7

Visual Arts (VDOE 2020):

  • Elementary: 3.3c; 3.6a, c; 3.7; 4.6a-d; 4.7; 5.6a-d; 5.7
  • Middle: 6.1, 6.3a, 6.4, 6.6 (b,c,d,e,f), 6.7

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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