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Lifestyles Past and Present - Colonial Era
Description: This program examines the differences in home-life today as compared to the late colonial era.  Grades: 1 - 8

Lifestyles Program ImageDuring this program, students will:

  1. Compare their lives to those of people who lived in the mid-1700s
  2. Play an artifact matching game to learn about daily life in colonial New England
  3. Grind corn using a mortar and pestle

Maine Learning Results Connections:
E1 Historical Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns: Students understand various major eras in the history of the community, Maine, and the United States (a, b).

Common Core Standard Connections:
Comprehension and Collaboration: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade appropriate topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Key Ideas and Details: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


The Post and Beam House - Colonial Era
Description: Through a brief PowerPoint presentation and a hands-on activity, learn about post and beam houses and their importance to colonial New England. Grades 3 - 8

Timber-Frame House Program ImageDuring this program, students will:

  1. Understand how the environment, personal expression, and group dynamics, affected the building styles settlers brought with them from England
  2. Learn about the social and technological aspects of post and beam construction
  3. Help assemble a model of a post and beam house

Maine Learning Results Connections:
A2 Models: Students use models to represent objects and events from the physical setting and the technological world (a).
D2 Individual, Cultural, International, and Global Connections in Geography: Students understand geographic aspects of unity and diversity in regions of the United States (b).
E1 Historical Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns: Students understand various major eras in the history of the community, Maine, and the United States (b).

Common Core Standard Connections:
Key Ideas and Details: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Portraits - Colonial and Nation Building Eras
Description: Through an interactive PowerPoint presentation and a hands-on activity, learn about the artists and patrons involved in eighteenth and nineteenth century New England portraiture.  Grades 3 - 8

SilhouetteDuring this program, students will:

  1. Compare their lives to those of people who lived over 200 years ago
  2. Learn how and why both artists and patrons expressed themselves through portraiture
  3. Develop observational skills by analyzing three paintings and several silhouettes from the Museum's collection

Maine Learning Results Connections:
A1 Artists Purpose: Students explain purposes for making art in different times and places, and the relationship to cultural traditions, personal expression, and communication of beliefs.
E1 Historical Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns: Students understand various major eras in the history of the community, Maine, and the United States (a, b).

Common Core Standard Connections:
Comprehension and Collaboration: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade appropriate topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Key Ideas and Details: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


From Plant to Rope - Colonial and Nation Building Eras
Description: Learn about the social and technological aspects behind rope-making in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  Grades 3 - 8

ropemaking imageDuring this program, students will:

  1. Use primary source documents to gather information about the rope-making process
  2. Handle the fiber used in rope production through the different stages of the process
  3. Make jump ropes on the Museum's rope machine

Maine Learning Results Connections:
E1 Historical Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns: Students understand various major eras in the history of the community, Maine, and the United States (b).

Common Core Standard Connections:
Comprehension and Collaboration: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade appropriate topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Key Ideas and Details: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Life as a Civil War Soldier - Civil War Era
Description:
Learn what it was like to be a soldier during the Civil War.  Grades 3 - 8

Photograph of Alvin AmesDuring this program, students will:

  1. Experience a personal view of the Civil War by reading letters written by Union soldiers from Maine
  2. Learn about life in camp and on the march during the Civil War
  3. Determine the uses of Civil War objects through hands-on investigation 

Maine Learning Results Connections:
E1 Historical Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns: Students understand various major eras in the history of the community, Maine, and the United States (b).

Common Core Standard Connections:
Key Ideas and Details: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Comprehension and Collaboration: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade appropriate topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

The Mystery of Fort Madison - Civil War Era
Description: On Halloween in 1864, soldiers at Fort Madison in Castine sounded the "big gun" warning residents that the Fort had been attacked...but by whom and why?  Grades 5 - 8 

Photograph of Rufus AmesDuring this program, students will: 

  1. Investigate primary sources to learn about Fort Madison and the mysterious attack
  2. Discuss various primary source material in small groups, and as a class, to come to a consensus about what really happened 
  3. Determine the importance of letter writing during the Civil War
  4. Learn about the attitudes and beliefs of everyday people living in Maine during the Civil War

Maine Learning Results Connections:
E1 Historical Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns: Students understand various major eras in the history of the community, Maine, and the United States (b).

Common Core Standard Connections:
Key Ideas and Details: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Comprehension and Collaboration: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade appropriate topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

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