"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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The Story of Virginia

Student workshops

Our student workshops are designed to take advantage of the museum's collections to provide an immersive experience in Virginia history.

Programs include content and analysis through interaction with primary and secondary sources. Workshops are FREE for students, teachers, and chaperones, but reservations are required.

Student workshops may be reserved by completing our onlne Field trip request form.

Learn about programs for:

K-1st Grade | 2nd Grade | 3rd Grade | 4th - 5th Grade | Secondary | Custom

K-1st Grade

Program Title: Dressing the Past (K.1-K.3, K.7, K.8 // 1.1-1.3b)
Time: 60 minutes
Maximum Group Size: 120 students
Description: Using clothes and replica artifacts, students will take a journey through time to look at items of clothing from famous Virginians and important periods in Virginia’s history. Participants will be able to draw conclusions about life in the past vs. present, and talk about why individuals and communities lived, worked, and dressed differently.
Complete the online Field trip request form to reserve your workshop today!

Program Title: Famous Faces (1.1a, 1.1e, 1.2a-b, 1.3, 1.4)
Time: 60 minutes
Maximum Group Size: 120 students
Description: Using primary sources and time in our galleries, students will be introduced to Famous Virginians. Participants will be able to discuss the contributions of these individuals to life in Virginia today.

Program Title: Marvelous Maps (K.1, K.3 - K.7 // 1.1, 1.2, 1.5, 1.6)
Time: 60 minutes
Maximum group size: 120 students
Description:Students will develop map skills and view primary and secondary sources by investigating a variety of maps to learn about:

  • basic map symbols,

  • cardinal directions, and

  • land and water features.

Participants will also compare globes to flat maps, historic maps to modern maps, and local maps to national maps.
Complete the online Field trip request form to reserve your workshop today!

2nd Grade

Program Title: Powhatan’s People (2.1a, 2.1b, 2.1d, 2.1e, 2.3, 2.7)
Time: 60 minutes
Maximum Group Size: 120 students
Description: Using replica artifacts and primary sources, students will learn about the lives and customs of the Powhatan Indians in comparison to other Native American tribes, with a focus on the Lakota and Pueblo peoples. Participants will be able to compare and contrast these tribes, as well as explain what contributes to the differences in their lifestyles.

3rd Grade

Program Title: The Voice, The Pen, The Sword (3.11 – 3.13) — COMING FALL 2018
Time: 60 minutes
Maximum Group Size: 120 students
Description: Coming Fall 2018

4th – 5th Grade

Program Title: Hands-On History Boxes (SOLs vary depending on topic of program)
Time: 60 minutes
Maximum Group Size: 60 students
Description: Using replica artifacts, images, and reproductions of manuscripts from our collections, students will explore a specific era of Virginia history in-depth. Permanent topics include:

  • Pocahontas and the Powhatans,

  • the Revolutionary War,

  • Westward Expansion, and

  • the Civil War.

Complete the online Field trip request form to reserve your workshop today!

Program Title: Virginia Studies SOL-Based Combination Tour (VS.1 – VS.10)
Time: 120 minutes
Maximum Group Size: 120 students
Description: Specifically developed for elementary Virginia Studies students, this program follows the timeline of Virginia History from prehistory to the present day. Students will participate in a 60 minute gallery tour by viewing and analyzing objects on display, as well as participate in a 60-minute interactive classroom presentation that highlights four important topics in Virginia History (Pocahontas and Powhatans, Revolutionary War, Westward Expansion, and Civil War) through primary sources, secondary sources, and replica artifacts.
Complete the online Field trip request form to reserve your workshop today!

Program Title: The Storyof Virginia/Hands-On-History Boxes (SOLs vary depending on topic of program)
Time: 90 minutes
Maximum Group Size: 120 students
Description: Students will participate in a 45-minute Story of Virginia gallery tour by viewing and analyzing objects on display. They will then dive deeper into a specific area of history with our hands-on history box interactive classroom activity that incorporates primary sources, secondary sources, and replica artifacts.
Complete the online Field trip request form to reserve your workshop today!

Secondary

Program Title: Primary Source Investigations (SOLs vary depending on grade and topic of program)
Time: 60 minutes
Maximum Group Size: 60 students
Description: Using manuscripts, images, and replica artifacts, students will explore a specific topic from Virginia’s past. Students will analyze the impact of changing types of media and reword public documents as tweets. Students will also be assigned different perspectives and craft appropriate social media responses to historical public events from those diverse viewpoints. Topics include Virginia Indians, The Revolutionary War, Westward Expansion, Slavery in Virginia, The Civil War, Reconstruction, Virginia in the 20th Century, and Civil Rights.
Complete the online Field trip request form to reserve your workshop today!

Program Title: Junior Curators (SOLs vary depending on grade and topic of program ) — COMING FALL 2018
Time: 90 minutes
Maximum Group Size: 120 students
Description: Students will tour museum galleries to see and analyze how sources and artifacts are displayed to best illustrate a topic of your choice. This program also includes a classroom portion that focuses on analysis of primary sources, and finally allows students to “curate” their own pop-up exhibit for quick presentation to the class about why the students chose the images, sources, and artifacts that they did to represent the chosen topic.
Complete the online Field trip request form to reserve your workshop today!

Custom Programs (60 minutes, 90 minutes, or 120 minutes)

Our custom programs can be for all age-levels, whether it is from a desire to dive more deeply into a specific topic, learn more about a topic not listed above, or work more hands-on with our vast collection of primary and secondary sources. Previous programs have focused on 

  • the African-American experience in Virginia,

  • the move into the 20th century,

  • Women in Virginia,  

  • Civil Liberties in Virginia,

  • material culture as a lens to understand how the past is different than the present.

Custom programs are also a way to work our temporary exhibits into your visit – let us know what you are interested in!

Please complete our online Field trip request form with relevant information and a member of our education team will be in touch.

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