Museum Molly and Historian Harry want to share their iFives with you: Identify; Inspect; Interact; Improve; and Inspire.
Identify. Find an object that interests you. Do you know what it is? Think of some ways to get more information about it.
Inspect. Look closely at your object’s clues. Does it have words? What other information can you learn from inspecting it? Do you know anything else like it?
Interact. Collect some other objects that are similar to yours. How are they the same? How are the different? How many ways can you organize your new collection?
Improve. How can you make your object better? Draw and label your design. Don’t forget to submit a patent!
Inspire. How will you share your collection and great idea with others to inspire them to be creative thinkers just like you?
Explore the Museum
Pre Visit Activies
- SCOOPS Think about it!
- Think of all the ways people travel.
- How can you get information about something you know nothing about?
- Name the things it takes to make a city?
- Historian Harry’s Hints: Using Primary Documents Use the included materials to practice reading pictures and artifacts.
- History is a story: Memories, Eyewitness Accounts, Evidence and More! Choose a school event that everyone has experienced. This could be a program, a lesson, community reading day or even the first day of school. Write down student’s memories. What do other people remember? Do you have any evidence of the event? What is the most reliable source? What do the other sources add to the story? Are they important? Why?
- What’s your story? Encourage students to look at old photos and keepsakes with their families. What stories do they tell? Arrange them into categories by person, event or year. Label them with an event or caption, date, place and names of the people in the photo. Put them into an album or scan them onto your computer to tell your story.
- George I. Alden Family Gallery Gazette
- A Peek At the Past Edition
- Activity Newsletter for students visiting the gallery *Annotated Teacher edition with answers
Post Visit Activities
- Think about it What did you know about Worcester, diners, factories and Stephen Salisbury’s store before your visit to Worcester Historical Museum? What did you learn about these places on your visit? Make a chart to show what you learned, what more you want to know about them and what resources can think of to find that information.
- What’s the difference? Use the Venn diagram to compare and contrast a diner with your favorite restaurant. How are they the same? What makes them different? Which one do you prefer? Write a sentence telling the reasons you made your choice.
- Reading your neighborhood. Take a walk through your neighborhood. Use the tally sheet to identify stores, restaurants, workplaces, housing, services and places to have fun. What in your neighborhood represents a city, state or national service? Choose something from your list. What story does it tell? What memories do you have of this item? What do other people say about it? What evidence can you collect that will tell you more? Take a photo or draw a picture and explain why it is special to you and to Worcester.
- I can make it better! Think about the item you described from your neighborhood walk. How would you make it better? Redesign it, construct it or make a drawing or model. Tell the story about what you did to improve it and why your version is better.
- Kid Quest Send a photo or illustration and a short description of your new and improved item. to the Alden Family Gallery Kid Quest wall and share your creativity with others!
Downloadable PDF here: Pre and post visit Activities