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Social Sciences - Kindergarten K.1

Captive Passage Investigating The Transatlantic Slave Trade

This hands-on program will help students discover how the institution of black slavery shaped the history, culture, and commerce of four continents over the course of five centuries, and how its impact is still felt today. Drawing heavily on primary source material, students will be able to identify the economic, cultural, and racial origins of the slave trade. First-hand accounts of the slave trade by enslaved Africans, slave traders, and abolitionists will give students the chance to explore the human side of this "peculiar institution." Reproduction artifacts and musical instruments will give students the opportunity to explore firsthand the transference of African culture across the Atlantic to the Americas. Museum Educators will facilitate discussion and discovery in this lively program. (Grades K-12)

  • Location: The Mariner's Museum, Newport News 
  • SOLs Covered: History and Social Sciences: K.1, 3.3, 4.2, 4.4, 5.3, 5.7, 9.5, 9.9, 11.6
  • Time Required: 1 hour
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Highlights of the Collection

Great art from different times and different civilizations helps students better understand themselves and the world around them. This is also an excellent opportunity to introduce the Museum to them as an extraordinary community resource. (Grades K - 12)

  • Location: Chrysler Museum
  • SOLs Covered: English: K.3, 1.3, 2.3, 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1, History: K.1, 1.1, 2.1, 3.1, 4.7, 5.9, 5.10, 6.10, 6.11, 8.2, 8.3, 9.4, 8.5, 8.6,, 8.9, 8.10, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5, 9.6, 9.7, 9.8, 9.9, 9.10, 9.11, 10.4, 11.17. 
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  • Costs: $2.00 per student. Please call (757) 333-6269 or contact for information and reservations or use our on-line form to request a reservation  

Props, Wings & Flying Things 

Celebrate the Centennial of Flight with the Wright Brothers! Discover the "Wright" answer to the question "How do you fly?" Where and how did Orville and Wilbur build the first airplane? Does weather affect the way airplanes fly? See what it takes to push an airplane across the sky, and find out why it sometimes is better to be little than big! (Grades Pre-K – 2)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: K.4, 1.2, 2.6, Social Studies: K.1, K.3, 1.2
  • Time Required: 30 minutes. Goes well with the IMAX film Straight Up! Helicopters in Action, a tour of the new Adventures in Flight gallery, and the traveling exhibits Before the Wrights: The Dream of Flight (Oct. 3, 2003 - Jan. 1, 2004) and Orville and Wilbur: The Wright Legacy (Nov. 1, 2003 - Jan. 11, 2004). Available as an outreach program to your school.
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  • Costs: Call (757) 727-0900, ext. 780 for more information, to book a group or schedule an educational program.  

Riding In A Log Canoe

Before the English reached the shores of Virginia, our area was inhabited by a thriving culture of Native Americans. With the interpretation of artifacts and gallery exhibits, your class can explore the world of the Powhatans. Students will examine their methods of travel, trade, hunting, and fishing, as well as learn about the daily lives of men, women, and children in Powhatan society (Grades K-5)

  • Location: The Mariner's Museum, Newport News 
  • SOLs Covered: History: K.1, K.7, 1.6, 2.2, 2.8, VS.2, VS.3, VS.4, VS.5, G 2.4, G 2.8
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Sailing Into Thanksgiving

Leaving England for the New World, the Pilgrims sailed across the ocean on their small ship the Mayflower. Join us in learning about life on board the Mayflower and how it moved, about the Pilgrims and their life in America, and what inspired the Pilgrims to celebrate the first Thanksgiving. Students will learn a Thanksgiving song and have an opportunity to make a miniature Mayflower. Grades Kindergarten.

  • Location: The Mariner's Museum, Newport News 
  • SOLs Covered: History: K.1, K.2, K.3, K.4
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Treasure Hunt Time Capsule

General Douglas MacArthur's life provides the theme for a "treasure hunt" though the Museum, using symbols for artifacts to follow a map and find those objects in the nine galleries. Students will also learn about the history of Norfolk from 1830 to the present. This is a hands-on experience using a map to find directions inside the museum. Students will view nine rooms in the Museum, find information where appropriate by reading labels, and view many types of American, Japanese and Philippine art. (Grades Pre-K – 3)

  • Location: MacAuthor Memorial
  • SOLs Covered: English: K.1. K.2, K.3, K.5, K.6, K.7, K.8, K.13; 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9; 2.2, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6; 3.1, 3.4. History: K.1, K.2, K.3, K.4, K.7, K.8, K.9; 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.15; 2.2, 2,4, 2.5, 2.9; 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.13 
  • Time Required: 4+ hours
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  • Cost: Field Trips to the MacArthur Memorial can be taken without charge. 

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