In-Classroom Programs

Did you know that Brookside Museum offers in-classroom programming?  Choose from one of our existing programs or work with us to create a custom program to fit your students’ needs.  We work to ensure that each program is engaging, supports Common Core State Standards Initiatives and helps students learn about Saratoga County’s rich history.

Civil War Letters

Introduce your students to the world of Alonzo Bump, a Saratoga County soldier serving with the Union Army in the Civil War.  Using scans and transcriptions of his original letters, students learn about his motivations for enlisting, his concerns about family at home and the harsh realities of the battlefield.  A variety of original and replica items allow students to explore everyday life on campaign and draw conclusions about what soldiers experienced.   Working in teams, students utilize the texts and objects to create a brief narrative to share with their classmates.  This program supports Common Core State Standards Initiatives.

Recommended Grade Levels: 7th – 12th Grade

In-Classroom Program Fee: $100 per class, plus mileage

 

Sheep to Shawl in Your Classroom

We’re taking Sheep to Shawl on the road!  This popular program encourages students to discover the important role that sheep and agriculture play in local history as well as our modern lives.  “Sheep to Shawl” offers students a unique, interactive experience that they remember for years.  A variety of new vocabulary terms are introduced and students actively participate in many steps in processing wool fiber. This program supports the Common Core State Standards Initiatives.

Recommended Grade Levels: Pre-School – Grade 5

In-Classroom Program: $100 per class, plus mileage

 

Looking History in the Eye

Learn about local history through the lens of early photography. Discover what it was like to visit the photographer, the scientific processes which allowed the image to be captured, and view photographs of both familiar and forgotten local individuals and landmarks. Students will learn how to use photographs as primary sources and observe subtle clues about the past. This program supports the Common Core State Standards Initiatives.

Recommended Grade Levels: 7th – 12th Grade

In-Classroom Program Fee:  $100 per class, plus mileage

 

Native New York in Your Classroom

By popular demand, we are now offering an in-classroom version of our Native New York program.  Incorporating hands-on activities, original and replica objects, student-led exploration and discussion, this presentation helps students better understand what life was like in New York State over 500 years ago. This program supports the Common Core State Standards Initiatives and resources are available for extended classroom learning experiences.

Recommended Grade Levels: 4th Grade

In-Classroom Program Fee:  $100 per class, plus mileage

 

Brookside Harvest in Your Classroom

Learn about local farms and the foods they produce. Help shell, grind, and sift corn.  Enjoy a corn based snack and make a corn craft to keep.

Recommended Grade Levels: Preschool – Kindergarten

 In-Classroom Program Fee: $100 per class plus mileage

 

Mind Your Manners Tea Party

Learn about why manners are important by reading a story and practicing your “please” and “thank you.” Enjoy a tea party with (fruit) tea and cookies and make a lavender sachet to take home.

Recommended Grade Levels: Preschool – Kindergarten

In-Classroom Program Fee: $100 per class plus mileage  *There is an additional fee of $10 per session for food and craft supplies.

 

NEW! Saratoga County Water Works!  

Discover how water has played a crucial role in the history of the region. Test samples of local mineral water using modern pH testing strips and a red cabbage tincture as was done in the 1830s.  Use original ice tongs to pick up a block of ice and calipers to measure the melting rate of ice.  Try out a mini waterwheel to figure out how water can be used to run mills. We use scientific activities, economic data and historical images and artifacts to explore this theme in a truly memorable program.   This is available as a multi-part program or a one-time visit.

Recommended Grade Levels: Designed for fifth grade students, program adaptable to fourth and seventh grade levels.

In-Classroom Program Fee: $100 per session, plus mileage.

 

NEW! Your Community, Now and Then

Have you ever wondered how people used to get from place to place? How they grew their food?  What kids did for fun? Explore a selected era from history and try out hands-on activities to learn about life long ago.  Teachers can choose from a variety of station and activity options to customize it to your students’ needs.

Recommended Grade Levels: Developed for second and third grade students, but can be adapted to any age level.

In-Classroom Program Fee: $100 per session, plus mileage.

 

NEW! Dig Into History! 

Let us bring a mobile archaeology excavation into your classroom! Students work in small groups to carefully dig and sift through a re-created excavation. Analyze the materials, condition, and position of the authentic artifacts and figure out who left these items behind long ago.

Recommended Grade Levels: Designed for fifth grade students but can be adapted to fourth and seventh grade level students.

 In-Classroom Program Fee: $100 per session, plus mileage.

 

Brookside Programs are eligible for BOCES Arts in Education funding.

Mileage is $0.53 per mile, round trip, from 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa, New York 12020.

We are also happy to offer custom programming to fit the needs of your students.  We use quality replicas, durable original artifacts and scans of primary source documents to make each program a hands-on experience for each student.  Please contact us to learn more: education@brooksidemuseum.org.

Brookside Museum’s Educational Programs are made possible by the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature as well as Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities. 

 

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