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Our partners offer a wide range of school-based programs for elementary school students.

Click the partners below to learn more about the exciting programs currently offered.

For Our Youngest Learners (2-3 year olds):

“Fish and Friends” — From fins to legs, discover the various body parts that animals need to survive. Students will read a story, compare the body parts of crabs and fish, try out a pair of “crab claws,” and meet some fishy friends.

CONTACT: [email protected]
ADDRESS: Museum: 723 Second Street PO Box 3088, Annapolis, MD 21403; Education Center: 7300 Edgewood Rd, Annapolis, MD
Phone: 410-295-0104, ext. 27
Web Link: http://www.amaritime.org/education/school-programs-3

 

PreK – Kindergarten Programs

Fins, Feet, & Feelers allows students to meet critters like fish, shrimp, and crabs that make their home on an oyster reef. Students will listen to an oyster story, learn the body parts of different animals, and touch and interact with the many different animals that live on the oyster reef habitat.

What’s a Waterman? Students will learn about this important and unique Chesapeake Bay job. They will hear a story about the Chesapeake Bay, learn about the special clothing that a waterman wears and the equipment that he uses, meet a blue crab, and use tools to practice fishing and collecting oysters.

CONTACT: [email protected]
ADDRESS: Museum: 723 Second Street PO Box 3088, Annapolis, MD 21403; Education Center: 7300 Edgewood Rd, Annapolis, MD
Phone: 410-295-0104, ext. 27
Web Link: http://www.amaritime.org/education/school-programs-3

 


 

Club Chesapeake Afterschool

Bring the Chesapeake Bay to your classroom. With six 1-2 hour sessions once per week, students will explore a variety of animals, perform experiments, play games, and get a full hands-on understanding of the Chesapeake Bay.

CONTACT: [email protected]
ADDRESS: Museum: 723 Second Street PO Box 3088, Annapolis, MD 21403; Education Center: 7300 Edgewood Rd., Annapolis, MD
Phone: 410-295-0104, ext. 27
Web Link:
http://www.amaritime.org/education/school-programs-3

Beginning African American History In-School Experience

Begin the exploration of Maryland’s African American history through hands-on activities based on many of Maryland’s influential figures. Students will learn about Adinkra symbols from Western Africa, an area where many African American Marylanders can trace their roots; design a compass for way-finding like Harriet Tubman and Matthew Henson; create a book life Frederick Douglass and James Pennington; and create a protest sign like the Civil Rights Era protesters.

Program duration: 2 hours.
Cost: $100.00/group of 30 students plus mileage.
Recommended for grades K-3.
On-site workshops are available Monday through Friday with flexible start times. To book an on-site program, contact the museum at least 3 weeks in advance of your desired date.

ATTRACTION: Banneker-Douglass Museum
CONTACT: [email protected]
ADDRESS: 84 Franklin St., Annapolis, MD
PHONE: 410-216.6186

Web Link: www.bdmuseum.maryland.gov

 


 

Follow the North Star Hands-On Workshop

Learn about the importance of the North Star for three prominent Marylanders – Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman. Students will investigate Benjamin Banneker’s love for astronomy and how he was about to use the movement of the stars to create one of the most accurate almanacs of his time. Then students will learn about Frederick Douglass’s North Star – the most influential black anti-slavery newspaper published during the antebellum era. Students will discover the importance of the North Star and the constellations for Harriet Tubman as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

Program duration: 2 hours.
Cost: $100.00/group of 30 students plus mileage.
Recommended for grades 3-8.
On-site workshops are available Monday through Friday with flexible start times.
To book an on-site program, contact the museum at least 3 weeks in advance of your desired date.

ATTRACTION: Banneker-Douglass Museum
CONTACT: [email protected]

ADDRESS: 84 Franklin St., Annapolis, MD
PHONE: 410-216.6186
Web Link: www.bdmuseum.maryland.gov

Hands-On Workshop

Hands-on workshops for ages 3 and up. Cost: $125 per facilitator per hour in Annapolis area (within 15 minutes of CCM) $150 in Anne Arundel County. Add $10 per 10 minutes travel time beyond AA Co.

A hands-on workshop tailored to the ages of your children to include theme-related presentation, crafts, storytelling, games, and music activities. Choose from the following topics or suggest another.

Animals: live animals come to you, plus interactive animal folk tale, game and craft
Around the World: specific countries or cultures can be chosen
Every Day is Earth Day: recycle relay, using “trash” for art, visit with live animals
Lively Tales: interactive storytelling followed by puppet making
Music, Music, Music: instrument-making workshop, musical jam, and dance party
Creating with the Masters: choose 2 artists to learn about and to imitate
Deconstruction: use tools to see what’s inside a machine; invent a new one!
Taking Off!: aviation history and flying objects of your own making
Lead On, Harriet!: meet a conductor of the Underground Railroad; add $1 for snack
The Skin You Live In: skin color differences explained; add $1 for snack

CONTACT: Debbie Wood, [email protected]
ADDRESS: 25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE: 410-990-1993
Web Link: www.theccm.org

Footprints: Walking in the Footsteps of History Afterschool Program

Using primary sources, students will learn about the colonial period and the lives of everyday people through a variety of hands-on fun activities. By actually experiencing the impactful “footprints” of those who came before them, students will develop an awareness of their “footprints” in order to determine how their actions and decisions will affect their future and to consider what kind of “footprints” they will leave.

CONTACT: Courtney Knapp, [email protected]
ADDRESS: Addresses vary; see above
PHONE: 410-990-4754 or 410-990-4543 x 405
WEB LINK: http://www.annapolis.org/education/prek-programs

Virtual Field Trips

(VFTs) are live, interactive experiences that bring the study of history directly into your classroom! Students videochat with a museum educator, exploring historical evidence, including documents, images, artifacts and video clips, in order to draw conclusions about our nation’s past.

9 different VFTs address the following topics:

  • First Contact: Perspectives on Eastern Woodland Indians
  • What Makes A Good National Anthem?
  • Pack It Up: What To Bring To Colonial America
  • Daily Life: Then & Now
  • From Plantation to Shipyard: Perspectives on Slavery
  • Mr. Madison’s War: The Causes of The War of 1812
  • You & Your Watershed: Learning Through The Chesapeake Bay
  • Grab Your Haversack!: Exploring The Life of A Revolutionary War Soldier
  • Tracing the Life of Frederick Douglass

Program duration: 45-60 minutes

Cost: $75 per session for Maryland schools, grant funding for select programs is available

CONTACT: [email protected]

PHONE: 410-685-3750

Website: http://www.mdhs.org/virtual-field-trip-lessons

 

Traveling Trunks

Trunks are filled with reproduction primary source artifacts and documents, which travel to your classroom for a 3 Week Rental. Rental also includes lessons plans, activities, and audiovisuals, which are all now accessible digitally through an online portal. Teachers can pick up and drop off at the museum, or have trunks delivered directly to your school.

5 different trunks address the following topics:

  • Colonial Maryland: Building the New World
  • Revolutionary War
  • Growing Up in Maryland
  • Maryland Indians
  • Civil War

Program duration: 3 Weeks

Cost: $50 (picked up at museum), $125 or $175 (shipped to school), grant funding for select programs is available

CONTACT: [email protected]

PHONE: 410-685-3750

Website: http://www.mdhs.org/education/traveling-trunks

Legacy of Slavery

From the bondage of enslaved Africans in Maryland’s formative years, to the complicated workings of the Underground Railroad and slave resistance, and to modern-day examples of racial inequality in our society, the Legacy of Slavery Research Department examines countless aspects of our state’s unique history.

The Legacy of Slavery in Maryland website, http://slavery.msa.maryland.gov/ contains detailed biographies of enslaved individuals, their accomplices to resisting the institution through flight, to the slaveholders and many other Marylanders that lived and worked in our state throughout time.

Available online are links to primary source document collections, a searchable database of runaway advertisements, census records, and other related records. Additionally, our “Documents for the Classroom” collections, which can be found at msa.maryland.gov, contain ready-to-use educational instruction packets of Archives’ material focusing on topics that span Maryland’s history.

Staff is available to present to student, teacher, historical, genealogical and other civic groups, as well as provide training on how to use primary and secondary source documents related to Maryland’s history.

To schedule outreach, contact: [email protected]
Guide to the History of Slavery in Maryland and other Archive publication class sets are also available from the Maryland State Archives.
Recommended for grades 3-12.

ATTRACTION: Legacy of Slavery in Maryland
CONTACT: Ryan Cox
ADDRESS: 350 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, MD, 21401
PHONE: (410) 260-6461
Web Link: http://slavery.msa.maryland.gov/

 


 

Thinkports War of 1812 Classroom Resources Center

To make it easier for teachers to identify and access the full range of high-quality resources related to the War of 1812 available on the internet, the Friends of Fort McHenry, in partnership with Maryland Public Television (MPT) and the National Park Service, developed the Star-Spangled Virtual Resource Center. Housed on MPT’s Thinkport, this classroom resources portal provides educators with “one-stop-shopping” for complete lesson plans, primary source documents and images, sound and video clips, and more, such as field trip ideas, interactive maps, a build-your-own-museum feature, and exercises that use art to develop critical-thinking skills.
ATTRACTION: Maryland Public Television/Thinkport
Web Link: www.thinkport.org/default.tp

Modern Student Meets Colonial Times

Our 18th Century Annapolitan will lead your young scholars on a journey back in time to explore life during Colonial America. Your students will join in lively discussions about settlement, government, and daily life. They will also participate in a rousing rendition of the skit: George Washington and His Capable Crew.
ATTRACTION: Watermark
ADDRESS: P.O Box 3350, Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE: 410.268.7601 x104
Web Link: http://destinationeducation.com
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