Social Studies

Burritt and His "Green" Home
Burritt on the Mountain
B-01  |  
Dr. Burritt was ahead of his time. His home has many features unique to his day. The wheat straw bale insulation he used is recommended for green buildings today. Even the shape of the house is unique. Learn about the myths of snakes in the walls and dragons in the dining room. Take a tour of the historic park buildings to see how settlers of the past designed structures to take advantage of solar heat and wind power.
Length of Course: 1-1/2 hours Grades: 4-12
Camp-In!
EarlyWorks Children's Museum
EW-06  |  
Spend the night in an exciting hands-on gallery and join with your team as you solve an ever-changing mystery of historic proportions! Your challenge: you and your teammates must solve a mystery in a search that will take you on an adventure down the river on a keelboat and through a mine explosion, a haunted log cabin and an old general store. The fun and games begin at Camp EarlyWorks after dark!
Length of Course: Overnight
Castles of Cumberland
Burritt on the Mountain
B-02  |  
Visit some early American “castles” of the Cumberland region. These log structures dominated the region’s early rural landscapes. Explore four different styles of cabins and other types of structures. All houses in the historic park are furnished with authentic relics and reproductions.
Length of Course: 1 hour Grades: 4-12
Civil War History
Weeden House Museum and Garden
W-01  |  
The life of Maria Howard Weeden will be presented to the students as they learn how this poet and artist used the conflict of the Civil War to write history. Students will view her art and learn how she painted exquisite portraits and captured the spirit of her model as she transcended the cultural barriers of her time. Visitors will also learn how people during the Civil War survived and how individuals and groups responded differently to their physical and social environments.
Length of Course: 1 hour
First Person Experiences
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum
V-05  |  
This is an ongoing program presented by veterans of World War II and later wars who will share with the students stories about morals, personal objectives and accomplishments of young people of another time.
Length of Course: 1 hour
Folk Life Days
Alabama Constitution Village
EW-05  |  
You’ll love the festival atmosphere at Constitution Village. There will be outdoor concessions, dancing the reel and craft tables for some hands-on fun. Who knows what famous American you might encounter as your class is directed from one craftsman to the next? Perhaps the blacksmith, candle dipper, printer or tinsmith will observe talent in one of your students and request that he/she stay behind as an apprentice!
Length of Course: 2 hours
How in the World
Burritt on the Mountain
B-05  |  
How did the people of the past get to North Alabama? Where did they come from? Learn about orienteering, cardinal directions and mapping as you trek across Burritt on the Mountain. You will have the opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt as you use the compass to navigate through the park. Limit 25 students or must be combined with another activity.
Grades: 4-8
In-Depth Development History of Military Vehicles , Weapons and Equipment
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum
V-04  |  
The students will learn about history based on the Museum’s collection of unique vehicles, as well as representative weapons, radios, uniforms and personal gear.
Length of Course: 1 hour
In-Depth Studies of Periods of Military History
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum
V-03  |  
Students will participate in presentations of specialized facets of military history, often by veterans who were there.
Length of Course: 1 hour
Interactive Docent-Led Tour
Huntsville Museum of Art
MA-01  |  
Taking a tour with a trained docent enhances the museum experience. A docent encourages students to ask and answer questions about the art on view. Docents provide a great deal of background about the artist, the works and the artistic movement to which the art belongs. By helping the student to observe, compare and interpret, the docent provides students the tools to evaluate art on their own. Groups of ten or more may schedule a docent-led tour with two weeks notice.
Length of Course: 1 hour
Lectures, Gallery Walks
Huntsville Museum of Art
MA-02  |  
Many programs are offered by the Huntsville Museum of Art throughout the year. These programs include gallery walks in which students join an artist for a tour of his/her works currently on view in one of the galleries. Often there are slide lectures presented in the Museum’s Great Hall by artists, museum curators, educators, art collectors and art historians to enhance the enjoyment of exhibitions currently on view.
Length of Course: 1 hour
Library Containing Memoirs and Documents
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum
V-02  |  
The students will learn about World War II from written and oral experiences of World War II veterans. They will view one-of-a-kind maps, photos and military orders.
Length of Course: 1 hour
Our Nation's Military Heritage
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum
V-01  |  
The students will learn about the Citizen Soldier Tradition, respect for the flag and armed conflicts at home and abroad from the military staff who “lived the history.”
Length of Course: 1 hour
Read and Learn Even More
Huntsville Museum of Art
MA-04  |  
Art is accompanied by a label that tells the viewer the artist’s name, the title of the work and the materials used to create the piece. Sometimes an extended text may accompany the label. Its purpose is to provide historical background, define art terms and provide detailed information about the artist. This written information provides the additional opportunity for individual exploration of the galleries at no additional cost. Activity-filled gallery guides are available for specific exhibitions.
Length of Course: Varies according to schedule
The Underground Railroad
Burritt on the Mountain
B-03  |  
The Underground Railroad had no tracks or train cars, but it moved thousands of slaves from the South to the North. Learn why people traveled on the Underground Railroad and where they went. Students will experience following the helpful clues from one “safe” house to the next. Hear the music from this era as you reenact this real-life adventure with your class. The size limit for this trip is 40 students.
Length of Course: 1-1/2 hours Grades: 4-12
Time Travelers Sleepover
EarlyWorks Children's Museum
EW-01  |  
Huntsville Historic Depot, EarlyWorks, Alabama Constitution Village: Explore the 1800s at our three unique museums. You’ll get a taste of early 19th century life, a feel for the danger of the Underground Railroad and a glimpse at life of the Civil War soldier. Spend the night at a local hotel with dinner and evening activities at the Depot and daytime activities at EarlyWorks and Constitution Village.
Length of Course: 1½ days
Village Living History
Alabama Constitution Village
EW-03  |  
Interpreters make history come alive as they invite students to card cotton, turn the great wheel lathe in the cabinet shop, stoke the fires in the blacksmith shop and dip candles.
Length of Course: 2 hours
Wild Wonderful World of Animals
Burritt on the Mountain
B-04  |  
Burritt offers animal studies including domestic, wildlife and urban wildlife. Learn the differences and similarities between these types of animals. You will have the opportunity to visit the habitat of a variety of animals as you hike the trails, travel through the barnyard and observe our pets.
Grades: 4-8

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