#CelebrateWithDE – International Museum Day

International Museum Day is approaching! If we go by the dictionary definition of museum – “a building in which objects of historical, scientific, artistic, or cultural interest are stored or exhibited” – your classroom could easily be considered a museum with a few pointed activities. (Also, if we look at the dictionary entry for “museum,” we get to see a cool phonetic spelling: myo?o?z??m.) The resources we’ve selected for you will help you bring the museum experience right into your classroom. Happy International Museum Day!


Looking at Art

Lively Lessons: One Minute in a Museum
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Blog

The series One Minute in a Museum (published by AWOL) provides nearly 180 one-minute videos that feature famous works of art.


Specific Museums

A World of Wonders: Mastering the Louvre (France)
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 3-5, 6-8, Full Video

Follow world traveler Paula on her journey to the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. The program presents the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the Mona Lisa.
 
Smithsonian Museums: Part 1
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

This 5-minute video explains how James Smithson founded the Smithsonian Institution in 1846, and explores the Smithsonian Institution Building, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and National Museum of the American Indian.
 
Museum Secrets: Cairo Museum
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 9-12, Full Video

Unveil some of the secrets that the Cairo Museum houses. Artifacts found in the museum shed light on Egyptian culture, specifically the process of mummification, cultural values, and the roles and importance of pharaohs.


Virtual Experiences

A Virtual Field Trip from the Museum of Science
(Canadian Version)
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Virtual Field Trip

Join us at the Museum of Science in Boston where we explored the natural and human-made world through the lens of engineering.
 
Ford’s 150: Remembering the Lincoln Assassination
(Canadian Version)
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Virtual Field Trip

Experts lead an engaging and lively discussion that will deepen your student’s understanding of our 16th President and the events surrounding his assassination.
 
Panoramic Virtual Tours: Transportation Museum (North Carolina)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, Skill Builder

Tour this museum to learn about the history of vehicles used in transportation in the United States.
 
Panoramic Virtual Tours: Cotton Museum (South Carolina)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies
Grades 6-8, Skill Builder

Tour this museum to learn how cotton influenced the history of the American South.
 
Panoramic Virtual Tours: Airborne and Special Operations Museum (North Carolina)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, Skill Builder

Tour this museum to learn about the history of America’s airborne troops in this virtual field trip.


SOS Strategy

Spotlight on Strategies: Instagram-in
(Canadian Version)
All Services
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Instructional Strategy

This teaching strategy leverages a popular social media tool that focuses on imagery and prompts summarization and generalization through short comments and hashtags. Using this strategy, students think critically about what images best represent their understanding and then create accompanying statements to communicate their understanding. For International Museum Day, challenge your students to document your classroom or your school as they would for a museum exhibit. What images would best represent it? What statements would help a future visitor understand it?

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