To better take advantage of your students’ time with us, Carbon County Museum offers these pre- and post-visit activities to aide in your preparation and follow-up to our facility.
Before Your Visit
Like any lesson or activity, students who are prepared for their visit with Carbon County Museum will be better able to participate and learn in the museum environment. These activities and suggestions are intended to help your students have the best visit possible.
Being familiar with museum etiquette will help prevent any problems.
What exactly is a museum?
What is a museum? What does it do? How does it work? Who works there? These questions can help open a discussion on the roles Carbon County Museum plays in the community. By understanding what we do, and how we do it, students will be better prepared for what they will see on their visit.
Well, what do you know?
KWL Charts are great ways for students to track their learning. Before your visit, have students complete the first two columns of the KWL Chart. After their visit, have them complete the worksheet and discuss how what they learned related to what they already knew and what they wanted to learn. This activity can either be done individually using the downloadable worksheet, or as a class using one, large KWL Chart.
After Your Visit
After a visit to the museum, follow-up activities are vital. These activities and suggestions are intended to help students reflect on what they saw, what they learned, and how it relates both to their school lessons and to their community.
Complete the KWL Chart
If students began a KWL Chart before their visit, either individually or as a class, have them complete the chart and discuss how what they learned related to what they already know and what they wanted to learn.
Students choose a historic character they learned about during their visit to the museum. Using what they learned at the museum, and additional research if necessary, students think metaphorically about their character, their interests, and actions. Students then create a collage of their character for display. See download for full instructions and character form.
Students choose a historic character they learned about during their visit to the museum. Using what they learned at the museum, and additional research if necessary, students create a mock Facebook page detailing the character’s interests, occupation, and location. See download for full instructions and Facebook form.
Carbon County in the 21st Century
Students work in groups to develop ideas for a new exhibit on Carbon County in the 21st Century. Ideas should include objects, stories, events, and possibly a general layout. See download for more information and suggestions.