Hands-On Activities for Students
The Museum has created hands-on programs based on the Virginia Standards of Learning to help students reinforce what they are learning in the classroom. Below is a list of those programs and descriptions to help you plan your visit to the Museum. Please contact Museum Educator, Whitney Roberts by calling 434-455-4424 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on these programs or to plan your educational trip to the Museum. For more information visit our Field Trip page.
- Students explore the Museum by answering questions related to Central Virginia's rich history.
- Transportation on the James River
- In 1757 the Lynch family started a ferry across the James River at the base of 9th Street, and with it a small community sprang from its banks. Transporting tobacco, flour, corn, and more down the James River and backloading goods such as sugar and gunpowder to Lynchburg created a vital river economy. Students will construct miniature batteau while discussing how the river has been used as a means of transporting people and goods in and out of Central Virginia.
- Eastern Woodland Indian Culture
- Students explore Indian related artifacts found in the Museum and then discuss what animals the Indians would have encountered, the resources used to live, with emphasis being placed on the Powhatans, Monacans, and other Eastern Woodland tribes. Students will be able to touch animal skins, and make beaded jewelry.
Quilt & Textile Programs:
- Create Quadrilateral Tessellation Quilt
- Quilts are not only functional items they are also beautiful works of art created by women individually or in groups. Creating quadrilateral tessellation quilts brings together geometry and art with this STEAM activity. Students are tasked to create his/her quilt using quadrilaterals learned about in geometry (square, rectangle, rhombus, or trapezoid).