Activites for Students
Activities are teamed with the Colorado Academic Standards for social studies including but not limited to 1.1, 1.2, 2.2, 3.1 & 4.1.
||An interactive demonstration that shares some of the work involved in raising animals and the role intelligent herding dogs play in farm life.
|Make your own Victory Garden
||During World War I and World War II, the entire United States participated in a type of urban and suburban homesteading called a “victory garden.” Students will explore early 1900s farming through a real-life garden. They will also create and take home their own planted seed.
|Silent Movie Science
||Before there were color televisions, there were silent black-and-white films. After a short lesson about how cameras and eyes work, participants will work together in groups to create a kit house (an early 1900s prefabricated structure). Students will then enjoy a hilarious silent film about life in the 1920s.
|Day in the Country School
||“Boys and girls, take a seat at your desk. Make sure to sit properly and don’t forget to put coal in the stove.” Students will have the opportunity to explore a school day in rural 1920s Lakewood. Using McGuffey Readers, lessons and recitations, participants will experience a day in the museum’s historic schoolhouse.
||Children as young as eight years old worked in the coal mines one hundred years ago. Visualizing the difficult work of coal mining as a job will be balanced by a fun sluice box activity where students prospect for gold and a blacksmithing demonstration to explain how metals could be used in the 1900s.