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. Activities still being organized will include a hands-on mining sluice, a reenactor and a nature demonstration.
||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 contact with a real-life victory garden, a henhouse, and vintage tractors. 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.
||Square dancing is an important recreational activity in early western towns, exemplifying community togetherness regardless of country of origin. This program will touch on the history of American folk dancing, concluding with a participatory lesson.
|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.
||Using math and social studies skills, students will learn the history, architecture and nationwide impact of diners, variety stores and beauty salons. Scavenger hunts, hands-on hairstyling tools and mid-century diner lingo create a fun environment inside these historic buildings.
||Get up close and personal with real artifacts while exploring Colorado's culture and history. See the change in fashion through the years, calculate the changing cost of a car, discover how world events affected communities and learn about pop culture trends such as rock ‘n’ roll and lava lamps.
||Students will view 1920s inventions and technology changes to learn how national changes affected a Jewish dairy farmer in Colorado. Students will also have the opportunity to understand how hard life was during the Great Depression for many families in the United States through furnishings, entertainment and a hands-on kitchen.
||Directed by a tour guide using a variation of an I-spy game, students will get an overall view of our site as well as some perspective on historic agriculture.