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Our school programs are offered September 2, 2014 through May 29, 2015.

PLANNING YOUR VISIT:

  • School groups must schedule their visit to the museum at least 2 weeks in advance using our Tour Request Form
  • You may plan your visit for Tuesdays through Fridays (please read the two options below to see which day will work best for your group)
  • Groups are scheduled for 2 hour visits – 10:00am to Noon
  • Grades K-12 are welcome (please note that this program was designed with a focus on history standards for 3rd and 4th graders, but we will work to adapt content when possible)
  • We can only allow up to 60 students per visit
    • If your group is larger than 60 please consider visiting on two separate days or finding an alternative activity for half of your group
  • Teachers are encouraged to visit the museum in advance to prepare for your field trip
  • Visitation is FREE

WHAT WE PROVIDE:

  • All pre-scheduled groups will receive a welcome and introduction upon arrival.
  • The museum has five interactive Hands On History Carts facilitated by trained volunteers. Cart availability depends on the day of your visit and volunteer availability.
    • The carts address the Colorado Academic Standards for history focusing on analysis of primary and secondary sources, understanding cause-and-effect relationships in the interactions among people and cultures, and comparing history to life today. Carts are facilitated by trained volunteers.

WHAT WE DO NOT PROVIDE:

  • We do not have indoor facilities for students to eat lunch, but in the warmer months groups are welcome to eat in the Alamo Square Park surrounding the building.
  • We do not have a set space to collect backpacks, lunches, coats, etc. Please leave as many of these items on the bus as possible.
  • Schools must provide their own pencils and writing or clip boards if they choose to do a written activity. Please no ink pens.

We will provide 1 to 5 Hands On History Carts for all visiting school groups. You decide which option below will work best for your group:

OPTION 1 – Offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for groups of 45-60, Offered Tuesdays through Fridays for groups of 20-45 – Grades 2nd through 5th

During your two hour visit students will be welcomed as a group, and then rotate between cart stations. Each station is 10 minutes with three minutes between stations for transition. Depending on the number of stations available that day your group will have 30-45 minutes at the end of the program to explore on their own.

OPTION 2 – Offered Tuesdays through Fridays

Your group will receive a welcome and then you will proceed with a visit that you have designed. The carts will supplement your plans, and volunteers will still be available to answer questions and share objects and stories. With option 2, we ask that teachers visit the museum in advance and create a plan for their field trip. It is helpful to know which exhibits you’d like your students to explore and even to design questions for you chaperones to share with students. You are also welcome to print and utilize our self-guided worksheets (below).

Supplemental Materials For Your Visit

The museum offers four self-guided activity sheets for your visit. These activities can be a fun addition to your visit but also can distract from what your students will learn from our interactive carts and exhibits. If you do choose to use the activity sheets please note the following:

  1. Print the activity sheets in advance of your visit.
  2. Have your students work in pairs, or only print one per chaperone/group.
  3. We require that you supply your own writing boards/clip boards and pencils for each activity sheet. Please no ink pens.
  • Chaperone Guide & Map - Please share this guide with your chaperones in advance of your visit.
  • Museum Picture Hunt - Ages 6-12, challenges visitor to explore and find 10 items throughout the museum and answer a question about those objects.
  • Outdoor Picture Hunt - Ages 6-12, a great option for larger groups (over 75) that need an outdoor activity for half the group while the other explores indoors.
  • History Explorers - Grades 3-6, a fun and informative standards-based activity featuring primary source analysis, artifact descriptions, timelines, true and false questions, and short answer questions.
  • Museum Interactive Guide - High School & other adult visitors, an inquiry based activity with 8 questions about exhibits throughout the museum.

PREPARING FOR YOUR VISIT:

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A volunteer cart guide sharing artifacts from our Cultural Crossroads exhibit.

  • After you have scheduled your visit you will receive an email confirmation with details on how to prepare. Depending on which option you chose and cart availability we will ask you to split your students into a certain number of groups.
  • We require one adult chaperone for every 10 students and ask that you share your expectations with them prior to the visit.
  • Please leave water bottles and backpacks on your bus. Let us know if you need a backpack to carry medical supplies.
  • Upon your arrival a volunteer or staff member will greet you and take you to a location where we will welcome your group, share the rules, and answer any questions about your visit.
  • Please review our Guidelines for School Groups for information on our chaperone policy, parking for buses, and more.

CART THEMES:

    1. Artistic Angles – Pikes Peak regional history of photography
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      Students at the Artistic Angles cart.

      • Analyze historic photographs and objects to learn how Colorado Springs changed over time and “grew up” with photographic technology.
    2. Benefactors - Spencer Penrose
      • What is a benefactor and how do they influence the development of a community? In The Midas Touch exhibit explore stories of mining, the Broadmoor, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and more!
    3. Builders – El Paso County Courthouse history
      • Step back in time into our historic 1903 Division 1 Courtroom! Look for clues to understand the past of this important building in local history. How have things changed or stayed the same since 1903?
    4. Cultural Crossroads  – American Indian history and culture
      • Seed beads, quill work, buffalo hide, elk eye teeth, and more! Examine historic objects from our American Indian collection. Learn how trade and interactions between different tribes and nations influenced change over time in the Pikes Peak region.
    5. Trailblazers – The Gammon Family (homesteaders)
      • Imagine the long journey west to start a new life. What would you bring? Food, cooking pans, special trinkets from your family? Get a hands-on experience with many of the objects that shaped the lives of early homesteaders in the Pikes Peak region.

Colorado P-12 Academic Standards for History:

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Please complete our Tour Evaluation Form after your tour so that we may better serve you!

Calling all 3rd & 4th grade teachers!

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum wants to partner with YOU – local 3rd and 4th grade teachers – to build better resources for academic success in social studies for your students! We want to know what YOU need as you tackle a new and rigorous social studies curriculum, take on the CMAS test, and integrate new history standards into your classroom.

During the 2014-2015 school year the museum will host a variety of meetings and events geared towards learning how to best serve the local academic community. If you are interested in partnering to develop and test new innovative programs please contact the Museum Program Coordinator, Meg Poole at mpoole@springsgov.com or 719-385-5631.

Questions?

Contact the Museum Program Coordinator, Meg Poole at 719-385-5631 or email at mpoole@springsgov.com to discuss educational programs at the Museum.