Now and Long Ago: A Introduction to Change Over Time

by  Strawbery Banke Museum

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It can be hard to explain the concept of time let alone different periods in history to young children. Designed to help younger students build an understanding of the past, this program focuses on comparing and contrasting how people lived in the past to how we live today.  Using an interactive timeline, students begin to understand the concept of different generations.  Participants then play a series of guessing games, which introduce students to the ways in which tools, dress and daily life changed over 200 years.

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Point to Point: $100.00
Point to Point Premium: $85.00

Strawbery Banke is offering flexible pricing that offers a pay what you can model for the 2020-2021 school year. When registering schools can tell the museum what they can pay (from $0 - $100 per program) and that request will be honored, with no questions asked.


Flexible, 30 - 45 minutes

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Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, Adult Learners

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Social Studies/History

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Strawbery Banke Museum

Portsmouth, NH
United States

Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 400+ years of American history to life. Strawbery Banke Museum tells the story of the neighborhood called Puddle Dock, surrounding the tidal inlet. This neighborhood grew from seasonal hunting and fishing grounds of Indigenous Abenaki people to a wilderness outpost in the late 1600s and through cycles of maritime prosperity to become a multi-cultural "neighborhood of newcomers."  The museum is known for its first-person historical roleplayers, period gardens and landscapes, making history relevant to the present day and using the lives of ordinary Americans to tell extraordinary stories.

Rebecca Coppola

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1. This program begins with a welcome and an introduction to historical timelines using photographs of children through time to connect different generations to technological change.
We then use a series of pictures to answer questions about how things changed in the past by putting the pictures in order of what probably came first, second, third, etc. The museum teacher will survey the students in different ways for each question to allow them to share their thoughts but keep them moving and engaged.
2. How have people heated their homes through time?
3. What have people used to see in the dark over time?
4. How did people cook food through time?
5. How has transportation changed over time?
6. Where have people learned the news over time?
7. We then use the pictures that were used on the timeline to summarize each generation and the collection of tools, clothes, etc. from that time and to see how much the students remember.
8. Optional: If teachers choose, they can provide the students with yarn/string and large buttons to make a buzz saw as the group discusses how materials (wood, metal, plastic) for toys have changed over time. The museum teacher will guide them through the process or this can be used as a post-visit activity.
9. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


Students will:
-develop a concept of history and that things have not always been the same as they are today.
-compare and contrast how technology and daily life changed from 1800 to today.
-practice answering questions, listening to others and generating their own questions.
-associate different images of people with the technology that was available at that time.