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.
-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.