Here are some activities that will help you get the most out of your Strawbery Banke visit.
Activity #1: Strawbery Banke Discovery Guide
The Discovery Guide is meant to provide a fun and engaging experience for students while simultaneously helping them focus on specific information about each house and make connections between buildings. The guide is also useful to help parent chaperones open a dialogue with the students about what they are experiencing during their visit. This guide can be printed for each student to fill in during the museum tour. Alternatively, a guide can be printed for each group to read together and students can verbally answer the questions as they go along.
Discovery Guide Copying Instructions: Each Discovery Guide will consist of 5 pages double-sided. Copy each page that is provided (double-sided). Place the 5 pages together in the order they are provided. Fold each booklet in half and staple down the middle. You will end up with a 20 page Discovery Guide booklet.
Activity #2: Virtual House Tour
Complete the Virtual Scavenger Hunt from the Pre-Visit Activities page. Bring it with you on the day of your visit and find out the answers to all your questions!
Teachers: you can download this classroom handout here.
Activity #3: Daily Life Comparison
Answer the questions about your life located on the Pre-Visit Activities page. As you visit the buildings at Strawbery Banke, record how families in different time periods accomplished the same tasks that you do. Fill in the chart to see how technology and daily life have changed over time.
Teachers: you can download this classroom handout and a chart for students to fill in here.
Activity #4: Object Scavenger Hunt
Preview the pictures of objects located on the Pre-Visit Activities page. Try to guess what each object is. During your visit to Strawbery Banke, be on the look out for the same objects and find out what they are and how they are used. Discover whether your guesses about each object were correct.
Activity #5: Playing in the Past
Students can be time travelers and detectives as they explore how kids have entertained themselves for 200 years. Print the Playing in the Past pamphlet before your trip to Strawbery Banke and use it while you visit the eight furnished houses to learn more about children’s lives in each time period.