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The West Virginia State Museum at The Culture Center


Fourth Grade Lesson Plans

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Pathway Programs

1. "A Sense of West Virginia" for grades 4th through 8th.

Students are time travelers on a journey. Their job is to experience all the sights, sounds, and various senses encountered in the time periods of the museum. They will have to report back to their peers about their findings. This lesson will provide historical perspective. Through this lesson, the students will be enabled to relate history to their life today. As teacher leaders of WV, we would expect this lesson to result in historical empathy and an understanding of the time periods. We expect the activity to provide students with a better sense of self (their culture, their history, their environment) in hope that it will provide knowledge and understanding of where they are going. (4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grades)

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2. "Where Will I Go From Here?" for grades 4th through 8th.

Students will follow the WV Museum Showpath, considering how West Virginians in the past have been challenged to make a life here. Using the WV Museum as a gateway, student groups will acquire knowledge of their past to critically evaluate and plan for their future. This will give students the opportunity to explore how West Virginians in the past have survived, and give them the opportunity to imagine and analyze where they, as citizens of WV, can find their place and create their own history. (4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grades)

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Frontier

2. "Women's Roles: Then and Now" for 4th grade.

Students will study the roles that women played on the Appalachian frontier and compare them to women's roles today. Students will see how far women have come in gaining opportunities as well as how life has changed in general during the two hundred years since white settlers came to the western Virginia frontier. This lesson is intended to show students how much women's roles have changed - and how much they haven't. (4th grade - Discovery Room 4)

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Civil War & The 35th State

2. "My Brother, My Enemy" for 4th and 5th grades.

Students will explore West Virginia's role in the Civil War, especially how families were frequently divided by their loyalty to both the North and the South. Using several activities and a trip through the WV Museum, students will create a newsletter and publish a newsletter to demonstrate their learning. Students should understand that West Virginia and its families played an important role in changing the nation. Soldiers and battles were fought in our yards where we walk today. Unfortunately, many of those soldiers were fighting neighbors and their own family members in a bloody battle to save our nation from itself. (4th, 5th grades - Discovery Room 6)

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Industrialization

3. "Coal Mine Industrial Picture Analysis" for 4th and 8th grades.

Students will look at photographs to see that history is not just in the words, but also in the pictures Students are asked to pick three pictures, from the coal mine administration collection, and analyze them using the national archives photograph analysis worksheet. The students must then write a newspaper report about life in a coal town using the pictures as their source of information. (4th, 8th grades - Showpath)

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11. "Is Charleston Your Lucky Charm?" for 4th through 8th grades.

Students will learn the history of the location of West Virginia's state capitol. Students take the role of young citizens living in the city of Charleston in the new state of West Virginia. The decision to choose the capitol city is up for vote, students will research and choose which city they will vote for - Charleston or Wheeling? ((4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grades - Discovery Room 16)

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12. "Off to Work We Go!" for 4th, 6th and 8th grades.

Students will discover how FDR's New Deal impacted West Virginia. Through putting themselves in the role of a young, recently married man, who has been unemployed for 8 months with 2 children and one more on the way, who is desperate to find work to support his family, they will discover how the New Deal impacted everyday people in West Virginia. (4th, 6th, 8th grades - Discovery Room 18)

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Change and Tradition

4. "Art Critic for a Day" for 4th through 8th grades.

Students need to use critical thinking skills in all areas of their life. They need to use these skills to evaluate many aspects of our world. There are particular skills that are necessary to evaluate art works. In this lesson they will learn these skills. Students are given the task to find an art work in the WV State Museum that they believe will excite others and will be displayed in their school library. Students are given criteria in which to evaluate these pieces and it is their goal to find an art work their classmates will enjoy. (4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grades - Discovery Room 24)

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5. "Quilt Squared" for 4th through 6th grades.

Crafts have always been a part of rural culture. Crafts differ from "art" in that they serve a purpose, as well as being beautiful. Quilts also have significance because they were often made from old clothing and the owner could use it as a "remembrance." Using what students learned and explored in the WV State Museum students will use math to design their own class quilt. (4th, 5th, 6th grades - Discovery Rooms 25)

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6. "WV Wants You!" for 4th through 8th grades.

Music is an essential part of our culture and students of all ages listen and enjoy a variety of music styles. West Virginia has a strong tradition of encouraging and fostering many musical styles. Students are told that Def PB Records is looking for a new artist that will capture the essence of West Virginia in music. Their team will write, adapt and compose a song that captures what they experienced while visiting the West Virginia Museum of Culture and History. Students will present their finished song, symphony, cantata or whatever they created at a class assembly. (4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grades - Discovery Room 26)

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