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The West Virginia State Museum at The Culture Center


Seventh 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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Civil War & The 35th State

3. "Morse Code Telegraph and West Virginia" for 5th, 7th and 8th grades.

Two inventions that revolutionized WV and the world were Morse Code and the telegraph. With teacher guidance and through discovery, students will realize how these communication tools help shape popular opinions and beliefs. As students view artifacts in the WV State Museum, they will gain a greater appreciation for these inventions, the time period of their greatest use, and how they were used in helping WV become a state. (5th, 7th, 8th grades - Wheeling Intelligencer's Office)

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4. "Concern in Eastern Virginia" for 5th, 7th and 8th grades.

Students are told an heir to a prominent 1800's legislature comes across a very interesting keepsake. Along with his great-great uncle's obituary, he finds attached a piece of paper headed, "Items to take to western Virginia." Along with a listing of several items, at the bottom of the page in different handwriting he reads, "John's last words." Students will use this information during their visit to the WV State Museum to decide why the uncle was moving to West Virginia, whey he was taking these items, and what this information has to do with WV Statehood. Inevitably, when asked why WV separated from Virginia, most people will target slavery as the cause of the rift. This lesson questions this assertion and allows students to uncover facts that factually substantiate reasons for WV separating from Virginia.(5th, 7th, 8th grades - Discovery Room 7 & 8)

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6. "WV Music One" for 7th and 8th grades.

Popular music is as American as baseball and apple pie. Parents often chide, "If you knew your lessons as well as words to all of the songs on the radio, you would be a genius." Popular music permeates our culture. Students walk into class singing the latest hit. When they do this, most of the time they are met with "knock it off-last get started with class." This lesson gives students a chance to incorporate what they love and sharpen their knowledge and appreciation for WV in the process. (7th, 8th grades - Discovery Rooms 7)

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Industrialization

9. "Where Does Coal Go?" for 6th and 7th grades.

After students have studied the effects of transportation in America and West Virginia, the modes of transportation, and the coal industry they will be told they are thinking about purchasing a small coal mine in West Virginia. Before they do so, they need to see how coal is transported and how far it can be transported. Students will create a map that documents this information from what they have learned. (6th, 7th grades - Discovery Rooms 12,13 & 14)

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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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Change and Tradition

2. "Reporting Live From." for 5th through 8th grades.

West Virginia has had both natural and man-made disasters throughout its history. In the wake of many of these disasters, new safety regulations and precautions have been implemented. The student becomes a reporter covering a West Virginia disaster through research and a visit to the WV State Museum. (5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grades - Discovery Room 21)

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3. "From Here to There" for 7th grade.

The Interstate Highway System supported by President Dwight D. Eisenhower brought a population shift to West Virginia, as well as greater safety on our roads, reduction of travel time, and an increase in our state's economy. Student will describe a journey between two points in West Virginia, as someone in the present and someone in the past, before the Interstate Highway System existed. (7th grade - Discovery Room 23)

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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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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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