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The West Virginia State Museum at The Culture Center


Sixth 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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Prehistory

1. "What is Geological Time?" for 6th grade.

Only a small percentage of WV history has included humans. By completing the activities students will develop an understanding of the terms and meaning of geologic time. This lesson is intended to show students what is meant by geologic time and how it relates to WV history. (6th grade - Discovery Room 1)

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Industrialization

2. "Child Labor Industrial Picture Analysis" for 6th and 8th grades.

Students are asked to pick three pictures, about child labor in West Virginia for Lewis Hines to show to Congress. Students must write a letter explaining why they picked these pictures. Students also need to analyze two of these photos (they can not be from the same industry) using the National Archives photo analysis worksheet. (6th, 8th grades - Showpath)

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7. "Why Would I Owe My Soul to the Company Store?" for 6th grade.

Students will be introduced to Tennessee Ernie Ford's Song "Sixteen Tons". Students will analyze the chorus of the song and find out its validity through the museum by proving how true the chorus is or why he would say a coal minder owes his soul to the company store. Students will then create a spreadsheet with examples of the miner's income minus his expenses and graph/chart these findings and then summarize in one paragraph why the feeling of debt and "owing" one's soul was so common? (6th grade - Discovery Rooms 10 & 15)

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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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10. "The "Coal Lifecycle" Scrapbook" for 5th and 6th grades.

After studying the coal industry and/ or carbon cycle and a visit to the WV State Museum students are told a lump of coal has come to the classroom with amnesia. He doesn't know who he is, where he came from, or what he is supposed to do. It is their job to help him! To assist him, students will create a scrapbook of "Coal's Lifecycle" to jog his memory. (5th, 6th grades - Discovery Rooms 12,13, 14 & 15)

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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

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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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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