Educational Curriculum Packets

The Museum has a number of educational curriculum packets geared towards K-12 teachers and their students.  Packets contain thoroughly researched reading material and lesson plans based on subjects of staff expertise.  Below is our list of current packets and links to their electronic copies.  

We are working on updating the education standards for each packet.

Sankofa:  African Americans in Rhode Island

Sankofa: African Americans in Rhode Island enables teachers to broaden their tools for teaching about African American history and culture in Rhode Island.  This project is funded, in part, by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.   Activities are recommended for grades six through eight. Click on the link above for the free online version that can also be downloaded and printed.  Professional full-color printed copies can be purchased through Lulu.com. This packet complements the Sankofa: African Americans in Rhode Island CaraVan program.  Updated curriculum standards for this packet can be found here.

Slavery in Our World Today

Slavery in Our World Today enables teachers to discuss modern slavery with their students.  This lesson plan is recommended for grades six through eight.  This lesson plan was developed alongside the Sankofa: African Americans in Rhode Island project and was funded, in part, by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.   Updated curriculum standards for this lesson can be found here.

Dig It!: Discovering Archaeology

Dig It!: Archaeology enables teachers to broaden their tools for teaching about archaeology.  In this curriculum packet, students will be introduced to archaeological methods with activities that cover math, science, and writing skills.  Reading content and activities are recommended for grades four through eight. Professional, full-color printed copies can be purchased through lulu.com.  This curriculum packet complements the Dig It!: Discovering Archaeology CaraVan program.  Updated curriculum standards for this packet can be found here.

Archaeological Ethics and Laws (NEW!)

Have you ever wondered if archaeologists get to keep their finds? Do your students ask about excavating human bones? The Archaeological Ethics and Laws packet begins by explaining the roles of ethics and laws archaeologists must abide by and answers common questions non- archaeologists often have such as where archaeologists are allowed to dig and why can’t anyone dig wherever they want. Professional, full-color copies can be purchased through lulu.com

Culture Connect: Experience the Cultures of the World

Culture Connect: Experience the Cultures of the World enables teachers to broaden their tools for teaching about multiculturalism.  In this curriculum packet, students will be introduced to the concept of culture and will learn about the Maya, Hmong, and Kiowa and Comanche cultures.  Students will explore their own and their neighbors' cultures.  Reading content recommended for all readers.  Activities are recommended for grades one through eight. Professional, full-color copies can be purchased through lulu.com.  This packet complements the Culture Connect: Experience the Cultures of the World CaraVan program.  Updated curriculum standards for this packet can be found here.

Beyond Thanksgiving

Beyond Thanksgiving enables teachers to broaden their tools for about teaching post contact Northeastern Native America with a focus on one Wampanoag girl and her ancestors.  Reading content is recommended for all readers.  Activities are recommended for grades one through four.  This curriculum packet also complements the Native People of Southeastern New England CaraVan program.  Updated curriculum standards can be found here.


Beyond Cowboys and Indians

Beyond Cowboys and Indians enables teachers to broaden their tools for teaching about the Plains Indians with a focus on the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota peoples.  Reading content is recommended for all readers.  Activities are recommended for grades one through four.  This curriculum packet complements the Native People of the Plains CaraVan program. Updated curriculum standards can be found here.