SCHOOL PROGRAMS


Life as a Child in the 17th Century:

Students are encouraged to imagine themselves living their daily lives in the 1677 Whipple House and 17th century Ipswich. Museum teachers identify four basic needs for living in any era: food, clothing, shelter, and transporta on. Through a tour of the Whipple and Knight houses and four hands-on activities, we explore how children in the 17th century contributed signi cantly to mee ng these needs for their families. We also help stu- dents be er understand their worlds by examining contrasts and comparisons with the 21st century. This program is a great compliment to a classroom lesson on early American history, economics, or engineering.

Cost: $7 per student

Time: 2 hours

A Victorian Childhood in the Heard House

Tour the 1800 Heard House at the Ipswich Museum with your students. Learn about the Heard family, some of the children who lived in the house, and the Ipswich Female Seminary. Just like Alice Leeds Heard, a trained copyist painter, students will paint their own copy of the John Heard portrait. Finally, if time and weather permit, students will get to play historic games outside. This program compliments a classroom lesson on 19th century American history or art.

Cost: $7 per student

Time: 2 hours

Ipswich Art: Where Land Meets Water

Explore a series of paintings by Ipswich artists depicting the salt marsh, the Ipswich River, or other landscapes with bodies of water. Students will learn about the use of color, line, and notan and how each affects a painting. Students will also engage in close-looking activities, drawing from Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS). At the end, students will get their chance to prac ce what they learned by sketching outside, if weather is favorable, or inside if it is not. This program is a great compliment to a classroom lesson on ecology or art.

Cost: $7 per student
Time: 1.5 hours
Take it to you: Skip the cost of a bus and bring this program to your school. Must have visual projec ng equipment.
Cost: $100 per classroom, plus mileage charges when exceeding 20 miles
Time: 1 hour

The North Shore and the China Trade

Students will visit the Ipswich Museum for a hands-on workshop on the 19th century China trade. Through museum collections, students will learn about the Augus ne Heard & Co. and the production of porcelain in China during this me. Participants will also get to practice producing painted “china” together in a group ac vity. This program compliments a classroom lesson on 19th century American history, Chinese history, art, or economics.

Cost: $7 per student
Time: 2 hours
Take it to you: Skip the cost of a bus and bring this program to your school. Must have visual projecting equipment in a space where students can be split into working groups.
Cost: $100 per classroom, plus mileage charges when exceeding 20 miles
Time: 1 hour

Take a Historic House Tour
Schedule a group tour for your class of one or more of our historic houses. Options include the 1800 Heard House or the 1677 Whipple House and a reproduction of the 1657 Knight House.
Cost: $5 per student for the Heard House or Whipple and Knight Houses
Time: 1 hour
Cost: $8 per student for all three houses
Time: 2 hours

Artifacts in the Classroom

If you are studying a topic in class and would like to include historic and/or artistic objects in your lesson, let us know. IM’s curator and educator will work with you to determine what from the Museum’s collection fits your lesson plan and is fit to travel. Then one or both of them will come to your school to present the artifacts to your students.

Accessibility

Due to the nature of historic buildings, some of the rooms in the Museum are only accessible through narrow doorways or upstairs. If this won’t work for your group, please let us know at the time of booking and we will try to move activities to accessible rooms.

Scheduling

To schedule a field trip or classroom visit, email educator@ipswichmuseum.org at least two weeks in advance of the time you would like to schedule. Payment is due at the beginning of the program. IM requires field trip groups to have one chaperone for every ten children; these adults will not be charged for the visit. Additional chaperones will be charged the student rate.

Jump into history with your students at the Ipswich Museum!  We have a variety of programming possibilities that can be customized to your school’s needs.  Topics include: gardening, foodways, art, education, science, the Victorian era, Ipswich in wartime, China trade, shipbuilding . . .  We offer programs and field trips that are specifically designed to support local curriculum requirements and state standards (see below for an example).

“Life as a 6 Year Old in 1677”

In this program, designed for 1st grade classes, students are encouraged to imagine themselves living their daily lives in the 1677 Whipple House and 17th century Ipswich.  Museum teachers identify four basic needs for living in any era: food, clothing, shelter, and transportation. Through a tour of the house and four hands-on activities, we explore how children in the 17th century contributed significantly to meeting these needs for their families. We also help students better understand their worlds by examining contrasts and comparisons with the 21st century.

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