The Charleston Museum
Visual Art, STEM/Engineering, Social Studies
The Charleston Museum has been offering outreach programming to local students for over 100 years. With our large and varied collections we can offer exciting experiences for all ages covering a wide range of topics. From mummies to mammals to people that made history we work with you to develop programs that bring to life the classroom curriculum.
• Understand the role of Charleston and South Carolina during the American Revolution. Hear tales of the Battle of Fort Sullivan, the Siege of Charleston, and the legendary Swamp Fox. Then choose from one of two possible activities:
o Taxation Without Representation - Enjoy a role playing activity where students dress the part of King, Parliament, Tax Collector, and Colonists to understand taxation.
o Yankee Doodle - Most people know the tune of Yankee Doodle, but few know of its origins and uses by both the British and Patriot forces to taunt or tease the other side. Learn the history of this song and create your own rhymes to add to it.
• Contributions by African Americans have made a significant impact on the Lowcountry. Students will use artifacts, documents, and replicas to understand the African American experience from their lives in Western Africa, to the plantations of South Carolina, to life after the Civil War. Then choose from one of three possible activities –
o The Rhythm of Rice – Many steps of rice production were done to a rhythm. Learn the steps of rice production using art work, a fanner basket, and a mortar and pestle. Handle African instruments and learn the history of work songs and call and response.
o Make Your Mark - Objects tell stories, learn stories of the life of the enslaved by studying items they made from the Museum’s collection. Read the jars created by Dave the enslaved potter, feel the fingerprints left by enslaved brick masons, and create a piece of pottery as a way to leave your mark.
o Document Detectives – In South Carolina it was against the law for the enslaved to read and write. Most written documentation of the lives of slaves was not written by the enslaved, but by the enslavers. Analyze documents of slave sales, runaway slave ads, and more to uncover information about their lives.
Day at the Dill
Immerse yourself into history, science, and the arts by creating your own combination of programs at the Dill Sanctuary. Choose either Marsh Walk or Hidden History and add two or three activity stations. Each station takes 20 – 30 minutes.
Science and Art Stations
• Pluff Mud Painting – What’s that smell? Pluff Mud is nature’s soup that feeds creatures of the salt marsh. Learn about its importance to life in the salt marsh as you create a painting using it.
• Nature Art – Nature plays a vital role in our creative expression. Students will collect items from their nature walk and work in groups to create a sculpture based on the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy.
• Creature Creations – All animals have creature features or adaptations that help them survive in their habitat. Students will create a new creature, one that does NOT already exist, that can survive in their assigned habitat. Each group will use magnetic creature feature drawings to assemble their new creation and explain its adaptations.
• Gyotaku – Students will create a colorful fish print and learn basic fish anatomy using a hundred year old Japanese art form.
• Web of Life – Students will represent plants and animals living in a shared habitat. Using string the students will make connections to each other to visually simulate the web of life.
• Eat Like a Bird – Can a pelican slurp up nectar? No – all bird beaks are designed for a specific type of food. Students will investigate bird beaks and their diet by using every day tools and trying to atch their food.
• Walk like a Coyote – Hiding, seeking, sneaking, stalking – learn to walk like different animals and learn how animals acquire their food.
Social Studies Stations
• What is It? – Artifacts help tell us about people that lived here before us. Analyze various artifacts to try to piece together the past.