School Education Programs
Short Version: Selected Activities
Long Version: Includes Common Core State Standards and Additional Activities
Bartow-Pell School Programs Connect to the Common Core
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum's school programs connect to Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Educator-led discussions encourage questions and independent thought; thematic programs build content knowledge in social studies, science, and the arts; evidence—documentary and experimental—enhances research skills; and explorations of other perspectives and cultures occur through dialogue and hands-on activities. Our programs have direct CCSS application and link to specific standards as well as to general grade anchor standards.
The goal of Common Core State Standards is to produce students who are college and career ready in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language. Bartow-Pell programs support key CCSS concepts in the following ways:
Students use Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum’s historic house, grounds, and garden to learn about and explore the site’s history and natural surroundings. This New York City Landmark creates a forum where students evaluate the challenges of pre-modern and 19th-century life, and engage in discussions and discourse on topics like immigration, gender roles, transportation, technology, and history.
Build Strong Content Knowledge
BPMM educators bring the site to life, expanding students' knowledge of social studies, science, and the arts through listening, discussion, and hands-on activities. A variety of resources–material culture, textual and non-textual evidence, new vocabulary and more–conveys a range of information across disciplines. BPMM school programs include pre- and post-visit educational materials to reinforce site visits and school curriculum.
Comprehend as Well as Critique
Using tours, primary sources, and hands-on activities, BPMM educators encourage students to pose relevant questions that can be explored among peers and other audiences. The "country" setting of our site offers a unique and unusual environment for many students who are usually confined to modern city environments. Discussions and activities throughout the visit allow students to compare and question assumptions about modern and historical ideas and ideals, providing a foundation for educated, engaged, and open-minded debate.
As a historic house museum and garden, BPMM interprets history using different types of evidence. Educators and students evaluate primary sources–such as artifacts, objects, art, and documents–to support learning across content areas. Children’s Garden programs actively use experimental evidence. A cross-disciplinary approach teaches students to adapt basic persuasive and reasoning techniques to real-life scenarios.
Come to Understand Other Perspectives and Cultures
The Bartow mansion was inhabited when luxuries students take for granted–like electricity, telephones, and supermarkets–were either non-existent or rare. Our museum educators use this and other lifestyle variants highlighted by the property to inspire students to think about cultural and historical perspectives. By leaving a 21st-century classroom and entering a 19th-century estate, a Native American wigwam, or an heirloom kitchen garden, students can vicariously experience worlds they might otherwise never have the opportunity to explore. Discussions about Irish immigrant servants, women in the 19th-century, and the local Native Americans present diverse cultural viewpoints.