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Moveable Museum Outreach

Can't make it to the Museum? Let us bring our “Moveable Museum” programs to you.

These in-classroom learning experiences are excellent on their own or as a pre- or post-visit activity to enhance the lessons of your field trip. 

Museum educators bring touchable, usable objects to your classroom in connection with standards-relevant themed programs specially designed to fit with your curriculum. Programs are designed for small class-sized groups and last 45-60 minutes.

These programs adapt easily from the classroom for use by Scout groups, community organizations, adult living facilities, and libraries. Programs are offered year round unless listed. For more information about a Moveable Museum program or to book one for your organization, please contact Jennifer Haines at (585) 294-8216. Funding may be available to cover the cost of bringing a Moveable program to your school.  

The Animal Kingdom

Preschool-Grade 3: offered September-June

A Museum naturalist visits your classroom and brings a group of small animal friends for your students to meet. This program focuses on animal diversity and biological adaptations.

NY State Standards: MST 1, 4, 6
ELA Common Core Standards: SL 1, 2, 3, 6

19th-Century Games

Preschool-Grade 12 and adult groups

Who doesn’t love playing with the simple toys of the past? Students are encouraged to try jackstraws, cup-and-ball, the whimmy-diddle, buzz saw, and much more. Those who like a challenge can try to identify the strategies involved in each game and the physics principles that underlie each toy. The program also provides topics for discussion about resource use, the purpose of play, and comparisons between past and present life.

NY State Standards: HPEFCS 1, SS 1
ELA Common Core Standards: SL 1, 2, 3, 6

The Ox-Cart Man

Preschool-Grade 3

The story of a 19th-century family comes alive as our Museum educator brings a cart full of objects for students to see and touch. Based on The Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall.

NYS Standards: CDOS 1; SS 1, 4
ELA Common Core Standards: RL 1, 3; SL 1, 2, 3, 6

Quilt Story

Preschool-Grade 3

Our Museum educator uses quilts to bring to life the touching story of a 19th-century girl and her quilt. Based on The Quilt Story written by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Tomie dePaola.

NY State Standards: A 1,2,4; SS 1,3,4
ELA Common Core Standards: RL 1, 3; SL 1, 2, 3, 6

Sap, Syrup, & Sugar

Preschool-Grade 12 and adults

Students will explore the sweet history and science behind maple sugar and syrup production from early America to present-day commercial production. They will learn how to identify a maple tree and try their hand at "tapping" a tree. Students discover how sap is turned into sugar and syrup and taste the finished product.

NY State Standards: MST 1, 4, 6; SS 1
ELA Common Core: SL 1, 2, 3, 6

Small Folks

Preschool-Grade 3

Students discover what pioneer life was like for the settlers of Western New York. Using 19th-century objects and clothing, they explore what a typical day was like for children in the early 1800s.

NY State Standards: SS 1
ELA Common Core Standards: SL 1, 2, 3, 6

19th-Century Dance

Grades 3-12 and adult groups

In the 19th century, dancing was a great form of physical exercise as well as a good opportunity for social interaction. Your students will learn some dance steps and then try them out to 19th-century music.

NY State Standards: A 1, 2, 4; HPEFCS 1; SS 1
ELA Common Core Standards: SL 1, 2, 3, 6

The Tinsmith

Grades 3-12 and adult groups; for an additional fee, a tin ornament can be made by each participant

In this inquiry-based program, our Genesee Country tinsmith brings some of his shiny wares as well as the tools he uses to make them so your students can see both process and result. Students are challenged to figure out how this technology was employed to solve specific problems and meet particular needs. The tinsmith also shares insights into his role in early American economies and compares it to that of his 21st-century counterpart – the hardware store.

NY State Standards: CDOS 1, 2, 3b; MST 1, 3, 4, 5, 6; SS 1, 4
ELA Common Core Standards: SL 1, 2, 3, 6

The Little Red Schoolhouse

Grades 4-8 and adult groups

Let us turn your classroom into a 19th-century one room schoolhouse. Our Museum educator reminds students of the rules of discipline while guiding them through their lessons. They are asked to engage in cooperative learning, practice their penmanship, use a slate, and read stories from a McGuffey reader.

NY State Standards: CDOS 1, 2; MST 3, 5, 6; SS 1
ELA Common Core Standards: SL 1, 2, 3, 6

History of Chocolate

Grades 4-12 and adult groups

Chocolate has been a part of our culture for centuries. Far from today’s candy bars, in the 18th and 19th centuries, chocolate was a beverage. Taste the rich dark chocolate of the past, and learn about its history during this Moveable presentation.

Check out Global Stories where Chocolate Sparked Discovery, Innovation, and Imagination! Educator's Guide

NY State Standards: HPEFCS 1,2,3; SS 1,2
ELA Common Core Standards: SL 1, 2, 3, 6

The General Store

Grades 4-12 and adult groups

Armed with 19th-century wares and dry goods for your inspection, our storekeeper introduces your students to this uniquely American institution that gave flavor and personality to 19th-century villages. Your students learn about the general storekeeper’s multifaceted role in the community and how the store contributed to an area’s settlement. The program is an engaging way to learn about worldwide trade, household and business economics, pricing systems, profit margins, and customer service.

NY State Standards: CDOS 1, 2; MST 1, 3, 5, 6; SS 1, 3, 4
ELA Common Core Standards: SL 1, 2, 3, 6

Objects from History

Grades 4-12 and adult groups

Our Museum educator brings unusual and everyday objects from the 19th century to your classroom. Students have the opportunity to examine the objects and discover on their own how people devised technological solutions to meet their specific needs. This program provides ample opportunities to compare the tools and constructs of the past with those of today and is an excellent starting point for further research.

NY State Standards: HPEFCS 2, 3; MST 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7; SS 1, 3, 4
ELA Common Core Standards: SL 1, 2, 3, 6

Wildlife of the Genesee Country

Grades 4-12 and adult groups, offered September-June

A visit from our Museum naturalist helps your students learn about the animals native to the Genesee Country and how and why wildlife populations changed with the advent of Euro-American settlement. This history-based nature program provides students with plenty of opportunities to examine animal skulls, bones, and skins as well as live specimens.

NY Standards: HPEFCS 2, 3; MST 1, 4, 5, 6, 7; SS 1, 3
ELA Common Core Standards: SL 1, 2, 3, 6

Edgar Allan Poe

Grades 7-12 and adult groups

American author Edgar Allan Poe was a master at creating tales of mystery and the macabre. His well-known short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" will be dramatically performed as part of this program. Following the one-man performance, historic information about Poe will be shared along with a discussion of the common themes that appeared in his work. Excerpts from a selection of Poe's other writings will also be read and examined as part of the program.

NY State Standards: SS 1, 2; A 3
ELA Common Core Standards: CCRA.R.6, RL 9-10.2, RL 9-10.4, RL 9-10.5, SL 1, 2, 3

History in the Kitchen

Grades 7-12 and adult groups

Discover how food, receipts (recipes), cooking techniques, and the kitchen itself changed in the 19th century from a one room log house to the turn of the century "modern kitchen." A Museum cook will bring some of these changes to you with examples of cookware, utensils, and cookbooks to illustrate this most "tasteful" approach to learning about the past.

NY State Standards: CDOS 1; HPEFCS 1, 2, 3; MST 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7; SS 1, 3
ELA Standards: SL 1, 2, 3, 6

Language of Flowers

Grades 7-12 and adult groups

Learn about one of the most enchanting customs of the 19th century — communicating through flowers instead of words. From the four-leaf clover to the red rose, each was used to communicate a specific thought or feeling. Find out what different flowers mean and how to communicate covertly using specimens from your backyard.

NY State Standards: LOTE 1, 2; SS 1, 2
ELA Common Core Standards: SL 1, 2, 3, 6

Victorian Yuletide

Grades 4-12 and adult groups

Festive seasonal decorating flourished in Victorian America, and preparations began months in advance. Using historical documentation reflecting the cultural origins of various Victorian holiday traditions, a Museum educator facilitates your students’ recreation of the spirit and charm of 19th-century Yuletide celebrations.

NY State Standards: SS 1, 2
ELA Common Core Standards: SL 1, 2, 3, 6