Programs are led by trained educators and are strongly aligned with the most up-to-date SOLs for Social Studies (2015) and Science (2010). At only $4.50 per student, programs provide great value. Students will experience unique, hands-on programming that brings history to life.
Please plan to make reservations for school programs at least two weeks in advance. Call (757) 385-5100 or email VBhistory@vbgov.com for reservations.
We can accommodate roughly three classes (75 people) at a time. We are happy to schedule visits over multiple days for larger school groups. All on-site programming includes a tour of the historic site and two educational stations. Programming lasts 90 minutes. Picnic tables are available to extend your experience and enjoy our grounds and gardens.
In this program, students step back in time and explore life 200 years ago. Your students will compare and contrast life long ago with life today. Tour the Francis Land House, explore history from a child’s perspective, and experiment with the toys and tools of the past. Program incorporates science SOLs about change and motion as well as social studies SOLs about comparing and contrasting viewpoints.
Social Studies SOLs: K.1, K.2, K.3, 1.1, 1.7, 3.1, 3.8, 3.9 Science SOLs: K.10, K.11, 1.2
This onsite program examines life in Virginia during the Federal period of 1780-1830. Tour the Francis Land House, examine life in Early America, and discuss the role of enslaved people on a plantation. This program incorporates science SOLs about natural resources and watersheds while highlighting social studies SOLs on the Articles of Confederation and technological advances in Federal Virginia.
Social Studies SOLs: VS.1, VS.6, USI.7, USI.8 Science SOLs: 4.9, 6.7, LS.11
We can accommodate roughly two classes (45 people) at a time. We are happy to schedule visits over multiple days for larger school groups. Programming lasts approximately 45 minutes. Be sure to ask about our post-visit activities!
Guided Museum Tour (Recommended for grades 5-12)
Explore a museum dedicated to the first high school for African Americans in Virginia Beach during segregation. Today, the legacy of the school continues as this museum shares stories of civic engagement, the importance of education, and expanding opportunities for minorities in the 20th century. Tour incorporates social studies SOLs on Jim Crow Virginia, the New Deal, and the Civil Rights Era.
Social Studies SOLs: VS.7a, VS.8a, VS.8b, USII.3b, USII.4c, USII.6d, USII.8d, USII.9d, VUS.6e, VUS.8d, VUS.10d, VUS.13b, VUS.13c
We can accommodate roughly three classes (75 people) at a time. We are happy to schedule visits over multiple days for larger school groups. All on-site programming includes a visit to the National Historic Landmark Thoroughgood House and the museum exhibit All America Was Virginia with a museum educator. Programming lasts 90 minutes. Picnic tables are available to extend your experience and enjoy our grounds and gardens.
Architect for a Day (Recommend grades K-2)
In this on-site program, students discover how the local environment affected architecture in early Virginia. Students will get their hands on history by constructing buildings and testing the strength of common brick patterns. The program hits on cross-curricular SOLs on how geometric shapes and patterns appear in architectural designs.
Social Studies SOLs: K.2, K.6, K.9, 1.2, 1.8, 1.9, 2.8, 2.10 Math SOLs: K.10, K.13, 1.11, 1.14, 2.12, 2.13, 2.16
Archaeology of a Virginia Plantation (Recommended grades 3-5)
By participating in a mock excavation, students will discover the history of the Thoroughgood site. This program incorporates Social Studies and Science SOLs on the scientific method, natural resources, and the components of soil and their importance to archaeology.
Social Studies SOLs: VS.1, VS.2, VS.3, VS.4, VS.5, VS.9 Science SOLs: 3.1, 3.7, 4.1, 4.5, 4.9, 5.1, 5.7
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