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Virtual and Museum Field Trips

Virtual and Museum Field Trips

Welcome to this page, especially for you! We’re excited to offer student-driven learning combining curiosity and primary sources. We look forward to providing experiences with compelling questions and artifacts via Virtual Field Trips and On-Site visits at the Nebraska History Museum. See below to learn more about the programs, click on the links below to register for these programs. If you need a one-pager for your team, click here to download a list of our programs for the 2022-23 school year.

On-Site Learning: Nebraska History Museum

Available August 2022 – May 2023
Click this LINK to request any of these in-person tours.
Please note these accommodations are available for your students. These options and basic follow-up questions will be found in the tour registration form.
*Students using mobility devices
*Students with hearing impairment
Nebraska Newsroom: What's the Scoop? (60 Min., 10-64 students, 3rd-5th grades)
Curious Curators: What Do They Do? (60 min., 10-75 students, 3rd-5th grades)
Exhibit Explorers: Make Your Way Through History (30-60 min., 10-125 students, 3rd-12th grades)
Was Suffrage a Success? (60 mins., 10-45 students, 9th-12th grades)
Chronologically Nebraska 9th-12th grades: (45 minutes, 10-50 students):

Nebraska Newsroom: What’s the Scoop? (60 Min., 10-64 students, 3rd-5th grades)

Field Trip: Extra, Extra! Read all about this field trip! Students will use historic objects from the Nebraska Unwrapped exhibit to imagine that they are reporters for the “History Now!” newspaper investigating the question, “Is it better to change or stay the same?” Equipped with interview questions, students find their assigned object and see what evidence it contributes to this question. Then it’s time to print the paper as each reporter writes a headline to share the results of their interview.

Cost: Participating students and their adults are free of charge. Donations are always welcome!

Pre-Visit: Give your students more time in the exhibits with this pre-visit preparation! Students get a preview of their field trip using a “Field Trip Story” slide deck and then start imagining the role they’ll play at the museum. Students start by discussing their observations about how reporters collect and share information, and then they give it a try by “interviewing” classroom objects. Flexibly fit this 20 min. pre-visit activity into your day using a one-page lesson plan we’ll attach to your confirmation.

Curious Curators: What Do They Do? (60 min., 10-75 students, 3rd-5th grades)

Field Trip: What happens if you give a curator a cool object? Students will discover what Curators do first-hand in this fun field trip that takes them to up to three different exhibits! Your class will leave with a book of your student’s curator notes on the two objects they loved the most.

Cost: Participating students and their adults are free of charge. Donations are always welcome!

Pre-Visit:Give your students more time in the exhibits with this pre-visit preparation! Students talk about museums, objects, and curators using a “Field Trip Story” slide deck. Then take some curator notes by observing a classroom object and recording the answers to three simple questions. Flexibly fit this 20 min. pre-visit activity into your day using a one-page lesson plan we’ll attach to your confirmation.

Exhibit Explorers: Make Your Way Through History (30-60 min., 10-125 students, 3rd-12th grades)

Field Trip: Students will explore up to three different exhibits with a half-sheet scavenger hunt for each in this self-guided experience. Pencils, worksheet copies, and writing boards will be provided.

Cost: Participating students and their adults are free of charge. Donations are always welcome!

Pre-Visit: Give your students more time in the exhibits with this pre-visit preparation! Students talk about museums, objects, and curators using a “Field Trip Story” slide deck. Then take some curator notes by observing a classroom object and recording the answers to three simple questions. Flexibly fit this 20 min. pre-visit activity into your day using a one-page lesson plan we’ll attach to your confirmation.

Was Suffrage a Success? (60 mins., 10-45 students, 9th-12th grades)

What makes a movement a success? What advances it? What slows one down? Students choose four primary sources from nearly 200 in the Votes for Women: Nebraska’s Suffrage Movement exhibit to see what stories they reveal. They put their findings together to make an “argument” as to whether or not the Nebraska suffrage movement was a success. Then they express it in a banner, just like the suffragists of Nebraska did in the early 1900s. The 1914 banner said, “Wyoming 1869”, to apply positive peer pressure. What will your students’ banners say?

Chronologically Nebraska 9th-12th grades: (45 minutes, 10-50 students):

Test your knowledge of Nebraska History as you explore the Nebraska History Museum! Groups can build their own timeline of Nebraska historical events using our Chronologically Nebraska card game and the information you find in the museum! Play as one big team or small groups to prove your historical expertise or as a fun way to explore the museum!

Virtual Field Trips

Join us online and explore Nebraska’s history. Click this LINK to request any of these tours. We ask that you please request a program at least one week out to allow our team to prepare and provide the best experience possible for your students.

Connecting Virtually
Classrooms only need an internet connection and a computer or laptop with a webcam and microphone to participate in our virtual programs. Our primary video conferencing tool is Google Meet, but we can connect through Zoom and Microsoft Teams by request.

Learning can be done from anywhere! History Nebraska’s virtual programs remove distance as a barrier, enabling students and educators across Nebraska to explore our state’s rich history and diversity from the comfort of their classroom. Programs are aligned to Nebraska academic standards and aim to promote critical thinking, empathy, and curiosity.

Piecing Together the Past in 10 questions or less! (Recommended for 4th-6th grades)
Explore 13,000 years of Nebraska history with this virtual field trip! This lesson centers around answering the most common questions asked of History Nebraska archeologists and asking students critical thinking questions to learn about archeology and Nebraska history. This lesson covers archeological sites, Nebraska’s indigenous populations, bones, and more! This virtual field trip is an overview of the “Piecing Together the Past” exhibit on display now at the Nebraska History Museum. This 30-minute virtual field trip is recommended for 6th-grade learners and is facilitated virtually by History Nebraska educators and History Nebraska archeologists.

Senator George W. Norris: The Life of a Public Servant (Recommended for 3rd-5th grades)
Students learn about the life and triumphs of one of Nebraska’s most important public servants George W. Norris. What does it take to be a public servant? What was life like for Nebraskans of the past? These two 30-minute lessons can be facilitated virtually by a History Nebraska Educator or teachers in their own classrooms and are recommended for 4th-grade learners.

The Oregon Trail: Chance Choice and Chimney Rock! (Recommended for 4th-6th grades)
Walk along the historic path of the Oregon trail as students explore choice, chance, and opportunity at Chimney Rock!

Women: A Century of Change (Recommended for 4th-6th and 9th-12th grades)
Explore history through the breathtaking photography from the National Geographic’s Women: A Century of Change exhibit and History Nebraska’s extensive photography collection! How do photos shape the way we look at the past? How can we use photography to preserve our present?

Bison in America (Recommended for 4th-6th grade)
Explore bison’s past, present, and future, as well as Nebraska’s deep connection and cultural connections to north America’s largest land mammal!

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