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History on the Go

Virtual Teach-in Workshops

History Center staff will join your class for a live virtual lesson and accompanying activities. Over the period of a week, our Teach-In bin will rotate among the classes in your grade level, and we’ll facilitate a scheduled live virtual lesson for each classroom. Program highlights include the integration of hands-on STEM challenges and the use of museum replicas, games, and art as mediums for teaching history. 

The Teach-In program serves one whole grade level with Florida State Standards. It includes:
• Box of activities, games, and replicas
• Live virtual lesson taught by History Center staff
• Pre-recorded, 30-minute guided tour of the History Center’s permanent exhibitions that can be incorporated into your social studies lesson before or after your Teach-In
• Easy-to-clean objects with instructions and materials for disinfecting between use in each classroom 

Three program themes are available:

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Florida’s Indigenous People

(Recommended for grades 2 – 4)
Learn about the culture and traditions of the Timucua and the Seminoles, as well as the impact of European colonization on Florida’s native peoples.

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Fighting for Florida

(Recommended for grades 4 and 5)
Learn about the European explorers’ motives for gaining control of Florida and the hardships the pioneers later faced as they fought to survive on the Florida frontier.

NEW! Florida’s Fight for Freedom

(Recommended for grades 4 and up)
Black leaders in Florida who played an important role in paving the road towards equality, as well as the history of Black communities in Florida from Fort Mose to Eatonville

Boxes are available for drop-off at all Orange County schools and at additional districts within a 25-mile radius of the History Center. An onsite option with History Center staff at your school is also available upon request.

Cost for Teach-Ins is $350 per grade level.

Museum in a Box

Museum in a Box is an object-based, multimedia learning experience that brings the History Center into your classroom! This self-contained program is easily facilitated by teachers. Inside the box, you’ll find an audio player, along with artifacts and replicas. When you place the objects on the top of the box, an audio response will play. Over the period of a week, you can incorporate the box into your social studies curriculum and share it among your grade level.

Museum in a Box includes:
• Audio box with replicas and real artifacts
• Supplemental activities and a standard-based lesson plan
• Easy-to-clean objects with instructions and materials for disinfecting between use in each classroom
• Pre-recorded, 30-minute guided tour of the History Center’s permanent exhibitions that can be incorporated into your social studies lesson before or after the Museum in a Box experience

Available themes:

Florida’s First People

(Recommended for grades 2 and up)
This experience provides an overview of Florida’s indigenous cultures, including the Timucua, Seminoles, and Windover Bog, an ancient burial site.

Ocoee Election Day Massacre of 1920

(Recommended for grades 6-12), available spring 2021
This program will reflect on a century of social transformation, the importance of voting rights, and how to navigate primary sources.

The cost for Museum in a Box is $50 per week, plus shipping and handling. Boxes can be picked up and dropped off at the History Center to avoid shipping costs. For schools outside the seven-county Central Florida region, an additional week of rental is required to cover the time the box is in transit.

Grant funding is available for eligible Orange, Osceola, and Seminole County public schools on a first-come, first-serve basis. Click here for an application.

To register for a Teach-In or Museum in a Box program, please visit thehistorycenter.org/education/history-in-the-classroom, call the Education Department at 407-836-8580, or email Shannon Elliston at Shannon.Elliston@ocfl.net.

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