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From the Eiteljorg Museum to the Classroom: Stories of Cultural Diversity
 
For those who cannot travel to the museum there is a new alternative. From the Eiteljorg Museum to the Classroom: Stories of Cultural Diversity  will send a storyteller to local third- to fifth-grade classrooms, at no charge. Prepare for the classroom visit and extend the program with activities in the Museum to Classroom curricula materials. The materials were written by the Eiteljorg staff and are aligned with current national and state Common Core and Academic Standards.


NEW November 2012
R.B. Annis Western Family Experience Educator/Family Resource Guide
 
Look here to look to enrich your visit and to continue the hands-on experience long after you leave the museum. In the R. B. Annis Experience area children (plus students and adults) can learn by doing fun activities. This guide presents more information, pictures and stories about the four real families featured. Build a totem pole, play inside a hogan, build a wall for a sod home, try a dulcimer, take a trip in a stagecoach. Educators will appreciate the connections to Academic Standards. Parents and grandparents will find the guide an enjoyable read as they become “Instant experts” before all the action takes place with young visitors.



Railroads of the West Curriculum (Grades 3 to 5)

Written by Erica Christie, Curriculum That Matters, LLC

This curriculum engages students with the history, culture and impact of railroads in the American West from 1850-1900. The unit features four exploratory, hands-on lessons that can be taught in sequence or as stand-alone lessons. Railroads of the West curriculum-related art and artifacts can be experienced by scheduling a museum visit and guided tour.













2013 Jingle Rails Curriculum (Guide for Indiana third-grade classrooms)

Includes the new Aspen, Colorado, ski scene and local N.K. Hurst building

Make the most of your students’ experience at the museum’s popular Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure exhibit, an indoor rail adventure featuring G-gauge trains racing from Indianapolis past the monuments of the American West. Using the curriculum, teach students more about the Old Faithful, the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Rushmore and local landmarks like Lucas Oil Stadium. Linked to Indiana academic standards. Jingle Rails is available for touring early November through the first week in January.


Mihtohseenionki Teachers Resource Guide 

Guide students in understanding the indigenous tribes of Indiana.  This useful guide can support a visit to the Eiteljorg Museum’s Mihtohseenionki Gallery or provide guidance for creating lessons for study in the classroom.
 

Primary Resources Inspire Multicultural Education (PRIME)

Introduce students to a variety of contemporary artists, representing various cultures.  Through audio and video, learn about their work, lives and cultures.

Red/Black: Related Through History Curriculum
The combined history of African Americans and Native Americans is an essential American story.  Help your students explore this largely-ignored subject with the Red/Black: Related through History interdisciplinary curriculum, which focuses on IDOE Academic Standards for 3rd to 5th grade students. More information about black history can be found at blackpast.org.

Arte en la Charreria
Discuss Mexico’s cowboy traditions using Arte en la Charrería resources. This 2011 exhibit was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, in collaboration with Luis González, Marisú González and Gabriel Cabello.

Eiteljorg Gardens
Have you seen our gardens?  Many of the plants have been used by indigenous groups. Beautiful? Yes! But  also useful.  We're into ethnobotany and know that you are, too.  Make the most of a stroll around our grounds. Stop by our admissions desks or the Resource Center to pick up laminated garden cards that teach you about the seasonal plants found there. Or, print your own from our website.

Fun and educational classroom activities

Rock art
Print-making 
Hunting hat
Parfleche (traditional rawhide container) 
Make a flatboat
Make a cardboard loom
Stick dice game

Helpful Links:
National Museum of the American Indian
 
Thanksgiving History from Plimouth Plantation
 
Teaching Tolerance
 
A Native American/American Indian advocacy and education group that reviews children’s literature for stereotypes and misinformation
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