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Core Experiential Learning Program
Museum-specific (WNMU Museum or Silver City Museum) on-site Core Experiential Learning Program (CELP) are available for your PK-5th grade class. Each museum website provides a description of the on-site CELP options available at that institution and downloadable PDFs of the associated CELP-specific Teacher Resources:
    Western New Mexico University Museum - www.wnmumuseum.org/education
    The Silver City Museum - below.
CELPsTeacher Resources
  • I'm Not Taking a Bath!
  • What's a Victorian?
  • Why Are The Sidewalks So High?
  • Teacher Resource Guides
  • Pre- & post-visit grade appropriate activities
Transport to the Past! Museum Adventures in Archaeology and History
The project is designed to have a meaningful and positive impact on child early learning in Grant County by providing content-rich, hands-on learning unique to museums that promotes strong executive function and social skills development essential for success.

Project Information: Transport to the Past: Museum Adventures in Archaeology and History provides PreK-5th grade teachers in the Grant County School Districts with new resources and extracurricular content-rich, hands-on, object-based discovery learning opportunities created specifically by Western New Mexico University Museum and the Silver City Museum to enhance PreK-5th grade classroom-based lesson plans, and funding to offset school-to-museum round trip transportation costs.

Western New Mexico University Museum (WNMUM) and its partner the Silver City Museum (SCM) are at the forefront of early learning, offering safe, stimulating spaces for play, making discoveries, inspiring lifelong learning, and connections to the wider world. The type of learning that takes place in museums-self-directed, experiential, content-rich-promotes executive function skills (memory focus, self-regulation, mental flexibility, communication) needed for success in school and life.

WNMU Museum and the Silver City Museum have each developed PreK-5th grade museum-specific Core Experiential Learning Programs (CELPs) based on their core collection and exhibition strengths in archaeology and history, respectively, that are content-rich, hands-on learning experiences with authentic and significant artifacts and art. Each CELP has two components: an on-site field trip to the specific Museum and in-class materials for teachers.

Each museum-specific CELP offered contains Teacher Resources that include a Teacher Resource Guide and pre- and post-visit grade-level specific activities designed to support Common Core standards and emphasize inquiry, observation, critical thinking, and interpretation by integrating math, science, social sciences, and language arts.

The creation of local Grant County museum-specific programs using local Grant County artifacts and art exposes students to Southwest New Mexico's rich and diverse cultural, environmental, and historical heritages. Through participation in CELPs that encourage self-directed learning, creative and critical thinking, and communication via what seems to be nothing more than just plain fun and activity-based play on a field trip or interesting pre- and post-visit activties, Grant County PreK-5th grade students will acquire strong executive function and social skills critical to their future success as well as Grant County's and New Mexico's economic and civic future.

Anticipated Outcomes and Impact include: (A) the creation of local Grant County museum-specific Core Experiential Learning Programs designed for PreK-5 grades that are based on the museum's core collection and exhibition strengths; (B) removal of the school-to-museum transportation barrier ensuring each PreK-5th grade student in the Silver and Cobre School Districts access to the incredible learning resources of both museums and to participate in at least one Core Experiential Learning Program (CELP) on-site at each museum (WNMU Museum and Silver City Museum); (C) student development of strong executive function and social skills essential for success and the creation of a highly skilled workforce; (D) encouraging an interest in lifelong learning in students; and (F) developing an appreciation for the region's rich and diverse cultural and historical heritages in students.

Project Partners: Western New Mexico University Museum, Silver City Museum and PreK-5 principals and teachers in the Silver and Cobre School Districts' Elementary Schools (Silver School District Elementary Schools: Cliff PK-5, Jose Barrios, 6th Street, Harrison Schmitt, G.W. Stout, HeadStart Program; Cobre School District Elementary Schools: Bayard, Central, Hurley, San Lorenzo) and Western New Mexico University Child Development Center PreK.

Project Funding provided by: Freeport McMoran Foundation, Western New Mexico University, Western New Mexico University Museum, Town of Silver City, and Silver City Museum.

Project Materials Contributed by: David Leyba, WNMU IT employee, handcrafted projectile point reproductions for use in the on-site WNMU Museum Archaeologist for a Day CELP.


Silver City Museum Experiential Learning Programs and Teacher Resources
I'm Not Taking a Bath!
This Core Experiential Learning Program can be tailored to each grade level and will answer the question;
What chores did territorial New Mexican children do? Students will:
  • Increase their understanding about the daily tasks and chores accomplished by early 20th century New Mexico children living on a homestead who lacked electricity and indoor plumbing in their homes.
  • Compare and contrast children of the early 1900's with children of today.
  • Become aware of the daily work expectations of early 1900's New Mexico children living on a homestead.
  • Understand how the family unit needed to cooperate and work together for their survival.
  • Work cooperatively in pairs and groups to complete instructional tasks.
Planning and Time: Please read Teachers' Resource Guide and Museum Etiquette Rules prior to your visit and have your class complete the grade level previsit activity. Time needed for the tour is 1 hour.

I'm Not Taking a Bath!:
Teacher Resource Guide and Grade-level Pre- and Post-Visit Activities:



What is a Victorian?
This Core Experiential Learning Program can be tailored to each grade level and will answer the question;
What is a Victorian? Students will:
  • Increase their understanding about the daily life of children and families living in the 1880's in a Victorian home.
  • Compare and contrast their homes with the Ailman house.
  • Learn how to play parlor games of the Victorian time period.
  • Learn about the Ailman family.
  • Learn about the Victorian period.
Planning and Time: Please read Teachers' Resource Guide and Museum Etiquette Rules prior to your visit and have your class complete the grade level previsit activity. Time needed for the tour is 1 hour.

What is a Victorian?:
Teacher Resource Guide and Grade-level Pre- and Post-Visit Activities:



Why Are The Sidewalks So High?
This Core Experiential Learning Program can be tailored to each grade level and will answer the question;
Why are the sidewalks so high? Students will:
  • Increase their understanding of the "Big Ditch" and the causes of its formation.
  • Analyze accounts of the flood from newspaper articles and first person descriptions.
  • Compare and contrast downtown Silver City from the late 1800's and early 1900's and present day.
Planning and Time: Please read Teachers' Resource Guide and Museum Etiquette Rules prior to your visit and have your class complete the grade level previsit activity. Time needed for the tour is 1 hour.

Why Are The Sidewalks So High?
Teacher Resource Guide and Grade-level Pre- and Post-Visit Activities: