Exploring transportation is a perfect way to study the changes America experienced moving from handcrafted products to standardized, manufactured objects. Students discover the “boneshaker” bicycle, wooden carriages, a Model T, and other fascinating early cars made from 1898 to 1940. Student crews build cars in an exciting, hands-on comparison of stationary and moving assembly line efficiency.
Looking for an experience that requires problem-solving skills, cooperation, reading, and math? Try this imaginative outdoor exploration. After making individual rubber stamps, students team up to read maps, solve word puzzle clues and sight along compass lines to find hidden containers, or letterboxes, on the Frick grounds. Held rain or shine—dress for the weather.
Students learn to take a close look at what’s around them, inside and out. What decisions and changes over time affect the look of homes, landscapes and neighborhoods? Using the buildings, setting and primary sources of the Frick, students explore themes of design, technology, adaptive reuse and urbanization.
From deepest taproot to tippy-top leaf, trees are tremendous living things. Five acres of gardens plus a greenhouse are the perfect place to explore trees and other plants. Discover how a greenhouse works, learn to use a simple key to identify trees, and explore tree systems through our fun Extreme Tree stations. Finally, create a beautiful tree of your own to take home.
“Teamwork is critical for letterboxing. It is heartening to see students take turns, problem solve and use each other’s strengths to find the boxes. Upon returning to school, students were very excited and talked about how much they enjoyed the experience.”
Mt. Lebanon School District
Social Studies, grade 4