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KSHS Traveling Trunk Development AASLH


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AASLH 2008 Session: School Outreach Programs - Transforming the Field Trip

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KSHS Traveling Trunk Development AASLH

  1. 1. Traveling Resource Trunks School Outreach Programs: Transforming the Field Trip
  2. 2. What is the Kansas Historical Society Traveling Trunk Program? <ul><li>Multiple copies of trunks </li></ul><ul><li>Began in early 1980s </li></ul><ul><li>Local control until 1999 </li></ul><ul><li>Snapshots in time </li></ul>
  3. 3. Snapshots in Time <ul><li>1 st Generation – secondary sources </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd Generation – written narrative & activity ideas tying pieces to trunk theme </li></ul><ul><li>3 rd Generation – lesson plans driven by content; some interactives </li></ul><ul><li>4 th Generation – trunk is content driven; lessons balance content objectives and skill objectives; contain interactives; tied to state standards </li></ul>
  4. 4. Puzzles from the Past: Problem Solving Through Archeology Dating activity uses objects, photos of site features, a stratigraphy model, expository text cards, and note taking and time line worksheets.
  5. 5. Puzzles from the Past: Problem Solving Through Archeology Observation and inference activity uses objects, a 1/3 size footprint of a Wichita Indian grass house excavation, and a worksheet.
  6. 6. Corps of Discovery Creating a matrix of American Indian tribes using photos and journal entries.
  7. 7. Indian Homes in Kansas Reading and map activity using objects, photos, models, a state map floor cloth, and sentence strips.
  8. 8. Trunk vs. Museum Visit <ul><li>More Bang for the Buck! </li></ul><ul><li>Monetary </li></ul><ul><li>Staff time </li></ul><ul><li>Student attention </li></ul>
  9. 9. Trunk vs. Museum Visit <ul><li>More Bang for the Buck! </li></ul><ul><li>Geographically Accessible </li></ul> 411 miles 208 miles
  10. 10. Trunk vs. Museum Visit <ul><li>More Bang for the Buck! </li></ul><ul><li>Geographically Accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Tailor the Experience for an Individual Fit </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher controlled </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptable to a variety of audiences </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptable to a variety of program formats </li></ul>
  11. 11. Trunk vs. Museum Visit <ul><li>More Bang for the Buck! </li></ul><ul><li>Geographically Accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Tailor it for an Individual Fit </li></ul><ul><li>Longer Contact Time </li></ul><ul><li>Reservation length </li></ul><ul><li>Use with multiple classes and grades </li></ul><ul><li>Student/trunk contact </li></ul>
  12. 12. Trunk vs. Museum Visit
  13. 13. Is a traveling trunk right for you? <ul><li>Who will use it? </li></ul><ul><li>How will they get it? </li></ul><ul><li>How will they use it? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have the space? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have the staff to develop a trunk? To maintain it? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Things to keep in mind when developing a trunk. <ul><li>Size </li></ul><ul><li>Weight </li></ul><ul><li>Durability </li></ul><ul><li>Labels </li></ul><ul><li>Inventory </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul>
  15. 15. Buy it! <ul><li>outside container </li></ul><ul><li>packing containers & materials </li></ul><ul><li>books, CDs, & DVDs </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>objects </li></ul><ul><li>reproductions </li></ul><ul><li>models </li></ul>
  17. 17. Make it! <ul><li>custom packing </li></ul><ul><li>sentence strips, object cards & other paper items </li></ul><ul><li>labeling & laminating </li></ul><ul><li>trunk manuals </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>felt boards & felt board activities </li></ul><ul><li>textile reproductions </li></ul>
  19. 22. Comments from Trunk Evaluations Teachers “ Excellent! My students learned so much. ” “ It was fabulous! It would be great if schools could purchase trunks from you or at least request that you put one together for them.” “ This was a great learning experience. I used it in an adult presentation (pieces of it) in Louisiana in hopes of encouraging their state historical society to develop these.”
  20. 23. Comments from Trunk Evaluations Senior Centers “ I so much appreciate being able to check out trunks. I used it for a group of seniors at Brookside Manor. You can’t believe the memories that surface and the excellent conversations that we have! Thanks so much.” “ We used it at an assisted living facility to celebrate Kansas Historical Women’s month. One woman brought a family quilt to talk about. First time she’s ever participated in an activity, and this helped make her part of the community. Thanks very much!”