History and Social Studies Programs at Sloan Museum of Discovery

For program information and reservations, call 810-237-3409

Book hands-on programs at your school!

Use the 2022-2023 Education Guide to plan your field trip or outreach program.
View the PDF.

All social studies activities last approximately 1 hour and have limited seating.

  • Programs last 45 minutes to one hour.
  • $200 per class, $700 for four classes on the same day for schools in Genesee County.
  • For schools outside Genesee County, travel expenses will be charged in accordance with the current IRS standard mileage rate.
  • Serves individual classes of 35 students or less.
  • Minimum booking is two programs per day.
  • A minimum of one teacher from your school will be required to assist the museum educator in presenting the activities.

⭐ Take-Out Classroom Programs: Programs marked with a gold star are available as in-school programs. We will bring one of our variety of engaging learning experiences directly to your classroom!

⭐ Time Travelers

Grades K-1
Discover how museums play an important role in keeping history alive and exciting for future generations. Students will travel back in time to explore historical objects and learn about people from the past through hands-on activities. Compare and contrast historical artifacts with the objects used in the present, and think about what people in the future may use for a similar purpose.
GLCE: K-H2.0.1, K-H2.0.4, 1-H2.0.5, 1-H2.0.6

⭐ It All Starts With Me

Grades K-1
Students will explore the past, present, and future from the perspective of their own lives. Join a museum educator for historical story time, identify the important details and people from the story, and compare life today with life in the past while creating a hands-on project to take home.
GLCE: K-H2.0.1, K.H2.0.2, K.H2.0.3, K.H2.0.4, 1-H2.0.1, 1-H2.0.3, 1-H2.0.4, 1-H2.0.5, 1-H2.0.6

Resourceful Red Hen

Grades K-1
Using her entrepreneurial skills, the Little Red Hen invested natural, capital, and human resources to produce some delicious goods! The cat, dog, and mouse learned a hard lesson about incentives and opportunity costs. Using a reader's theater format, kids will hear the story of The Little Red Hen. Students will use natural, capital, and human resources to plant wheat seeds to take home.
GLCE: 2-E1.0.1, 2-E1.0.4

⭐ If I Could Build a City

Sponsored by Goyette

Grades 1-5
What is a community? It’s never too soon to learn how communities work. Join our educators as they focus on the importance of transportation, location, communication, and infrastructure to help “build a city” and make it successful. Each team will discuss, plan, and build a two dimensional model city.
GLCE: 1-G5.0.1, 1-E1.0.1, 2-G2.0.2, 2-G4.0.1, 2-G4.0.2, 2-G5.0.1, 2-G5.0.2, 2-E1.0.2

Pioneer Journey

Grades 3-5
Students will travel back in time to the opening of the Erie Canal and learn how it led to a significant population growth in Michigan. Go on a journey with a pioneer family who is migrating from New York to the wilderness of Michigan through hands-on activities. Discover how pioneers had to make difficult decisions, and trek through the harsh landscape with few possessions.
GLCE: 3-H3.0.1, 3-H3.0.2, 3-H3.0.3, 3-H3.0.7, 3-G5.0.1, 3-G5.0.2

Pioneer Homestead

Grades 3-5
The journey is over but now the work begins. Explore the process of setting up a family home. Learn about the challenges and explore how life in early Michigan differs from today.
GLCE: 3-H3.0.1, 3-H3.0.2, 3-H3.0.3, 3-H3.0.7, 3-G5.0.1, 3-G5.0.2

⭐ History Detectives

Grades 3-5
Working in teams, uncover the history behind a trunkful of mysteriously abandoned artifacts from the past. Investigate each object using keen detective skills, historical thinking, visual evidence, and primary and secondary sources. Can you figure out what the mystery objects are, where they came from, when and how they were used, and who made or used them?
GLCE: 3-H3.0.1, 3-H3.0.2, 3-H3.0.7

⭐ Landforms

Grades 3-5
Explore Earth! Students will use clay to sculpt mountains, valleys, plains, plateaus, and other major landforms. Investigate where on earth these landforms can be found and what forces help shape our world. Discover the many different landforms that are located in our state of Michigan.
GLCE: 3-G1.0.1, 3-G1.0.2

On the Line (available Spring 2023)

Grades 3-5
Students will explore transportation history and the development of the automotive industry in Flint. Discover the challenges of working on an assembly line. Investigate the events surrounding the Flint Sit-Down Strike, and the various perspectives of the individuals involved during this significant period of the labor movement and history in Michigan.
GLCE: 3-E1.0.3, 3-E1.0.4, 3-G4.0.1, 3-G4.0.2, 3-G4.0.3, 3-C5.0.1

Lumber Camp

Grades 3-5
Explore how Michigan and the Great Lakes region was once the center of the American lumber industry. Examine how Flint and other Michigan cities used the abundance of trees and waterways to develop economic growth. Investigate life in a lumbering camp through primary and secondary sources. Discover how lumber barons used natural, human, and capital resources to make their businesses successful.
GLCE: 3-G4.0.2, 3-E1.0.3, 3-E1.0.4, 3-G5.0.1, 3-G5.0.2

Anishinabek: Connecting with the Land

Grades 3-5
Explore how the people of the Three Fires Confederacy (Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi) adapted to and used their environment and natural resources to meet their basic needs for survival. Investigate primary sources, visual evidence, artifacts, and replicas through hands-on activities in order to answer historical questions about daily life for the Anishinabek in the early history of Michigan.
GLCE: 3-H3.0.1, 3-H3.0.2, 3-H3.0.4, 3-H3.0.5, 3-G5.0.1, 3-G5.0.2, 3-G4.0.4

Anishinabek: Post Contact Relationships

Grades 3-5
Study the early interactions between the Anishinabek and the first European explorers in Michigan. Learn how the People of the Three Fires and the French developed relationships with each other through the fur trade system in order to meet their wants and needs. Explore the incentives and opportunity costs involved with Michigan’s fur trade, and how it impacted life, culture, and the environment.
GLCE: 3-H3.0.1, 3-H3.0.2, 3-H3.0.5, 3.H3.0.6, 3-H3.0.7

Plan Your Field Trip!

For reservations, call 810-237-3409

Use the 2022-2023 Education Guide to plan your field trip or outreach program.
View the PDF.

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