Education Programs in Schools
The Historical Society of Palm Beach County and the School District of Palm Beach County partner to provide a Florida History supplement to curriculum for Grade 4 according to Florida Sunshine State Standards. The tabloid-format newspaper, printed by the Palm Beach Post, covers the geography of Palm Beach County and Florida; Native Americans; the Colonial, Territorial, and Statehood periods in Florida; the Pioneer era, Flagler era, and pre-World War II to the present in Palm Beach County; and our diverse multicultural groups. A teacher’s guide is available by request or click the link below. The Sun Sentinel prints and delivers the tabloid to the School District for distribution to Palm Beach County elementary schools. The Historical Society also makes it available to private and home schools on request.
The Historical Society of Palm Beach County, the School District of Palm Beach County, and other historical organizations partner to provide a Palm Beach County History and Civics Program, according to Florida State and Sunshine State Standards, as part of a larger civics/social studies curriculum for Grade 7. The tabloid-format newspaper covers the geography of Palm Beach County, Native Americans, the Pioneer era, transportation, agriculture, pre- and post-World War II to the present, the diverse multicultural groups of Palm Beach County, and civics. A teacher’s guide is available below, or in print by request.
The Historical Society of Palm Beach County’s Traveling Educational Trunk Program offers an exciting series of resources for the classroom that meet Florida Sunshine State Standards. Trunks are based on specific themes and contain information, activities, and reproductions of artifacts to enhance students’ understanding of Palm Beach County and Florida history. Instructional material is also provided for teachers. Most of the trunks are designed for Grade 4 but can be adapted for other grade levels. The trunks are loaned to teachers for three-week periods on a first come, first served basis and must be reserved in advance. There is no charge or deposit for their use.
This Traveling Trunk is a great way for students to learn about the Seminole and Miccosukee tribes of Florida through the items they created. A teacher’s guide contains lesson plans, background information, and activities. A student handout is also included for use in class or to send home. The objects, photographs, and resources will provide students with a better understanding of Florida’s Seminole and Miccosukee. This trunk is designed for Grade 4 but may be adapted by teachers for other grade levels. See the Teacher’s Guide for more information.
This Traveling Trunk offers an exciting unit about south Florida’s early inhabitants, the Calusa, Tequesta, and Jeaga Indians. Students will explore how these early people lived prior to and just after the arrival of Europeans in Florida. The trunk includes a teacher’s guide, photographs, prints by Florida artist Theodore Morris, reproduction artifacts, a map, books, a video, and a student handout. Suggestions for activities are included, such as making rope from palm fiber as these first Floridians did. Students may handle the reproduction artifacts and discuss how these tools were made and used by Native Americans. This trunk is designed for Grade 4 but may be adapted by teachers for other grade levels. Check out the Teacher’s Guide for more information on this trunk.
The Pioneer Traveling Trunk offers an exciting educational unit about Palm Beach County’s pioneer era (1860-1893). Students will explore how settlers lived in the late 19th century in the subtropical area that became Palm Beach County. The trunk includes a teacher’s guide, photographs, a large map of the area on Lake Worth where the settlers lived, reproduction 19th century artifacts, books, replica fruits and vegetables, deerskin that was traded with the Seminole, pioneer girls’ clothing, part of a Barefoot Mailman outfit, and a student handout. This trunk is designed for Grade 4 but may be adapted by teachers for other grade levels. Check out the Teacher’s Guide for more information.
The Holocaust Studies Trunk for 5th grade is designed as a supplement when teaching the Holocaust. It is aligned to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and Common Core Standards. The trunk includes a teacher’s guide with lesson plans, books, a classroom set of Jacob’s Rescue, photographs of Jewish life from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, posters, DVDs, a map, a guide on teaching the Holocaust for educators to use with other lessons, and other items.
The Spanish Explorers of Florida Traveling Trunk offers students an opportunity to learn about the Europeans who claimed and explored La Florida, from 1513 when Juan Ponce de Léon claimed Florida for Spain, to the founding of St. Augustine in 1565 by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. Students will also learn how the explorers navigated the oceans, through lessons and hands-on navigation tools that sailors used. Navigation tools, pictures, maps, clothing, a teacher’s guide (take a peek inside HERE), and other items are included in the trunk.
Immerses students in the period of 1861 to 1877 in Florida, during the American Civil War and Reconstruction. This trunk gives students a peek into everyday life, camp life, and a perspective of the obstacles and challenges people had to overcome to survive during the War Between the States. Included in the trunk are a teacher’s guide, photographs, a large map of the battles fought in Florida, reproduction 19th century artifacts, pioneer girl’s clothing, and books to help expand on the lessons. This trunk is designed for fourth grade but may be adapted by teachers for different grade levels. Look inside the Teacher’s Guide to see how you can use this trunk in your classroom.
Growin’ Things: Agriculture in Palm Beach County brings to life the science and development of one of the most foundational parts of our county’s history: agricultural. Use this trunk to teach the agricultural heritage of Palm Beach County and even how to create your own classroom or school garden. This trunk includes a Teacher’s Guide, historical photographs, large maps of the agriculture district, replica vegetables and fruits, and books to help expand classroom lessons.
To reserve a trunk call 561-832-4164 ext. 104 or click here to email our Education Coordinator, Rose Guerrero