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Social Studies

  • Advanced Placement History Conference

    The National Museum of Play’s annual Advanced Placement History Conference focuses on social, cultural, and political history, and illuminates the historical processes of change and continuity in American life. Topics are derived annually from the national AP history exam and addressed by local college professors who engage students through dynamic seminars. Students are exposed to primary documents and in-depth discussions that foster critical thinking skills. Each full day of college-level presentations includes a provocative panel symposium, allowing students the opportunity to interact with speakers and connect with peers from other local high schools.

    Recent America: Culture, Politics, and Economics at the End of the 20th Century
    Your choice of one day: Monday, March 24–Friday, March 28, 2014 9
    a.m.–1:30 p.m
    .

  • Innovations: A Brief History of Electronic Games

    Discover firsthand how electronic games have changed over time. After exploring the eGameRevolution exhibit and building background knowledge, students work in small groups to create visual timelines of how computer games, console games, arcade games, and handheld games have evolved over time. Pre-visit resource materials include references to online collections and museum blogs. Video game tokens are provided for free play.

    1 1/2 hours
    SS 1, RH.6.7, RH.7.7, RH.8.7, RH.9.7, RH.10.7, RH.11.7, RH.12.7
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Special Offerings

  • Advanced Placement History Conference

    The National Museum of Play’s annual Advanced Placement History Conference focuses on social, cultural, and political history, and illuminates the historical processes of change and continuity in American life. Topics are derived annually from the national AP history exam and addressed by local college professors who engage students through dynamic seminars. Students are exposed to primary documents and in-depth discussions that foster critical thinking skills. Each full day of college-level presentations includes a provocative panel symposium, allowing students the opportunity to interact with speakers and connect with peers from other local high schools.

    Recent America: Culture, Politics, and Economics at the End of the 20th Century
    Your choice of one day: Monday, March 24–Friday, March 28, 2014
    9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

    Registration begins in December.

        

  • Advanced Placement Psychology Conference

    The National Museum of Play’s annual Advanced Placement Psychology Conference is based on topics derived from the College Board AP Psychology exam. Following a keynote introductory presentation, students participate in focus group seminars based on their selected topic of interest. Museum educators and undergraduates from the Psychology Department of Nazareth College help students develop critical thinking skills and apply higher-order thinking while engaging in an array of activities uniquely set amid museum exhibits. Students participate in college-level presentations and have the opportunity to interact with seminar speakers, as well as peers from other local schools. The full-day experience includes an hour for lunch and concludes with guided reflection. Students leave with in-depth knowledge about their chosen topic, a deeper understanding of their own attitudes and values, and suggestions about how to extend the learning back at school with their peers.

    Your choice of one day: November 21 or 22, 2013
    9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

    Register today!

  • Field Days

    Museum educators can come to your school with custom-designed field day games and playful activities sure to energize students of all ages. Please call 585-263-2700 to learn more or to book a date.

  • Field Study Guides

    Field study guides are designed to help students explore the importance of play on their own. Students use the guides to investigate exhibits throughout the museum, make observations, and discuss their findings with peers.

    Field Study Guides are available on the following topics:

    • Child Development through Play
    • Play and Gender Roles
    • Why Do Children Play? (Birth to Age 6)
    • Playing to Learn Literacy
    • Playing to Learn Numeracy
  • Independent Study

    Customize an experience to best meet the needs and interests of your students. Schedule a day and time to explore the museum independently. Groups may add a 15-minute introduction to the museum presented by a museum educator.  

Health, Family and Consumer Science

  • Advanced Placement Psychology Conference

    The National Museum of Play’s annual Advanced Placement Psychology Conference is based on topics derived from the College Board AP Psychology exam. Following a keynote introductory presentation, students participate in focus group seminars based on their selected topic of interest. Museum educators and undergraduates from the Psychology Department of Nazareth College help students develop critical thinking skills and apply higher-order thinking while engaging in an array of activities uniquely set amid museum exhibits. Students participate in college-level presentations and have the opportunity to interact with seminar speakers, as well as peers from other local schools. The full-day experience includes an hour for lunch and concludes with guided reflection. Students leave with in-depth knowledge about their chosen topic, a deeper understanding of their own attitudes and values, and suggestions about how to extend the learning back at school with their peers.

    Your choice of one day: November 21 or 22, 2013
    9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

    Register today!

  • Learning through Play

    Play supports all areas of a child’s development—cognitive, social, emotional, and physical. This experience includes an introduction to child development, discussion about learning through play, and opportunities for students to explore, “kid-watch,” and play in the museum exhibits. Students use a graphic organizer to document findings. Observations can be used back in the classroom in a variety of ways depending on the nature of the coursework being studied.

    1 1/2 hours
    FCS 2, FCS 3, W.9.2, W.10.2, W.11.2, W.12.2
  • NEW! Exploring the Playful Learning Approach of Woodbury Preschool

    Explore how the museum’s Woodbury Preschool implements the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Visit the preschool environments and explore documentation of project work. Learn how student interests lead to emergent projects and examine the role of the teachers, the environment, and parent involvement in a preschool that demonstrates how learning happens through play.

    1 1/2 hours
    FCS 2, FCS 3, W.9.2, W.10.2, W.11.2, W.12.2
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Language Arts

  • Debate for a Day

    Have changes in technology changed the way people play? Are electronic games beneficial or detrimental to learning? Does Barbie symbolize what it means to be an American woman? Do comic books encourage violence? While researching and debating questions like these, students develop important skills. Following a brief discussion about the art of debate, students actively use primary-source documents and hands-on experiences to develop arguments either for or against selected propositions. Students work in teams to gather and present information that supports their case.

    2 hours
    SL.6.1, SL.6.3, SL.6.4, SL.7.1, SL.7.3, SL.7.4, SL.8.1, SL.8.3, SL.8.4, SL.9.1, SL.9.4, SL.10.1, SL.10.4, SL.11.1, SL.11.4, SL.12.1, SL.12.4
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  • Electronic Game Quest

    Gather facts and information to address some of the essential questions embedded in the eGameRevolution exhibit: How is playing an electronic game similar to or different from previous types of play? Who plays electronic games? What is the educational impact of electronic games? Students have the opportunity to learn and develop public speaking skills as they present their findings to their peers. Pre-visit resource materials include references to online collections and museum blogs. Video game tokens are provided for free play.

    2 hours
    SL.6.1, SL.6.4, SL.7.1, SL.7.4, SL.8.1, SL.8.4, SL.9.1, SL.9.4, SL.10.1, SL.10.4, SL.11.1, SL.11.4, RST.6.7, RST.6.8, RST.6.9, RST.7.7, RST.7.8, RST.7.9, RST.8.7, RST.8.8, RST.8.9, RST.9.7, RST.9.8, RST.9.9, RST.10.7, RST.10.8, RST.10.9, RST.11.7, RST.11.8, RST.11.9, RST.12.7, RST.12.8, RST.12.9
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