Resources for Teachers
Need a few ideas to help reinforce the great things your students learned during a Winterthur school program? Need a bit of inspiration to guide your use of objects as primary sources in the classroom? Look no further! We’ve assembled some great pre-materials, and we offer workshops on a regular basis where you can try activities to use with your own students.
Teachers who book a Winterthur school program receive detailed information about the program content and curriculum in their confirmation packet. A brief powerpoint presentation about the history of Winterthur is available here. Download a PDF version of the presentation, which also serves as the script, here. For tips on planning your visit, read our Field Trip Checklist.
In addition to on-site and off-site programs for teachers and schools, Winterthur also provides teachers with a quarterly e-newsletter titled Classroom Connections, which provides information on the programs we are currently offering and activities that can be integrated into classroom curriculum. Our latest in-classroom activity is related to temperature and humidity and how they affect the preservation of objects. Click on the following link for the activity sheet. To sign up for the quarterly e-newsletter, please visit our sign-up page.
Upcoming Teacher Workshops
Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Please call the Winterthur Information and Tours office at 302.888.4600 or 800.448.3883 to register. The cost is $15 per person for each workshop, unless otherwise noted. Winterthur Members are admitted free. Delaware teachers wishing to receive credit should also register through the Delaware Teacher Center by calling 800.282.8770. Attendance is limited.
Empower Your Students with STEAM
Saturday, February 20, 2016; 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Location: Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE
Saturday, February 27, 2016; 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Location: Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal Street, Dover, DE
If you love art and science and art looking for new ways to share that love with your students, then this is the workshop for you! The Empower Your Students with STEAM workshops introduce new ways of incorporating art and science into your curriculum. We discuss art conservation through object examination, participate in hands-on activities to share with your students, and explore STEAM education, which aims to incorporate the Arts into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculums. This educational framework is appropriate for all disciplines and can aid your students in recognizing cross-curricular connections. Develop your understanding of the interdisciplinary field of art conservation, which includes hand-skills, as well as knowledge of art-history and chemistry, and explore opportunities for your students that can take place in the museum and your own classroom.
**The Zwaanendael Museum workshop will have a specific focus on marine conservation.
** The Biggs Museum workshop will be related to conservation at the Biggs Museum of American Art.
Why Does it Matter?
Saturday, May 14, 2016; 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Healthy forests, meadows, and streams provide a host of benefits to wildlife- food, water, shelter, and a place to raise young- bug high quality natural lands are good for people, too! They give us clean water, clean air, and a place to relax and connect with the natural world. Learn how Winterthur's Natural Lands team is improving the quality of our forests, meadows, and streams and what you can do to incorporate the value of nature into your classroom. Credit available through the Delaware Teacher Center. Registration required. Active teachers only. Members free. $15 per non-member.
Field Trip Scholarship Application
Through the generosity of corporate sponsors, scholarships are available to qualifying groups based on diversity of student population, percentage of students who receive free or reduced lunch, and the amount of state or federal aid the organization receives. Such financial aid can cover off-site program costs, student admission fees, and transportation costs of up to $250 per day.
E-mail the information, requested below, to firstname.lastname@example.org or send it in a letter to the School Programs Office, Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Delaware 19735. Alternatively, fax the application letter to us at 302.888.4953.
If you prefer, you can print and fill out this application form and mail or fax it to us.
Apply as soon as possible after making your reservation. We will notify you within two days of receipt to confirm the amount of your award. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Date and title of your program
Teacher’s e-mail address and phone number
Number of students who receive free or reduced lunches
Amount of state/federal aid your organization receives
Name or person or group who usually pays for museum programs or trips
Whether you are applying for transportation funding and the estimated amount needed.