If visiting the exhibition, print out this guide to help your child learn new skills of observation, reasoning, and creativity. These documents are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader.
For Visiting School Groups
The Museum invites students to connect with people, ideas, and events of the past through an exciting array of standards-based programs. Visit the School Visits page for more information.
Self-Guide Activity Sheet for your class
If visiting the exhibition with your class, print out these self-guided tours that offer a game-like approach to exploring the exhibit. Students develop skills of map reading, observation, and analysis of primary-source materials to discover the role of transportation in the development of American communities, commerce, migrations, and immigrations. These documents are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader.
For In-Classroom Learning
Activity Guide: A Transportation Journey through America
Download historical primary resource materials
for your classroom accompanied by activities and projects. Adaptable
for grades 4-11.
Electronic Field Trips
In two 30-minute shows designed for grades 4–8 and broadcast
in the spring and fall of 2004, curators and students look at
how immigration and migration impacted American history and at
the role of various forms of transportation.
In the first show, “Migrations, Immigrations, and How We
Got Here,” curators give a tour of the exhibition. In the
second, “Creating Stories,” the curators share secrets
of how they develop the individual stories presented in exhibitions.
Then they help students who are creating their own family stories
by analyzing objects, documents, and other resources.
After watching the field trips, all students will be able to
research and create their own stories and images and e-mail them
to the curators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selected stories will appear in the Guest Curators area of this
website’s Themes section.
Criteria for stories and images
Stories should be composed in Microsoft Word and should not
exceed 500 words. Images of family objects and documents should
be in JPEG format, approximately 800 pixels, and at 72 dpi.
Image file size should be around 300k. By e-mailing images,
permission is granted to publish them on this website.
Consult the reading list for a bibliography of reading material related to the America on the Move exhibition.
Visit the web links page for a list of related web sites and their related sections.