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K-12 Education Programs at the Museum

On this Page:

  • Guided Tours:
      • American Indian Pottery: Continuity and Tradition
      • Be A Cultural Scientist! Exploring Cultural and Environmental Adaptations: A field study in the Paths of Life exhibit (STEM)
  • Self-Guided Visits permanent and temporary exhibitions. Self-guided materials have been created that include what we covered in the guided tour. These can be downloaded from our Educational Resources page.

You can register online or print the form and fax it to 520-621-2976. For questions or to be added to our mailing list email the Education Department or call 520-621-9434.

Self-Guided visits are free for students and $5 for adult chaperones (1 adult per every 8 students is required) and MUST BE PRE-SCHEDULED.

For information about Summer Programs at the museum, please visit our Summer Programs page. Only self-guided explorations are currently available.

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Guided Tours 

Bring your students on a visit to Arizona State Museum they will never forget! They will explore exciting cultural connections and learn important lessons in history, science, and art. These field trip programs are fun and engaging, and meet Arizona State Standards.

American Indian Pottery: Continuity and Tradition

Learn about 2,000 years of Native American art and science. Explore pottery traditions, and archaeological research. Hands on activities include sorting pot sherds, drawing pots, sequencing pottery making steps, and creating paper pot puzzles.

Best for Grades: 3–8 but can be adapted

Cost: $4.00 per student ($48.00 minimum), chaperones and teachers are free
Group Size: Minimum: 12, Maximum: 18*, Minimum of 3 chaperones / teachers
Dates / Times Available: Offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for Spring 2016
Program Duration: 60 minutes*

*If your group is larger than 18 students, groups will be split in two, alternating between the program and other museum exhibits. Please plan an extra hour or more to accommodate all groups.

Go to American Indian Pottery Registration to schedule your visit!

Teacher Resources for this Program

Wall of Pots Online Exhibition

 

Be A Cultural Scientist! Exploring Cultural and Environmental Adaptation: a field study in the Paths of Life exhibit (STEM)

Use the Human Adaptations Field Journal activity to encourage your students to become social scientists. Using the Paths of Life exhibit as their field study site, students make observations about the physical environments of Native cultures and some of the objects they made using its resources. Guides will help your students by introducing them to the museum and the cultures they will be exploring. All you need to do is register for you visit, have the students bring their own pencils and we will provide the materials to aid them in their museum adventure! Note: This activity is also offered as self-guided, however you will need to print out your own materials and no guides will be available to help your students.

Best for Grades: 4–5

Cost: $4.00 per student ($48.00 minimum), chaperones and teachers are free
Group Size: Minimum: 12, Maximum: 34, Minimum of 4 chaperones / teachers
Dates / Times Available: Offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for Spring 2016
Program Duration: 75-90 minutes

Go to Be A Cultural Scientist to schedule your visit!

Educational Resources/Supplemental Materials

Post-visit activity

State Standards

 

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Self-Guided Visits - ALMOST FREE! 
These must be Pre-Scheduled during the academic year.

What are self-guided visits?   Self-guided visits are museum visits educators lead themselves, so guides are not provided. If possible, teachers are encouraged to visit the museum before bringing their classes on a field trip. Background information to successfully lead a self-guided visit is provided through resource materials available on this web site.

To make your group’s experience a positive one, we require that self-guided visits be pre-scheduled during the academic year. In this way, we avoid overcrowding or having your visit conflict with other programs. All self-guided visits require at least one adult chaperone per 8 students.

Cost: Students under 18 are free and UA and PCC students are free with their ID card. The adult chaperone fee is $5 per adult. This fee will be invoiced to you when you are registered. If you do not pre-register, we may not be able to accommodate your group in the museum.

Self-guided visits for exhibitions are available Monday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

If a guided tour is already scheduled in an exhibition by another class, a self-guided visit will not be permitted in that gallery. Generally these are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Current Exhibitions

  • Intimacy of Faith (Now through May 2016)
  • The Pottery Project (permanent)
  • Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest and Northwest Mexico (permanent)

See our Current and Upcoming Exhibitions page for more information about the exhibitions.

Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest and Northern Mexico

Self-guided materials have been created to help students walk them through the Paths of Life. These can be downloaded from our Educational Resources page. Also check out the Exploring Cultural and Environmental Adaptations Field Journal Activity. This is offered as a self-guided tour!

School group in the Paths of Life exhibitionExplore the origins, history, and life today of the American Indian peoples of Arizona and the greater Southwest! Self-guided materials focus on The Yaqui, O’odham and Seri - From the Arizona deserts to the Sea of Cortez - and The Navajo, Hopi and Apache - Life on the high plateaus and eastern mountains of Arizona.

Apache Gaan dancers

Meets Arizona State Standards:
Social Studies: ISS-F1 PO1; ISS-F2; ISS-F3 PO3; ISS-E3; ISS-E4 PO2; ISS-E8 PO7; ISS-E15 PO3-4; ISS-E20 PO5. More Info

Teacher Resources and Student Activities for Paths of Life

Online Panoramic Tour of Paths of Life

Go to Self-Guided Visit Registration to schedule your visit!

Take advantage of Resource Materials for the Exhibitions.

Image credits:
Photos by Jannelle Weakly unless otherwise indicated
Apache Mountain Spirit dancers: ASM Staff