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Unlock your past…. The BIG History Lesson. Coordinated by: Cheryl Natzmer. You and your students are invited to use the Michigan Historical Museum as your classroom for a week-long study of Michigan history.

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Unlock your past

Unlock your past…

The BIG History Lesson

Coordinated by:

Cheryl Natzmer


You and your students are invited to use the Michigan Historical Museum as your classroom for a week-long study of Michigan history.


The BIG History Lesson is a creative model for teacher-led, student centered learning within the museum environment. You design and lead a thematic unit of study tailored to the needs of your students and your teaching objectives.



Students talk with historians and learn about the daily lives of men, women and children in history through the objects they used. It’s all a part of the BIG History Lesson experience.


Children get a behind-the-scenes look at the museum. Here archivist Mark Harvey shows students the original Michigan constitution.


Teachers and museum staff plan a variety of learning experiences – including speakers, tours, discussions, individual and collaborative research. These students talk about French fur trading with a Voyageur.


Time for free-choice learning is an important aspect of the model. These students are attracted to a construction diagram of the Mackinac Bridge.


Students engage with historical materials by observing, journal writing, note-taking and sketching.


Students work alone or in small groups to conduct research on topics that are of personal interest.


Dressing up in period clothes and reenacting scenes from history lets students experience what life was like in the past.


Playing games our ancestors enjoyed is also part of the fun. history lets students experience what life was like in the past.



Parent volunteers play an important role in modeling behavior and provide additional resources.


At the end of each week, students demonstrate what they’ve learned through presentations, performances, or acting as junior docents. Here a group plays jeopardy with questions they’ve contributed.


These students created puppets representing their favorite historical figures and staged a show as their culminating activity.


Bring history alive for your students. historical figures and staged a show as their culminating activity.

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For an application or historical figures and staged a show as their culminating activity.

more information about

Michigan Historical Museum’s

BIG History Lesson

-call-

Cheryl Natzmer

517-335-2704

Or go to:

www.michigan.gov/hal

Go to “For the Professional”:“Teacher Resources.”


Michigan Historical Museum historical figures and staged a show as their culminating activity.

Michigan Historical Center

Department of History, Arts and Libraries

702 W. Kalamazoo St.

Lansing, MI 48909-8240

This presentation created by Viking Designs students

Eric Schaberg, Choua Vang, and Kristin Purdy.

Viking Designs is Everett High School’s

on-going service learning project.

For information call 517-325-7362


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