Ranger Guided

Colonial National Historical Park offers Virginia Standards of Learning [SOL] based educational programs to enhance your students' academic experiences. Student participation is encouraged through use of the inquiry method and hands-on activities. Programs are scheduled on weekdays from October through May, no weekends or holidays. There is a $30.00 interpretive fee for each program. All reservations must be made in advance. Payment must be made by check and received within 30 days of making the reservation. To arrange for a program, call the Interpretive Program Coordinator at (757) 898-2411 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. To ensure a program for your class, please call at least two months and no more than five months in advance.


VIRGINIA INDIAN LIFE - Suggested grades: K-3. What are the three basic needs of every human being? How did the Virginia Indians meet these needs before the arrival of the English? The daily life of the Virginia Indians will be introduced to students through hands-on activities using reproduction Virginia Indian artifacts such as arrowheads, bow and arrow, quiver, food products, jewelry and animal hides. A pre-visit booklet is provided. Maximum class size: 25 students per program. Program time: 30-45 minutes (based on the age of the students). Ties to SOLs: K.1(a), K.2, K.7(a), 1.1, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.12, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.7, 2.9

JAMESTOWN, A BEGINNING - Suggested grades: 3-5. What was life like for those early English settlers? What impact did the English presence at Jamestown have on the local Virginia Indians? When did the first Africans arrive in Virginia and what was their status; enslaved or indentured servants? What contributions did all three cultures make to the creation of a new nation: the United States of America? Through the use of inquiry and hands-on activities, students will investigate reasons behind colonization and challenges the 17th-century English and other European settlers, Virginia Indians and Africans faced. Prior to their visit, teachers will receive a video and Teacher Resource Guide which provides pre-visit materials, activities and supplemental information about Jamestown. Self-guided tour materials are also provided allowing teachers to walk their classes on the grounds of Jamestown and visit the 1607 James Fort archaeological dig site where archeologists are still uncovering artifacts. Maximum class size: 25 students per program. Recommended program time: one hour (minimum time is 45 minutes). Ties to SOLs: VS.1, VS.2, VS.3, VS.4, USI.1, USI.2c, USI.3, USI.4, USI.5a

MYSTERIES OF THE PAST - Suggested grades: 3-6. Students will participate in activities to learn how mysteries of the past are solved by using historical documents and archeology at a historic site, such as Jamestown, while stressing the preservation of historic sites for future generations. Maximum class size: 75 students per program. Program time: 20 minutes. Ties to SOLs: VS.1, VS.2, VS.3, USI.1, USI.3, USI.4a, USI.4b, USI.5a

RANGER GUIDED WALKING TOUR - Suggested grades: 4-college. Learn about the early history of 17th-century Virginia at the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America. Also learn about the excavations at the 1607 James Fort dig site. Maximum class size: 75 people per program. Program time: 35-45 minutes. Ties to SOLs: VS.1, VS.2, VS.3, VS.4, USI.1, USI.2c, USI.3, USI.4a, USI.4b, USI.5a, USI.5c, USI.5d


COLONIAL FAMILY OF YORKTOWN - Suggested grade: 1-2. With the use of the pre-visit study guide, youngsters will be introduced to the Norton and Nelson families and life in colonial Yorktown. In addition, the guide discusses colonial home-life, occupations and amusements. In the ranger led program at the historic Nelson House (circa 1730), hands-on activities involve the children with homemaking activities, colonial games and school materials. Before or after the ranger led program, Teachers can take their class on a self-guided activity through the town focusing on other colonial homes and buildings. (maps and stickers provided for each student). Maximum class size: 20 students per program. Program time: 45 minutes. Ties to Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs): K.2, K.4, K.5, 1.10, 1.12, 2.3, 3.5, 2.6.

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FORTUNES OF WAR - Suggested grades: 4-6. This program helps students to understand how the Siege of Yorktown and the American Revolution affected the lives of both soldiers and citizens. Students will actively participate in the battlefield through hands-on activities, role-playing and demonstrations. Teachers will receive a video and Teacher Resource Guide prior to their visit. This guide discusses the roles of the ranger, teachers and students during the park visit, as well as provides activity sheets and supplemental information for their American Revolution curriculum. Maximum class size: 30 students per program. Program time: one hour. Ties to Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs): VS.1, VS.5, USI.1, USI.6.

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NON-FIRING ARTILLERY DEMONSTRATION - Suggested grades: 3-6. In this hands-on program, students will learn about artillery used in the Revolutionary War and the essential role it played during the siege of Yorktown. Using an original Revolutionary War cannon, students form a gun crew and go through a mock firing, following the same drill as General Washington's troops. Maximum class size: 75 students per program. Program time: 25 minutes. VS.1, VS.5, USI.1, USI.6.

SIEGE LINE WALKING TOUR - Suggested grades: 5-college. Learn about the events surrounding the last major battle of the American Revolution at Yorktown. During a walking tour of the Yorktown Battlefield, groups will visit the British defenses around the town, see the American and French siege positions and discuss how General Washington successfully surrounded and defeated the British army. Maximum class size: 75 people per program. Program time: 35 -45 minutes Ties to Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs): VS. 1, VS.5, USI.1, USI.6, VUS.1, VUS.2, VUS.3, VUS.4.


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