Independence Park Institute

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The Daily Life and Diversity learning lab is a great space to learn about the lives of 18th century Philadelphians.

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Innovative Programming
Make history come alive for your students by signing up for an interactive, curriculum-based class trip to the Independence Park Institute. Each of our one hour programs involve the students in critical thinking and experiential learning. Our innovative programs meet the Common Core State Standards and lesson plans are provided to use before and after your field trip.

Programs can be paired together to expand the student experience. Program fees start at $5 per student, with a discount offered for multiple programs. Programs are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 9:30, 11:00 and 12:30. All education programs include reserved tickets to tour Independence Hall.

 
Program Menu

Daily Life in 18th Century Philadelphia (grades 5-8)
Students work in collaborative teams to examine artifacts, primary source documents, maps, and images to learn about life in the past. Through a series of activities they compare their lives with those of 18th century Philadelphians.

The Liberty Bell: A Symbol of
We the People (grades 4-12)
The students become historians by analyzing primary source and other visual information to learn about the use of the Liberty Bell through history. Students collaborate in teams as they prepare a creative presentation on the symbolism of the Liberty Bell. This program fosters a new way of looking at this old bell.

The Liberty Bell: A Symbol of We The People (grades K-2)
For the younger (K-2) students this program involves a game about symbolism followed by a read aloud story about a child who helped protect the Liberty Bell during the American Revolution. The students then create their own Liberty Bells, expressing their ideas of liberty.

Archeology: History Found in Pieces (grades 5-12)
Students in this program will take on the role of archeologists and piece together the stories of the buried past. They will get hands-on experience from replica artifacts and close reading of archival materials. They will use this evidence to analyze the life of one of Philadelphia's 18th century citizens in discussion and in writing.

Benjamin Franklin: Man of Many Talents (grades 3-12)
Students work in collaborative teams to explore Franklin's life through interactive activities such as setting type for a printing press, playing a glass armonica, and experimenting with electricity. In this program students learn using multiple intelligences. With hands-on activities they experience the musical, mathematical, linguistic, spatial, interpersonal, and creative sides of Dr. Franklin.

Benjamin Franklin: Man of Many Talents (grades K-2)
The younger students learn about Benjamin Franklin through a story and then have the opportunity to create their own invention. They also try some of Dr. Franklin's inventions.
 

Reserve An Education Program Now
To reserve an education program, phone 215-597-2760 or email us.

Costs:
1 program = $5 per student
2 programs = $8 per student
3 programs = $10 per student

All education programs include reserved tickets to tour Independence Hall. These one hour education programs are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 9:30, 11:00, and 12:30.

Last updated: April 8, 2016

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Mailing Address:

143 S. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone:

(215) 965-2305

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