Charleston Museum

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ELE Experience: Explore and enrich your curriculum through the many programs and exhibits offered by the Charleston Museum.  Instructors with the museum can work directly with the teachers to create an arts-integrated experience based on teacher chosen content. Begin the experience in the classroom and conclude with a field trip to the museum. Experiences can be adjusted to meet needs of the content and expectations of outcome. (Visit website for additional information based around Social Studies and Science content)






3rd-8th Grade: Social Studies and Science: Colonial Apprentice: Become an apprentice for the day!  Sign your indenture and learn skills that were needed in colonial towns.  Students will learn about pottery, textile arts, home crafts, and the building arts as they create clay pots, practice “stone” carving, and roll beeswax candles.

3rd-8th Grade: Social Studies, Science and ELA: Amazing Architecture: Begin this architectural adventure by learning about five different styles of architecture visible in Charleston today- Georgian, Federal, Gothic Revival, Greek Revival, and International.  Students will learn basic architectural features and participate in a brick building activity to prepare for a scavenger hunt through the Mazyck-Wraggborough district surrounding the Museum. The scavenger hunt ends at the Joseph Manigault House, a Federal style home once the residence of a wealthy rice planter.

3rd-8th Grade: Social Studies, Science and ELA: Rhythm of Rice: Contributions by African Americans have made a significant impact on life in the Lowcountry.  Students will use artifacts, documents, and replicas to understand the African American experience from their lives in Western Africa to the plantations of South Carolina.  Learn to keep the beat with an African rhythm game, play African instruments, and study watercolors to learn about Carolina Gold rice._DSC7192

3rd-8th Grade: Social Studies, Science and ELA: Day at the Dill: Explore the Museum’s Dill Sanctuary, a 580 acre wildlife refuge on James Island.  Learn the importance of our marshes and about the animals that inhabit our local environment. Observe animal tracks, fiddler crabs and more while walking on the forest trail.  Students will get to create art with found objects and paint with pluff mud.


SC Standards for General/Instrumental Music and Visual Arts Addressed During this Experience:

MG3-2.4 Improvise short songs and short instrumental pieces.

VA4-2.3 Use visual structures and functions of art to create artworks that communicate ideas.

VA5-2.4 Discuss the ways that specific elements and principles of design are used to communicate meaning in his or her own works of visual art.

VA6-4.3 Demonstrate visual literacy by deconstructing artworks to identify and discuss the elements and principles of design that are used in those works.

VA7-2.2 Compare and contrast several artists’ use of the elements and principles of design and describe the ways in which these characteristics express the artists’ ideas.

VA8-5.1 Compare various purposes for the creation of works of visual art.