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Pre-visit Activities

Find below all the Pre-Visit Activities for the Hanford Mills Museum. Click on a link to learn more.

 

Capturing History: Photography (Pre-Visit)

View Exhibit ButtonStudents will be able to use a modern digital camera and will understand the basic concepts of the art and technology involved in modern photography. More >>

Crop to Cornbread: What is a Gristmill

View Exhibit ButtonStudents will understand where their grains come from today, and how and why grain was processed in the past and is processed today. More >>

Diary Entries

View Exhibit ButtonThis activity helps students understand how primary sources can be used to learn about the past, and use primary sources to help understand the work that went into harvesting ice and the role that weather played. More >>

Geography: Labeling and Reading Maps

View Exhibit ButtonStudents will use geographic coordinates to locate two communities on a New York State map and they will read a topographical map to determine the landforms that exist between the two places. More >>

Keeping Accounts

View Exhibit ButtonUnderstand how primary sources can be used to learn about the past and use primary sources to discover the cost of ice harvesting and the labor that was involved. More >>

Natural Resources: Pre-Visit

View Exhibit ButtonBetter understand natural resources, and explain the difference between renewable and non-renewable resources and apply their knowledge. More >>

“Same Past, New Understandings” – The History of Hanford Mills

View Exhibit ButtonStudents will read an historic overview of the Hanford Mills Museum and will answer questions based on their reading. More >>

The Anatomy of Trees

View Exhibit ButtonIn this activity students will learn the anatomical parts of a tree and the purpose of each part. More >>

The Changing Economy: Analyzing the Events of the Past (Pre-Visit)

View Exhibit ButtonStudents will analyze a history research article as a source of information about past events. More >>

The Ice Business

View Exhibit ButtonThis activity helps students understand how primary sources can be used to learn about the past, and use primary sources to understand how ice was used by local companies. More >>

The New Arrivals in Town

View Exhibit ButtonHere students will understand the childhood experience during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as its similarities and differences to how childhood is experienced today. More >>

The Water Cycle Experiment

View Exhibit ButtonStudents will read about the water cycle and conduct an activity to explore how the water cycle works. More >>

Understanding the Water Cycle and Watersheds: Pre-Visit

View Exhibit ButtonLearn about the role of land use and the water cycle in keeping watersheds active. More >>

Understanding Trees

View Exhibit ButtonIn this activity students will describe and label the anatomy of a tree and understand how to roughly determine the age of a tree. More >>

What is a Community?

View Exhibit ButtonThis activity helps students understand the concept of community and the interconnectedness of community members. More >>

What is a Museum Exhibit?

View Exhibit ButtonUnderstand the purpose of museum exhibits and identify some of the forms that exhibits use to present information. More >>