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If you are looking for an amazing immersion style learning experience for your students you might consider a “field trip in your classroom.”

You select the desired programming.  Time Traveler Trunks comes to your school and sets up various stations that your students will rotate through during the day.  All trunks are hands-on and answer essential questions in American history.

These programs were created for educators who wanted to eliminate complicated district forms, the use of buses, and the need for parent chaperones.  In addition, it alleviates permission slips and creating activity schedules for students not able to attend.

 “Field Trips in a Classroom” are available for Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands, Colonial and Early American Life, Pennsylvania German Culture, Civil War and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. Other options include activity days for the Victorian America and World War I, World War II, and the Cold War.

Possible Stations for Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands:
History of the Six Nations                 
Food Preparation and Use
Body Decoration                   
Native Crafts and Skills
Hunting and Trade                 
Tools and Weapons                
Native Games
Ceremony and Traditions      
Music and Dance
Life at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School
Sports at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School
Art at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School

Possible Stations for Colonial and Early American Life:
Colonial Toys             
Colonial Life and Clothing                
Butter Churning    
18th Century Games            
18th Early Medicine                
18th Century Craft
Local figures in Early County History           
18th Century Crime and Punishment
French and Indian War
American Revolution                         
Activities from the War for Independence       
Story of Molly Pitcher

Possible Stations for Civil War:
Life in Cumberland County during the War             
Munitions Technology
Slavery in Cumberland County                     
Invasion of Cumberland County
Slave Trade and the Limbo                            
Local Heroes of the War
Civil War Era Movement                   
Morse code, Signal Flags, and Ciphers
Civil War Disease and Medicine                               
Military Drill

Possible Stations for Pennsylvania German Culture:
Pa German Foods      
Folk Medicine            
Holiday Traditions     
German Crafts           
Pa German Games     
Document and Furniture Decoration    
Decorative Paper Cutting

Possible Stations for World War II:
Lend Lease Exercise              
War Bond Activity    
Rationing Exercises   
Naval Combat Activity                      
Geneva Convention Exercise 
Scrap Drives
Plane Spotting Activity                     
Targeting and Engineering Exercises 
Period Correct Games            
Military Life and Munitions
POW Activity                        
Genocide Exercise
Local Heroes of WWII

Possible Stations for Cold War:
Duck and Cover Drills
Baby Boomer Activity
Teen Culture and Dance
Hawaii and Alaska Activities
Communism Exercise
Scientific Superiority Activity
Censorship Exercise
Rock and Roll and Racism Exercise
Polio Activity
Life in the 1950s
War in Korea

Option: Have parents make appropriately themed foods to finish the event with a period correct food sampling. Recipes can be provided. Some schools have obtained grants that permit the cafeteria staff to develop and implement an appropriate lunch which is served to the entire school.  

County Seat “Walking Tour” in the Classroom

Without leaving the school, throughout a series of stations students will learn of the founding and establishment of Cumberland County.  You will come to understand the meaning and importance of the old courthouse, the old prison, the old graveyard, the First Presbyterian Church, and the hardships and triumphs of early life in Central Pennsylvania.
Essential questions

How was Pennsylvania established?
What are Cumberland County’s landforms, geography, and natural resources?
Who were Cumberland County’s earliest settlers, why did they come to this area,  and what were their unique characteristics?
In what ways did county residents contribute to American culture?
What other immigrant groups came here?
How were they affected by Penn’s Holy experiment?
 In what ways did early county settlers express freedom of religion and speech
What services were provided by county government?
What were some of the basic principles held by American citizens?