Objects in the Classroom (or Living Room): Online Teacher Resources

One of the things we often hear from adult visitors at the Albany Institute of History & Art is that they remembered coming to the museum as a child to see “the mummies” with their school. For years AIHA has taken pride in our on-site education programs. Every year the museum hosts around 4,000 K-12 students from all over New York State for curriculum-based field trips on Ancient Egypt, Colonial Albany, the Hudson River School, and more.

During this worldwide health crisis, we are saddened that we are unable to welcome students and teachers into our galleries but if you find yourself teaching online or learning at home, you can still incorporate the museum into your lessons! The Albany Institute has developed online resources available to students and teachers anywhere which integrate art, objects, and primary sources into the classroom (or living room). Learn about the resources below and click the links to access the activities.

Hudson River School STEAM: Art & the Environment

The Hudson River School STEAM: Art & the Environment resource is a set of 3 lessons with digital reproductions and primary sources that introduce students to the connection between America's first artistic movement and environmental sciences. These lessons integrate education standards across subjects including science, social studies, technology, and art by encouraging students think critically about the ways these disciplines intersect. Lesson plans include descriptions of activities, presentations, worksheets, and answer keys. Student activities include reading, writing, art making, and creative design, as well as suggested outdoor activity.

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Special thanks to Paul Wing and Bank of America for the development of these resources.

Ancient Egyptian Art & Culture

These eight interdisciplinary lessons, created in conjunction with the special exhibition GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies (2013-2014) are illustrated with images from the collections of the Albany Institute, maps, drawings, and hieroglyphic translations. They were designed to be used by teachers who work with students in grades 3-8, but may be of interest to homeschool groups, library resource specialists, and informal educators of all kinds. They are accompanied by a glossary and a set of readings for students that introduce them to many aspects of daily life in Ancient Egypt.

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The Capital Region in 50 Objects

The Capital Region in 50 Objects teacher resource is a set of 18 lessons with digital reproductions and supporting materials that will introduce students to the history and culture of the Capital Region of New York through object-based learning. Topics include the Battle of Saratoga, Erie Canal, Railroads, and more! Each lesson engages students and aligns to NYS Education Department social studies standards.

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