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Education


School Programs

Our programs, tailored to your school group's age and grade, focus on life and work at King Manor in the 19th century and on the history of the King family in early America and the anti-slavery movement.

Pre- and post-visit materials and activities for use in the classroom are available for grades 1-3  and grades 4 and up.

 

 

Our Tours ($5 per student, all chaperones free!)

Life at King Manor – grades 1-3
King Manor was the home of statesman Rufus King and his family and is one of our only links to the village of Jamaica in the early 1800s. The stories it can tell are of a home, a farm, a village, and a nation. Your students will learn about the lives of those who once lived and worked here.

This program meets the following New York City Social Studies curriculum standards:  1.2, 1.4, 1.7, 1.8, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6, 2.7, 3.7, 3.8

Discovering Rufus King – grades 4+
So who was Rufus King? Through the life and work of this Founding Father, your students will learn about the Constitution, the development of the new American Republic, and early opposition to slavery.

This program meets the following New York City Social Studies curriculum standards:  4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 5.3, 5.6

Workshop Options (additional $1 per student)

    • Historic Fun and Games
      Enjoy a hoop-rolling relay race, play ball-and-catch, and learn to move with colorfully laced “graces” – all games enjoyed by children in the 18th and 19th centuries.
    • Historic Crafts
      Learn about Rufus King's enormous library and experiment with paper marbleizing book art that students can take home as a souvenir.
    • Artifact Discovery
      Identify and analyze archaeological artifacts like those excavated at King Manor to learn about how artifacts teach us about the past.
      This program meets the following New York City Social Studies curriculum standards:  1.5, 1.6, 2.6, 3.3, 4.2, 5.1
    • Document Discovery (Grades 5 and up)
      Read and analyze letters and speeches written by Rufus King in the days before and after his 1820 speeches opposing slavery in Missouri to learn about how historians use primary documents to study the past.
      This program meets the following Common Core English Language Arts standards:  RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3, W.5.1, W.5.4
    • Commonplace Books
      Learn about the commonplace books in which Rufus and his granddaughter Eliza recorded their observations and reading and then create a unique  book about your visit.
      This program meets the following Common Core English Language Arts standards:  RI.1.1, RI.1.2, RI1.1.4, RI.2.6, RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.4.1,  RI.5.1
    • Winter Diversions and Celebrations (only available in December and January)
      Explore 19th century seasonal festivities, see how the King family spent cold winter months., and make a pomander — a scented ornament with citrus, spice, and ribbon (cloves used in this program were generously donated by Patel Brothers and House of Spices).

 

Archaeology ($8 per student for a tour plus hands-on workshop)

Introduce your students to historical archaeology without actually digging.  Students will be able to examine artifacts excavated at our site and learn the critical thinking and analytical skills central to archaeology.

This program meets the following New York City Social Studies curriculum standards:  1.5, 1.6, 2.6, 3.3, 4.2, 5.1