School Program Descriptions

Programs at History Park

HSJ School Programs

Download our HSJ’s School Programs 2017-2018 brochure.

The following programs take place at History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose

Historic Transportation Experience (Grade 2)
Students experience transportation of yester-year when they ride in an authentic trolley car and learn about how wheels made life easier for early San Joseans.
Sponsored by The Mineta Transportation Institute
CONTENT STANDARDS: CA-HSS 2.1.2, 2.2.4 COMMON CORE STANDARDS: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL 2.1, 2.2
Times: Thursdays 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Cost: $10 per student
Chaperones: 1 per 10 students
Maximum 35 students

Early to Rise: Child’s Work and Play in Early San Jose (Grades 2 and 3)
When did a kid’s day begin in the 1800s? Students will have the chance to perform hand-on activities including collecting eggs, washing clothes, and practicing writing on slates during lessons in the schoolhouse. A vivid way for kids to make comparisons between the lives of children 100 years ago and their own lives.
CONTENT STANDARDS: CA-HSS 3.3.2, 3.3.3; 3.5.2, 3.5.4 COMMON CORE STANDARDS: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL 3.1, 3.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W. 3.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.1-3; C3 STANDARDS: D.s.HIS.2.K-2; D.2.HIS.3.K-2 (C3)
Times: Tuesday/Thursday 9:30 am – 10:45 am and 11 am – 12:15 pm
Cost: $10 per student
Chaperones: 5 minimum
Maximum 50 students

People At Work (Grade 3)
How did people earn a living and meet their essential needs in early San Jose? Students role-play, taking up occupations of the late 19th and early 20th centuries such as those of print maker, banker, and doctor.
CONTENT STANDARDS: CA-HSS 3.3.3; COMMON CORE STANDARDS: CCSS.ELA-LITRACY.SL 3.1, 3.3
Times: Tuesday/Thursday 9:30 am – 10:45 am and 11 am – 12:15 pm
Cost: $10 per student
Chaperones: 1 per 10 students
Maximum 45 students

A Case for Immigration: What’s Your Story? (Grades 4-6)
A dramatic look into the universal issues of discrimination, cultural identity, and policies surrounding immigration. We are pleased to announce a new field trip that allows students to: (1) step into the shoes of another person through perspective taking activities; (2) discover the challenges and triumphs of REAL people risking everything to start a new life in California, from lands far away and just across the border; (3) and, investigate the commonalities and differences between immigrant groups from the past and today.
CONTENT STANDARDS CA-HSS 3.3.3; 3.5.1; 3.5.2; 4.4.3; 4.4.4; 4.4.6
Times: Fridays 9:30 am – 12 pm
Cost: $10 per student
Chaperones: 1 per 10 students
Maximum 35 students

CHCP logoGrant funds available for this program through the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project.

 

 

 

Westward Ho! (Grade 5)
Inspire the pioneer in your students! In this highly interactive experience classes plan and prepare for a trip West in a covered wagon. They learn about the many hardships pioneers faced as well as what pioneer kids did to entertain themselves on the trail.
CONTENT STANDARDS: CA-HSS 5.8.1, 5.8.2, 5.8.4; COMMON CORE STANDARDS: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.1, 5.4, 5.5; C3 STANDARDS: D3.4.3-5
Times: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Cost: $12 per student
Chaperones: 5 minimum
Maximum 35 students

HSJ School Programs

Programs at HSJ’s Collection Center

The following program takes place at 1661 Senter Road, San Jose

History Detectives (Grades 4-5)
Do your students like to search for clues, ask questions, find evidence, and solve mysteries? If so, History Detectives is the perfect program! Here, students do “the work” of history by actively investigating clues — primary sources and artifacts — from History San Jose’s collection to discover the past. Also included is a lively, inquiry-based treasure hunt through the vast Collection Center.
CONTENT STANDARDS: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1.C-D, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.R1.4.1-2; C3 STANDARDS: D.S.HIS.11.3-5, D.S.HIS.13.3-5
Times: Tuesdays, 9:30 am – 11 am
Cost: $10 per student
Chaperones: 4 minimum
Maximum 35 students

Programs at Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site

Peralta Adobe located at 184 W. Saint John Street; Fallon House located at 175 W. Saint John Street in downtown San Jose

Adobe Days (Grade 4)
Transport your class to the 1778 El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. Students explore the oldest house in San Jose and experience life in Alta California. Following a brief history and tour of the first house in San Jose, students “see, do and taste.” They “see” artifacts and primary sources from early California; they “do” hands-on activities including candle-making and creating corn husk dolls; and they “taste” hand-made tortillas and yerba buena tea.
CONTENT STANDARDS: CA-HSS 4.2.3, 4.2.5, 4.2.8; COMMON CORE STANDARDS: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1, 4.5; C3 STANDARDS: D.2.HIS.2.3-5
Times: Monday-Friday 9:30 am – 12 pm
Cost: $12 per student
Chaperones: 7 minimum
Maximum 35 students

Upstairs/Downstairs: A Family’s Life in Victorian San Jose (Grade 3)
Students step back in time and learn about family and community life in San Jose over 150 years ago. Inside the exquisite old home students investigate and explore the lifestyles of both domestic servants and Fallon family members by dressing up in clothes of the day, playing parlor games, polishing silver and baking scones.
CONTENT STANDARDS: CA-HSS 3.3.1, 3.3.2; COMMON CORE STANDARDS: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.3; C3 STANDARDS: D.2.HIS.2.3-5
Times: Tuesday-Friday 9:30 am – 12 pm
Cost: $12 per student
Chaperones: 5 minimum
Maximum 35 students

History Detectives School Program

Adventures at Your School

Gold Rush Adventure Kit (Grade 4)
2 weeks, $175
The kit contains everything you need to integrate your curriculum while creating your own “Boom Town.” The kit contains gold panning materials, enough for one class. Through the use of photographs, maps, diaries, and other documents, you will be able to tell the story of the California Gold Rush through the eyes and words of those who lived it.

Questions? Museum Education members of staff are happy to answer any questions. Call us on 408.918.1040 or email education@historysanjose.org.