Educational Resources

The National Liberty Museum has developed curriculum materials to help you prepare your students for their visit here. All of our content is aligned with Pennsylvania and national education standards.

Use the links and drop-downs below for an introduction to our curriculum; information on our academic content and standards; and resources that support our four core Museum themes, Appreciating Diversity, Resolving Conflicts Respectfully, Balancing Rights and Responsibilities, and Heroes of Liberty.

 

Resources to help you prepare for your visit:

Introduction to the Curriculum

Academic Content and Standards

Resources for our four core Museum themes:

  1. Appreciating Diversity

    Pre-Visit Free Lesson Plans:
    What’s Your Story?: Using Perspective to Understand Others
    Students practice seeing a story from multiple perspectives

    Identity Poem:  Including Everyone’s Voice in the Community
    Using their identity as inspiration, students each contribute a line to a class community poem.

    Post-Visit Free Lesson Plans:
    The Peace Portal:  Listening with the Goal of Understanding
    Using an abstract painting that is a piece of NLM history, students practice listening with the goal of understanding what another student is describing.
    Additional Free Educational Resources:  The Peace Portal (PowerPoint)

  2. Resolving Conflicts Respectfully

    Pre-Visit Free Lesson Plans:
    The Conflict Resolution Menu: What Are Your Options for Dealing with a Conflict?
    After a fun opening activity using restaurant menus to think about how groups agree and disagree, students practice brainstorming multiple solutions to a conflict.  (Use with post-visit lesson, How Many Sides does a Conflict Have?)
    Additional Free Educational Resources:  Conflict Menu–Restaurant Menus  (PowerPoint)

    Do You See What I’m Saying?:  Using Active Listening to Make Sure You Get the Picture
    Students attempt to draw a picture based on verbal directions and compare the results they get when they listen actively vs. passively.

    Post-Visit Free Lesson Plans:
    How Many Sides Does a Conflict Have?:  Thinking Through a Real-Life Conflict
    Students practice thinking about a real conflict in their life from the perspective of someone else.  (Use with pre-visit lesson, The Conflict Resolution Menu.)
    Additional Free Educational Resources:  The Simpsons–Chip Thieving Dogs (Video)

  3. Balancing Right with Responsibilities

    Pre-Visit Free Lesson Plans:
    Balancing Rights with Responsibilities:  How do they work together?
    Students think critically about their own rights and responsibilities, and examine the relationship between the two.  (Use with post-visit lesson, Your Classroom, Your Rules.)

    Activating Our Everyday Rights:  How Do You Use the First Amendment?
    Students play a game of “Step Up, Step Back,” to explore how they have used their First Amendment rights in daily life.

    Post-Visit Free Lesson Plans:
    Your Classroom, Your Rules:  Thinking Through Your Rights and Responsibilities

    Students think critically about the responsibilities placed on them by their classroom rules, and the rights that are supported when they uphold those responsibilities.  (Use with pre-visit lesson, Balancing Rights with responsibilities.)

  4. Heroes of Liberty

    View Heroes of Liberty

    Pre-Visit Free Lesson Plans:
    Taking Action to Overcome Obstacles:  A Hero’s Life Story
    Using Helen Keller’s life as an example, students follow the story of people taking action to support and inspire one another’s goals.
    Additional Free Educational Resources:  1930s TV Footage of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan (Video) and Taking Action to Overcome Obstacles (Power Point)

    Post-Visit Free Lesson Plans:
    Investigating Gaps in Liberty: Identifying Issues and Getting the Facts Before Taking Action
    Through the true story of a man wrongly convicted of murder, and his sister’s struggle to free him, students take a closer look at the concept of ‘gaps in liberty’ and practice identifying real-life examples.
    Additional Free Educational Resources:  Conviction: Official Movie Trailer (Video)

If your group is participating in one of our Museum Learning Experiences (MLX), use the resources for the core Museum theme noted.

MLX: USA Diversity Puzzle
Use “Appreciating Diversity” on the left

MLX: How to get around a Zax
Use “Resolving Conflicts Respectfully” on the left

MLX: Allies in Action
Use “Balancing Rights with Responsibilities” on the left

MLX: Approaching Conflict as an Upstander
MLX: Heroes (from comic books to reality)
MLX: Garden of Heroes
Use “Heroes of Liberty” on the left

If you have questions about the curriculum or would like to speak with us prior to your tour, email tours@libertymuseum.org.

Lila Liberty's Hero Quest

Join Lila Liberty on her quest to spread acceptance and kindness by helping her collect her "Super Hero Gadgets" throughout the Museum. This self-guided experience will encourage your child to understand how qualities like empathy, integrity, responsibility, and courage define what it means to be a Hero.

Lila Liberty’s Hero Quest is available between 1-3pm every Saturday and Sunday beginning on December 1, It is included in the cost of admission. Learn more.

Read and Romp

Join us with your little learner, ages 2-6, for Read & Romp, an exciting hour of imaginative storytelling, interactive games, and creative crafts in the Museum’s galleries. Read & Romps are held twice a week, on Monday and Saturday mornings. Learn about the “story of the week” and choose the day that works best for you! Snacks and Museum admission are included.

Check our events calendar for upcoming Read & Romps beginning on December 3, 2018.

GiveBack Workshops

GiveBack Workshops at NLM are a unique way of volunteering and the perfect spark to activate your family’s sense of empathy, respect, and responsibility, the character traits that make someone a true hero of liberty. A different GiveBack Workshop is held once each month on a Saturday morning. You and your children will work together to complete a “make-and-donate” activity specifically designed by the partner organization for that month.

Check our events calendar for all the upcoming GiveBack Workshops –and the organizations with whom we are partnering– beginning on January 12, 2019.

NLM's 2018 Holiday Shop

This season, the National Liberty Museum is creating a special Holiday Shop in our newly renovated Museum Store. It will feature a one-of-a-kind collection of gifts, including festive glass ornaments, fair trade handmade jewelry, unique stocking stuffers, and much more. Click here for dates and details.

The Inspiring Stories of our 2018 Awards of Valor Honorees

This annual awards program, presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS, honors police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious service. The 2018 Awards Ceremony was held on September 12. Our honorees' inspiring stories will be displayed in a Museum exhibit and on our 2018 Awards of Valor page in the coming weeks. Please check back shortly,

Chevrolet supports first responders. Learn more.

We invite you to view the photos of our 2018 Glass Auction & Gala

Our 2018 Glass Auction & Gala was held on Saturday, October 6 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown! With more than 350 guests from near and far, we're proud to share that this was one of our most successful Auctions yet! All proceeds directly benefit the thousands of children who participate in our education and outreach programs.

Photos of this exciting event are now available for viewing.
We thank everyone who supported our most important fundraiser of the year.