Educational Resources

The National Liberty Museum has developed curriculum materials for its four tour themes, which all relate to our mission to keep liberty alive and flourishing.  These themes are Appreciating Diversity, Resolving Conflicts Respectfully, Balancing Rights and Responsibilities, and Heroes of Liberty.  The “Special Resources” section relates to special occasions and events.  All of our content is aligned with Pennsylvania and national education standards.  Click on the free lesson plans below to get started.

Introduction to Curriculum

Introduction to the curriculum

You can personalize your students’ learning experience by using our pre- and post-visit lesson plans to emphasize any of our four themes.  Each plan emphasizes our four themes and offers leadership development for students. You can choose lesson plans by theme, by character strength, or by academic content. We recommend doing at least one pre-visit lesson and one post-visit lesson.  If you can do more, the lesson plans can be combined and used as a full unit.  If you have questions about the curriculum or would like to speak with us prior to your tour, email tours@libertymuseum.org

  1. Special Resources
  2. 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)

  3. 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)

  4. 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.)

  5. Heroes of Liberty

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    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)

Big Ideas for Little Learners: Exploring friendship through storytelling

Join us with your family, on Saturday, June 9 at 11am, for an engaging exploration of friendship, acceptance, respect, and kindness. Using puppets, props, and lots of imagination, author and illustrator Staci Schwartz will lead an interactive reading of her book, The New Bear on the Block. Your family will receive their very own signed copy of the book, along with a special Hide-and-Seek Adventure Map of the National Liberty Museum personally designed by Staci. Learn more.

Sound + Vision Exhibition on Display April 6 - June 10

Sound + Vision explores the influence of music on contemporary glass art and the inextricable connection between music and visual arts. Featuring the works of 29 artists and collaborative teams, Sound + Vision showcases figurative representations of instruments, experimental glass instruments, and multimedia sculptural works inspired by both musical experiences and legends. Learn more.

Learn about our exciting Closing Event for this exhibit.

Shown: Violin by Etai Rahmil. Photo by Steven Toney.

"Pay What You Wish" and Special Activities on Memorial Day

Honor, explore, and be inspired this Memorial Day. At the National Liberty Museum you’ll discover stories of both military heroes and ordinary citizens who contributed to preserving our country’s liberty. There are special activities for adults and children throughout the day, including military trivia and a creative kids' workshop. All activities are included with your "Pay What You Wish" admission. Learn more.

Art Workshops for Kids in May and June

Join us on various weekend days in May and June when we will be offering art workshops for kids in conjunction with our Sound + Vision Exhibit. Workshops are free with Museum admission. Preregistration is required. Check our Event Calendar for details.

Lecture by the Foreign Policy Research Institute

In our next session, on Wednesday, June 6, our guest is Sheri E. Berman, professor of political science at Barnard College. Berman’s main interests are European politics and political history, democracy and democratization, globalization, and the history of the left. Her two books have examined the role played by social democracy in determining political outcomes in 20th-century Europe. Learn more and register day.

Young Heroes Award

This annual awards program, sponsored by TD Bank, recognizes young people who have taken leadership roles in their schools or communities to bring about positive social change. Each year we look for young people who have engaged in civic activities, promoted respectful resolutions to conflict, advocated for diversity, and much more. Nominations for 2018 are now open. Learn more and nominate a deserving young person today.

Awards of Valor

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. Nominations for 2018 are now open. Learn more