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

    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.

Young heroes demonstrate their leadership at a virtual Civics Fair!

At the end of each school year, the NLM's Young Heroes Outreach Program, which brings the Museum’s civic leadership curriculum directly into area schools, holds a grand celebration to showcase the Social Action Projects created by all of the participating schools. This year the celebration was a VIRTUAL event and their projects are available for viewing on this website!

Click here to see the inspiring work of these 4th through 8th grade students, who clearly understand their ability to make a difference!

VIRTUAL NLM@Night

As we all practice social distancing, the National Liberty Museum is proud to offer fun, engaging, and informative entertainment through our Virtual NLM@Night series. Each week, these events will ask audiences to imagine liberty and the impact of everyday heroes.

Click here to learn about upcoming events.

Philadelphia’s Freedom Exhibition Call to Artists

When the National Liberty Museum opened its doors twenty years ago just a block away from Independence Hall, it took on the mission to reinforce the basic principles for safeguarding liberty, including heroism, empathy, and the appreciation of diversity. For our upcoming exhibition, Philadelphia's Freedom, the National Liberty Museum invites artists from the City of Brotherly & Sisterly Love to submit artwork based on your own interpretation of freedom.

Philadelphia's Freedom will debut in the NLM's Live Like a Hero Gallery in the Summer/Fall of 2020. The deadline to apply is July 17.
Click here to read a letter from our Exhibitions Department about the effects of COVID-19, complete the submission form, or browse our Artist & Cultural Institution Resource List.

Do you know a young person who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 TD Bank Young Heroes Award. This honor recognizes young people who have taken action to make positive social change in their schools and communities. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Do you know a first-responder who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Awards of Valor presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS. This Award honors police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious community service. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

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Do you know a teacher who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Teacher as Hero Award. This yearly recognition program, sponsored by State Farm®, honors outstanding educators in the Delaware Valley. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Do you know a Healthcare Professional who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Healthcare Heroes Award presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Awarded in four categories, Healthcare Heroes recognizes professionals in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have had a profound impact on others.

This year we are expanding the Community Hero Award category by including all those who participated in helping others in regard to the treatment of COVID-19. Learn more and nominate someone by clicking here.