Enhance your classroom curriculum by borrowing one of many free, interdisciplinary learning kits!
All kits come with an instructional teacher’s guide and include lesson plans, photos, document reproductions, artifacts, games, maps, worksheets, research projects and more!
Each kit is historically accurate and incorporates curriculum and content standards with local history themes to help your students meet testing needs. Kits may be borrowed for two weeks.
To Reserve a Learning Kit
Learning Kits are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. The schedule books up quickly during the fall (September-November) and spring (April-May).
Curator of Education
African American Kit - 2nd Grade +
The African-American kit will help students understand and appreciate African-American culture by studying the “ancestral homeland of African-Americans, the circumstances of their arrival on American shores, and their eventual integration into the mainstream of American life.” Instructional materials are by Dr. Martha Bruce-McSwain.
Journey to Ohio Kit - 4th Grade +
The 1810 Journey to Ohio kit gives students a firsthand account of a young woman’s pioneering journey from her home in Connecticut to the new territory of Ohio. Based on a published transcription of the early 19th century journal by Margaret van Horn Dwight.
Hispanic Awareness Kit - 4th Grade +
The Hispanic Awareness kit features contributions of Hispanic immigrants to the life of the Mahoning Valley. Artifacts, pictures, map work, virtual field trips, biography projects and activities will help students experience the history, culture and customs of Hispanic people in our Valley and around the world.
Immigration Kit - 4th Grade +
The Immigration kit is a collection of games, worksheets and projects. It encourages discussion of causes, decision-making, maintaining culture and discrimination. Teachers’ information sheets, reproducible pages, craft materials, games, and reproductions of documents and photographs are included to help students understand the immigration process.
Timelines Kit - 4th Grade +
The Timelines kit will help students understand different scales and purposes of timelines. Explore important dates in our world, national and local history through poster-size, single and multi-tier timelines, including a timeline History of Toys!
People of India Kit - 4th Grade +
The Indian People kit examines the vast country of India and how it represents diversity in all its aspects: people, religions, customs, traditions, clothes and languages. Extensive historical background information, activities, pictures and artifacts celebrate the cultural heritage of local residents who are of Indian descent.
Irish-American Kit - 4th Grade +
The Irish-American kit is an in-depth, extensive program offering a comprehensive variety of materials that span centuries of Ireland’s history, ancestry, customs and traditions. Two essays feature the local history of Irish settlers and immigrants in the Mahoning Valley.