K-12 Visit Themes

For Field Trips and Class Visits, teachers are encouraged to choose topics that fit into their current curriculum:

  • Introduction to Maps
    • Grades K-1
    • This lesson introduces students to maps and common map features, such as compass roses, legends, and scales. Students will complete Tino's Map Book, in which they will make their own maps of familiar areas.
      Available for classroom visits and for field trips at OML.
  • Maps and Landforms
    • Grades 2-3
    • This lesson uses maps of the world from the 1500s to the 1900s in a completely interactive lesson about map features, the continents and oceans, and other geographic landforms. Students will practice making a map using a compass rose, legend/key, and scale.
      Available for classroom visits and for field trips at OML.
  • Maps of the World - Geography & Globes Emphasis
    • Grades 3-5
    • This lesson uses five centuries of world maps to show the progression of geographical knowledge in the western world, as well as the advances in the making of maps and globes. Each student will construct a globe showing a fictional planet of their imaginations.
      Available for classroom visits and for field trips at OML.
  • Maps of the World - Cartography and Western Worldview Emphasis
    • Grades 6-12
    • This lesson uses five centuries of world maps to show the progression of geographical knowledge in the western world, as well as the alterations in western worldviews. Each student will construct a copy of the 20-sided Dymaxion globe invented by R. Buckminster Fuller.
      Available for classroom visits and for field trips at OML.
  • The Myths and Monsters of the Middle Ages & Renaissance
    • Grades 3-12
    • This lesson uses maps made during the Middle Ages and Renaissance to illustrate the beliefs of Europeans about who and what resided in the distant parts of the earth. Older students will learn about the Renaissance Europe's preoccupation with classical mythology.
      Available for classroom visits and for field trips at OML.
  • Portland History
    • Grades 3-12
    • This lesson investigates the destructions, resurrections, and transformations of Maine's largest city in maps of Portland from the Revolutionary War to the beginning of the twentieth century. This visit theme includes a board game in which students must work together to save Portland from the infamous Captain Mowatt, while learning about the important people, buildings, and industries in 'Falmouth' during the Revolutionary War.
      Available for classroom visits and for field trips at OML.
  • Maine Studies
    • Grades 3-12
    • Explore the changes in Maine from the time it was a district of Massachusetts valued largely for its lumber through its transformation into 'Vacationland'. This visit theme includes a Maine State History trivia game.
      Available for classroom visits and for field trips at OML.
  • Colonial New England
    • Grades 3-12
    • This lesson shows how the competitors for land in present day New England saw and mapped the landscape and its resources. This visit theme includes a Resources of New England game in which students collect the resources that native peoples and early settlers used to survive and prosper.
      Available for classroom visits and for field trips at OML.
  • Transatlantic Travel
    • Grades 4-12
    • Before steamships, ocean journeys were dangerous, dirty, and miserable, but the great ocean liners of the late 1800s allowed people to cross the Atlantic in relative comfort and safety, uniting the "New World" with the "Old World" in the process. Learn about life on the celebrated ships of the steam age by examining postcards, photographs, maps, and other artifacts from the Morse Ocean Liner Collection.
      Available only for field trips at OML.
  • Westward Growth of the United States
    • Grades 5-12
    • This lesson explores the events of the United States' westward expansion, including encroachment on Native American lands, major land purchases, mass migrations such as the Oregon Trail and California Gold Rush.
      Available for classroom visits and for field trips at OML.
  • American Civil War
    • Grades 5-12
    • Maps and surveying played an important role during the American Civil War. This lesson uses maps illustrating multiple aspects of the war, including slavery, secession, and the importance of rivers and railroads.
      Available only for field trips at OML.

Because of the highly specialized nature of secondary curriculum, High School teachers are encouraged to work with OML educators to ensure that the primary sources used in the lesson fit well with the class material.

For large groups or groups with a flexible time frame, consider taking advantage of our Collaborative Programs with nearby educational institutions!