IMPORTANT NOTICE

In compliance with University of Maine System and University of Southern Maine directives related to Covid-19, we are unable to offer onsite Field Trips or in-person Classroom Visits for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Instead, we are offering free Virtual Field Trips to be hosted synchronously over Zoom. Themes currently available include:

Theme(s) for Grades 2-5:
     • “World Geography & Landforms”
     • “New England Geography”
     • “Maine Geography”
Theme(s) for Grades 6-8:
     • Two-Part “World Maps & Geography”
     • “Maine History in Maps”
     • “Maine Geography”
     • “New England Geography”
Theme(s) for Grades 9+:
     • “World Maps in History”

     • “Maine History in Maps”

CLICK HERE to Request Virtual Field Trip

We are hard at work creating additional Virtual Field Trip themes; if you have any requests or recommendations, please send them to Renee Keul at renee.keul@maine.edu, and please also consider filling out our short Educator Survey Form


Virtual Field Trip Themes for Elementary

“World Geography & Landforms”
Suitable for Grades 2 – 5
This highly interactive Virtual Field Trip focuses on important geographic concepts and terminology. The synchronous session will take approximately 45 minutes, depending on the age of the students. Pre-teaching worksheets include:
     • Scale & Compass Roses –> Answers
     • Geography Vocab Crossword –> Answers
     • Oceans and Continents Matching –> Answers

“New England Geography”
Suitable for Grades 2 – 5
This highly interactive Virtual Field Trip focuses on the geography of New England, including its states and primary cities, major landforms, and natural resources. The synchronous session will take approximately 45 minutes, depending on the age of the students. Pre-teaching worksheets include:
     • New England Geography –> Answers

“Maine Geography”
Suitable for Grades 2 – 5
This highly interactive Virtual Field Trip focuses on the geography of Maine, including its counties and primary cities, major landforms, and natural resources. The synchronous session will take approximately 45 minutes, depending on the age of the students. Pre-teaching worksheets include:
     • Maine Crossword Puzzle –> Answers


Virtual Field Trip Themes for Middle School

“World Maps & Geography”
Suitable for Grades 6 – 8
This highly interactive Virtual Field Trip is broken into two 40-minute sessions. The first session consists of a review of important geographic concepts and terminology. The second session uses world maps and globes to introduce students to the concept of Worldview, and how different cultures may promote different views of the world. Students are asked to consider world maps not as objective representations of reality, but as products of their creators’ worldviews and motivations. Pre-teaching worksheets include:
     • Using Important Map Features –> Answers
     • Optional: Geography Vocab Crossword –> Answers

“Maine History in Maps”
Suitable for Grades 6 – 8
This highly interactive Virtual Field Trip lasts approximately 45-60 minutes and explores the events and development in Maine’s history as seen through maps. Within the week previous to the Virtual Field Trip session, we recommend that teachers conduct the following pre-teaching with their students:
     • Wikhikon (Birchbark Maps), created by the educators at the Abbe Museum. The lesson requires three maps from 1888-89 Annual report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution:
                    Fig. 449, Penobscot Notice of Direction
                    Fig. 450, Passamaquoddy Notice of Direction
                    Fig. 457, Passamaquoddy Wikhegan [old spelling]
     • Clip from James Francis Lecture, “Penobscot Sense of Place” [BEGIN at 1:08:21 and END at 1:13:36]
     • Optional: Maine History Crossword –> Answers
     • Optional: Earliest Map of Maine Worksheet –> Answers
     • Optional: Have students practice finding Wabanaki place names on google maps. As reference, you can use this map with Wabanaki place names, compiled by Bates College students for Donald Soctomah and Micah Pawling’s “Wabanaki History in Maine” class: LINK to Wabanaki Place Names Map

“Maine Geography”
Suitable for Grades 6 – 8
This highly interactive Virtual Field Trip reviews the geography of Maine, including its counties and primary cities, major landforms, and natural resources. The synchronous session will take approximately 35 minutes, depending on the age of the students. Pre-teaching worksheets include:
     • Maine Crossword Puzzle –> Answers

“New England Geography”
Suitable for Grades 6 – 8
This highly interactive Virtual Field Trip focuses on the geography of New England, including its states and primary cities, major landforms, and natural resources. The synchronous session will take approximately 35 minutes. Pre-teaching worksheets include:
     • New England Geography –> Answers


Virtual Field Trip Themes for High School

“Maine History in Maps”
Suitable for Grades 9+
This highly interactive Virtual Field Trip lasts approximately 45 minutes and explores the events and development in Maine’s history as seen through maps. Within the week previous to the Virtual Field Trip session, we recommend that teachers conduct the following pre-teaching with their students:
     • Wikhikon (Birchbark Maps), created by the educators at the Abbe Museum. The lesson requires three maps from 1888-89 Annual report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution:
                    Fig. 449, Penobscot Notice of Direction
                    Fig. 450, Passamaquoddy Notice of Direction
                    Fig. 457, Passamaquoddy Wikhegan [old spelling]
     • Clip from James Francis Lecture, “Penobscot Sense of Place” [BEGIN at 1:08:21 and END at 1:13:36]
     • Optional: Maine History Crossword –> Answers
     • Optional: Earliest Map of Maine Worksheet –> Answers
     • Optional: Have students practice finding Wabanaki place names on google maps. As reference, you can use this map with Wabanaki place names, compiled by Bates College students for Donald Soctomah and Micah Pawling’s “Wabanaki History in Maine” class: LINK to Wabanaki Place Names Map

“World Maps in History”
Suitable for Grades 9+
This highly interactive Virtual Field Trip uses world maps and globes to introduce students to the concept of Worldview, and how different cultures may promote different views of the world. Students are asked to consider world maps not as objective representations of reality, but as products of their creators’ worldviews and motivations. Pre-teaching worksheets include:
     • Optional: Geography Vocab Crossword –> Answers
     • ONE of the following videos:
                    Option 1: Map Men, “Why every world map is wrong”
                    [Content Warning: one instance of profanity, and a reference to sexuality; please preview]
                    Option 2: Vox, “Why all world maps are wrong”
                    [Not as entertaining as the previous video, but may be preferable for less mature audiences]


We also have many resources that can be accessed at home:

Educational Games
Worksheets & Activities
MapPlay Website
Learn at Home pages
     • Maine State History
     • Colonial New England
     • Growth of the United States
     • History of Portland
     • World Maps & Geography

We look forward to resuming regular programming when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, thank you for your patience and understanding. Please contact renee.keul@maine.edu with any questions.


REGULAR PROGRAMMING - CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

 

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 2-4
    • 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 4-5
    • 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.
  • 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 4-12
    • 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.
  • 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.

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.