Resources for Teachers
Need a few ideas to help reinforce the great things your students learned during a Winterthur school program? Need a bit of inspiration to guide your use of objects as primary sources in the classroom? Look no further! We’ve assembled some great pre-materials, and we offer workshops on a regular basis where you can try activities to use with your own students.
Teachers who book a Winterthur school program receive a confirmation sheet, bus driving directions, a brief history of Winterthur flyer, and a list of suggestions for a super field trip or outreach program in the mail. We also have available a brief power point presentation about Winterthur available to share with yoru students, which can also be downloaded as a pdf, serving as a script. We've also put together a Field Trip Checklist to ensure your trip to Winterthur is the best!
To further prepare your students to their trip to Winterthur and better incorporate the trip into your lessons, we have preapred pre- and post-visit materials. These range from activities and worksheets to writing prompts and games.
All pre- and post-visit material is now available on our Schoology page via the access code: P6WQP-B64P2.
In addition to on-site and off-site programs for teachers and schools, Winterthur also provides teachers with a quarterly e-newsletter titled Classroom Connections, which provides information on the programs we are currently offering and activities that can be integrated into classroom curriculum. Our latest in-classroom activity is related to temperature and humidity and how they affect the preservation of objects. Click on the following link for the activity sheet. To sign up for the quarterly e-newsletter, please visit our sign-up page.
Upcoming Teacher Workshops
Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Please call the Winterthur Information and Tours office at 302.888.4600 or 800.448.3883 to register. The cost is $15 per person for each workshop, unless otherwise noted. Winterthur Members are admitted free. Delaware teachers wishing to receive credit should also register through the Delaware Teacher Center by calling 800.282.8770. Attendance is limited.
Friday, March 31, 2017; 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Drop in after school to check out the resources Winterthur offers you and your students, including programs that take place either here at the museum or in your own classroom. This informal introduction will include hands-on exploration of a few of our curriculum-based activities and to a few of the museum spaces we use. Education staff members will be on hand to answer questions. After the preview, stay to mingle with friends during Winterthur After Hours. Preview is free for teachers. No advance registration necessary. Pay what you wish to attend Winterthur After Hours. The Delaware Teacher Center will provide 1 clock hour for teachers who attend the preview.
Saturday, May 6, 2017; 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Join Melissa Tedone, Book & Library Conservator, to learn about some incredible books in the Winterthur library; then learn some techniques used by book conservators and artists. After this workshop you will be ready to share the skills and knowledge utilized by art conservators with your students and fellow teachers.
Behind the Scenes at Winterthur: Treasures on Trial
Wednesday, July 19, 2017; 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Go behind the scenes of our special exhibiton, Treasures on Trial, to uncover the stories of the fakes and forgeries on view. You will meet with some of the staff who researched, designed, and gathered objects for this show and learn about some of the tools and techniques they use to separate fact from fiction. Please bring a brown-bag lunch.
Yuletide at Winterthur
Saturday, December 2, 2017; 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Come experience Winterthur in all its seasonal glory! After taking the Yuletide tour, talk with the curator who desgns it each year and then engage your creativity as you make a craft inspried by some of the objects and traditions exhibited on the tour.
Field Trip Scholarship Application
Through the generosity of corporate sponsors, scholarships are available to qualifying groups based on diversity of student population, percentage of students who receive free or reduced lunch, and the amount of state or federal aid the organization receives. Such financial aid can cover off-site program costs, student admission fees, and transportation costs of up to $250 per day.
E-mail the information, requested below, to email@example.com or send it in a letter to the School Programs Office, Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Delaware 19735. Alternatively, fax the application letter to us at 302.888.4953.
If you prefer, you can print and fill out this application form and mail or fax it to us.
Apply as soon as possible after making your reservation. We will notify you within two days of receipt to confirm the amount of your award. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Date and title of your program
Teacher’s e-mail address and phone number
Number of students who receive free or reduced lunches
Amount of state/federal aid your organization receives
Name or person or group who usually pays for museum programs or trips
Whether you are applying for transportation funding and the estimated amount needed.