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Traveling Trunks

Traveling Trunks let you bring the excitement of VDM into your classroom. Each Trunk comes with a binder full of information and lesson ideas, as well as all the specialized supplies you need for your class. Non-consumable supplies are included for up to 30 students at a time. For consumable supplies, such as worksheets, a master original is included so that you can make as many copies as needed. Each topic also includes online resources and cross-curricular extensions to fully integrate it into your classroom. Pick up a trunk at the museum, and it's yours for the week. 


Grade Level: All Ages


Using our StarLab Projector, we will bring the night sky inside and take a look at both Greek and Native American constellations. Then, get a chance to make your own constellation craft and share the story of how it came to be.

Primary SOLs: English K.1, 1.1, 1.13, 2.3, 2.12, 3.9 Science 3.8, 4.7
Early Learning Framework*: Logic & Reasoning, Science Knowledge & Skills, Social Studies Knowledge & Skills, Creative Arts Expression, Language Development

This program requires Museum staff and is priced differently. Please contact us for more information.

Grade Level: Preschool- Grade 1

Brass Menagerie

This series of fun animal games builds vocabulary and literacy skills while getting the group up and moving. Explore animal sounds in a fast paced trading game and test your class’s acting skills at animal charades.

Primary SOLs: English K.1, K.2, 1.1, 1.2, 1.5
Early Learning Framework*: Language Development, Logic & Reasoning, Science Knowledge & Skills

Sorting Sea Shells

Practice observation and sorting for different characteristics when you check out our extensive sea shell collection. Learn a bit about where shells come from and what they are used for as we look at what makes each one unique.

Primary SOLs: Science K.2, K.4, K.9, 1.5
Early Learning Framework*: Science Knowledge & Skills, Mathematics Knowledge & Skills

Q is for Quilts

Quilts are a great place for your students to look at patterns- in colors, in shapes, even in textures! Play with traditional quilt patterns inspired by our historic cabin then get creative making your own on paper or on a felt board.

Primary SOLs: Math K.11, K.12, K.16, 1.12 and 1.17
Early Learning Framework*: Mathematics Knowledge & Skills, Creative Arts Expression

* From the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework Domains

Grade Level: Grades 2-5

Passport to Nigeria

Your students will have the chance to interact with authentic artifacts from daily life in modern Western Africa. This trunk brings ancient civilizations like Mali into the present and into your classroom.

Primary SOLs: Social Studies 3.2, 3.4, 3.7, 3.8, and 3.12


This physics investigation uses toy cars to explore force and motion concepts. Designed to be adaptable, the activities can be done as class demonstrations, individual experiments, or stations for group work.

Primary SOLs: Science 4.2

Clay, Corn, and Clouds:The Pueblo Indians

Bring the Pueblo culture to life for your students. These artifacts from the American Southwest give kids a chance to experience hands-on history in a new way.

Primary SOLs: Social Studies 2.2, 2.4c,d

Trade for Cookies

Economics takes on a new urgency when trading well results in all the ingredients you need to make cookies! Explore concepts of supply and demand, scarcity, and barter in this exciting activity. Please note: eggs and butter not included in trunk. Please be aware of any allergy concerns in your group.

Primary SOLs: Social Studies 2.7-2.9