The Hometown Heroes

  • Using the museum’s City of Wheeling display, Ohio Valley Room, and other resources, students will look at various occupations that have existed or do exist in the Wheeling area.
  • Students will look at how Wheeling has changed over the years, from frontier outpost to industrial center, and now to retirement/tourist destination.
  • Students will look at how toys children play with have reflected the common occupations of the era, and have served over the years to teach children about the adult world.
  • Students will work in small groups to analyze and describe the objects in a “time capsule”. They will describe and organize this box of “artifacts” so as to learn about the era of the time capsule, and the lives of the people who made it up.
  • Students will make up a collection of “artifacts” to put in their own class time capsule, to represent their lives today. They will work together to decide what types of items to include and why, and to decide HOW a future discoverer of the capsule would view their generation.

The activities in this program will take about a half day at the museum. We can set your class up with either a morning or an afternoon visit. Should your class want to also have a bag lunch onsite (so as to avoid needing a separate lunch stop on your field trip), we do have space available for that, as well as refrigeration available for food.

Target Grade Level/Audience

West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives addressed (1st Grade):

  • SS.1.3.3 Compare and contrast occupations in the community.
  • SS.1.5.1 Identify ways communities change over time (eg., landscape, buildings, jobs, population).
  • SS.1.5.3 Identify characteristics of the past and contributions of heroic people using sources such as stories, folk tales, pictures, poems, songs, legends, holidays, and customs.
  • SS.1.5.6 Participate in the collection and organization of historical data.

Ohio K-2 Social Studies Benchmarks addressed:

  • History Benchmark C: Compare daily life in the past and present demonstrating an understanding that while basic human needs remain the same, they are met in different ways in different times and places. People in Societies Benchmark B: Identify ways that different cultures within the United States and the world have shaped our national heritage.
  • Social Studies Skills & Methods Benchmark A: Obtain information from oral, visual, print and electronic sources.
  • Social Studies Skills & Methods Benchmark C: Communicate information orally, visually or in writing.

Ohio most appropriate for Grade 2; academic content standards addressed:

  • History #4: Use historical artifacts, photographs, biographies, maps, diaries and folklore to answer questions about daily life in the past.
  • History #5: Identify the work that people performed to make a living in the past and explain how jobs in the past are similar and/or different from those of today.
  • History #6: Identify and describe examples of how science and technology have changed the daily lives of people and compare (a) forms of communication from the past and present, and (b) forms of transportation from the past and present.