A partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), and Mastery Charter Schools
Unpacking the Past is a FREE three-year program that connects seventh grade classrooms studying ancient Egypt or Rome in the School District of Philadelphia, Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) Charter Schools, and Mastery Charter Schools with the world-renowned collections and teaching resources of the Penn Museum. Unpacking the Past takes a comprehensive approach to ensure that the experiences of both the students and the teachers are academically enriching and connected to the School District’s Scope and Sequence, Common Core curriculum, and 21st Century Skills.
Seventh grade students and teachers can explore ancient Egypt or Rome through this programmatic package:
Part 1: Classroom Outreach Lesson
Enhance your lessons about ancient cultures by bringing the Penn Museum to you. Outfitted in our Subaru Mummy Mobiles, our knowledgeable staff will bring a 45-minute multi-disciplinary lesson about archaeology and anthropology, all the lesson materials, and educational supplies for your classroom.
Part 2: Museum Trip and Workshop
Shortly after the outreach lesson, plan a visit to the Museum with buses, admission, and all programs provided for FREE. Receive a guided tour of our world-famous Egyptian or Roman galleries paired with a Mummy Makers or Making a Mosaic Hands-On Workshop. Students learn about mummification, preservation, and other key concepts through real objects and interactive activities. The tour and workshop package last two hours and students are free to explore the Museum following their educator-led activities.
Part 3: Showcase and Celebration
Showcase your student learning with a final project – conclude your studies of ancient civilizations by completing a final class project to complement your field trip and lesson. Utilize our great online resources as supporting materials (see Free Online Educator Resources). All participating students receive household memberships to visit the Penn Museum FREE for an entire year. Special Welcome School Student and Family Days presented in part by PECO will provide opportunities to showcase students' final projects and offer fun activities for families. Dates to be announced soon!
UNPACKING THE PAST TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS
Presented by PECO
Unpacking the Past is made possible through a generous lead grant awarded by GRoW Annenberg, a program of the Annenberg Foundation.
Additional funding provided by the Women’s Committee of the Penn Museum, the Christopher Ludwick Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, PECO and generous individual donors including the Estate of Ellen Cole Miller; Diane von Schlegell Levy and Robert M. Levy, WG74; Mrs. Louis Gerstley III, GM57; Marie A. Conn, Ph.D.; Barbara Rittenhouse; Jerry D. Levitt, M.D., C62, M66, FEL72, and Julie M. Levitt, Ph.D., C65; Mrs. Joel Bachman; and Donna Mackay, M.D. and Robert Mackay.