Suggested Educator Resources
Please feel free to utilize these suggested educator resources in your classroom to help enhance the learning experience. Whether used as stand-alone activities or in conjunction with a Museum visit, this information is sure to leave a lasting impression!
Prepare for Your Visit to the Museum
What should students and groups remember when visiting a museum?
- No cell phones, photography or videotaping is allowed, unless they are being used to complete an assignment given by the teacher or Museum Educator/Docent.
- Respect the artifacts and exhibits. Keep a safe distance from the objects, platforms and cases.
- Food, drinks, and chewing gum are not allowed in the galleries.
- Be respectful of other visitors in the Museum.
- Don’t touch anything unless the Museum Educator/Docent says it’s ok.
- Walk – don’t run.
- Stay together as a group.
- Raise your hand if you have a question.
- Respect what the Museum Educator/ Docent has to say and respect your classmate’s comments & opinions.
The Three Sisters
- Watch a video about the Three Sisters featuring Darlene Kascak from the Institute For American Indian Studies. Find the video here.
- Work with students to create a timeline of the historic events that they learned about. What other local, regional, or national events should be included?
The Burning of Fairfield
At the Fairfield Museum, the students will act out the Burning of Fairfield story in groups. The Reader’s Theatre will take place inside the Sun Tavern. Have the students read and familiarize themselves with:
- Burning of Fairfield: Handout with Story, Map & Primary Source Activity
- “Burning of Fairfield Drama – Reader’s Theatre”
IF YOU HAVE 4 CLASSES: Please have all of the students read through all sections. Classes will be divided into three groups at the Fairfield Museum for the 3-part rotation.
- The teacher should put the students into 4 groups.
- Print copies of the Reader’s Theatre, but only give the groups THEIR SECTION. They will not know how the rest of the story will happen.
- Have the groups assign characters (some students will play more than one).
- Students should have time to practice their sections before the field trip.
Two Fairfield Families
- Divide students into two groups.
- Half will read about the Silliman family and half will read about the Burr family.
- Students report back to the class (either individually or in groups) about the article: What did they learn? What more do they want to find out?
- Optional: Have the students complete the questions at the end of the articles (either individually or in groups)
- Download the handouts:
- Captain Isaac Jennings brought his family aboard his ship William Chamberlain from August 1, 1861 until January 1, 1862. After his wife, Mary, and daughter, Minnie, return home, Captain Jennings returns to sea. Now that he is alone, he misses his family, especially his daughter. Have students read the letter that Captain Isaac Jennings wrote to his daughter Minnie starting on page. Why did Captain Jennings write a letter to his daughter? If you were asked to write a letter to a loved one, who would you write to? Download the excerpt from the letter and the transcription.
- Work with students to create a timeline of the events during the American Revolution. What other local, regional, or national events should be included?
Additional Resources by Topic
Explore each section to discover how stories and events shape our history, how objects tell the story of a community, and how each member of a community plays an important role.
Native American Culture
For thousands of years, many Native American tribes have lived in what we now call Connecticut. The early Paugussett tribes lived in small communities and villages around the area now called Fairfield. Learn more about their traditions and culture.
Colonial Life & The C. 1750 Ogden House
An activity about colonial life that utilizes The Ogden House Gazette for students to read and answer questions.
The Burning of Fairfield
The American Revolution transformed Fairfield. Learn about the town during the war years, what happened during the Burning of Fairfield, and how people experienced it.
The Battle of Ridgefield
Find out more about the important battle between British and Loyalist forces on April 27, 1777. Includes a handout for students to read, primary sources to analyze, and connections between the battle and Fairfield residents.
The Culper Spy Ring
Includes a map, bio on Caleb Brewster (buried in the Old Burying Ground in Fairfield), and additional resources. Non-fiction text may also be used for student reading.
The French, Connecticut & the American Revolution
Additional information on the connections between the French and the Patriots. Includes information on Benjamin Franklin, relationships with France, Rochambeau and the French troops movement through Connecticut, and how the Culper Spy Ring helped the French troops get to Yorktown. Also includes non-fiction text that may be used for student reading.
What role did Fairfield play in each of Connecticut’s industries? Explore different people, artifacts, and their stories.
Coming to Fairfield
Discover the stories of how and why different people came to and settled in Fairfield.
Reading Lists for Creating Community: 400 Years of Fairfield Stories
Reading lists for children, young adults, and adults features resources from the Fairfield Public Library, organized around different themes and topics explored in the Fairfield Museum’s flagship exhibition Creating Community: 400 Years of Fairfield Stories. Visit the Fairfield Public Library to explore these resources to complement your experience in the exhibition.