School Visits

Field Trips to the Morris Museum offer exciting explorations of a specific subject or theme. Exhibition programs are designed to meet curriculum standards in the language arts, literacy, sciences, social studies, and visual arts. A professional museum educator will lead your students through our galleries and engage them in a lively discussion. Programs are designed to allow students to experience learning in a hands-on, minds-on way using museum artifacts, reproductions, and interactive activities.

To learn more about these programs, see our 2015/2016 Adventures in Learning BROCHURE.

CHANGING EXHIBITIONS

All programs are 60 minutes in length.

THE FASHIONABLE CHILD: 200 YEARS OF DRESSING OUR CHILDREN
Through November 29, 2015
Grades: K-4 

Showcasing exquisite examples from the Morris Museum collections, this exhibit explores trends in children’s fashion from the early 1800s to 2015. Students will view special occasion wear and christening gowns, play outfits, sleepwear, outerwear and accessories, including hats, bonnets and shoes. The exhibit will also include a variety of baby blankets and children’s furniture. Program will end with a clothing inspired craft.

CCCS Visual and Performing Arts: 1.1.D, 1.2.A, 1.3.D, 1.4.A, 1.4.B CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.B, 6.1.D

CLEARLY COMPELLING: GLASS ART FROM TIFFANY TO CHIHULY
September 19 – December 6, 2015
Grades: K-4 

Drawing from the Morris Museum collection and loans from private collectors, this sparkling exhibition will showcase unique and exquisite examples of studio art glass. Students will explore a variety of methods and the evolution of the studio art glass movement and then create their own mock “glass” masterpiece.

CCCS Visual and Performing Arts: 1.1.D, 1.2.A, 1.3.D, 1.4.A, 1.4.B

ANIMAL KINGDOM: RECYCLED TOYS AS ART
December 19 – March 6, 2016
Grades: K-4

Students will experience the creative works of artists via sculptures created out of recycled toys and other childhood favorites. Explore the “wild” side of recycled toys and see creatures made of LEGOs, colored pencils, and building blocks! Students will test their own creativity by using recyclables to make their own art.

CCCS Visual and Performing Arts: 1.1.D, 1.2.A, 1.3.D, 1.4.A, 1.4.B

TEXT MESSAGES
December 5, 2015 – April 10, 2016
Grades: K-4

Text messages have become one of the most popular methods of communication. For this exhibition, artists had free rein to explore ‘text messages’ — from the obvious connection to modern technology to works comprised solely of actual or implied writing.

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CCCS Visual and Performing Arts: 1.1.D, 1.2.A, 1.3.D, 1.4.A, 1.4.B

GREEN FROM THE GET GO: INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY BASKETMAKERS
March 19 – June 26, 2016
Grades: K-5

This fascinating exhibition showcases more than 40 works by artists who take inspiration from nature and the history of basketry. Students will learn about the concept of sustainability as part of the design and craft process and how each maker brings their personal perspective to the design and fabrication process. Students will discuss the interconnected relationship of man with nature and complete a simple weaving project.

CCCS Visual and Performing Arts: 1.1.D, 1.2.A, 1.3.D, 1.4.A, 1.4.B

EBB AND FLOW: SEASCAPES AND OCEAN CONSERVATION
April 2 – August 15, 2016
Grades: K-4

Drawing from the museum’s collection, this exhibition will feature seascapes, samples of sand from hundreds of the world’s beaches, coral, sea shells, and other natural science specimens. This exhibition will also help students explore the environmental issues that are impacting the world’s oceans and sea creatures and what we can all do to help. Students will create their own ocean inspired artwork.

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CCCS Science 5.1.A, 5.1.D, 5.3.C, 5.3.E, 5.4.B
CCCS Visual and Performing Arts: 1.1.D, 1.2.A, 1.3.D, 1.4.A, 1.4.B

PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS

The following Exhibition Programs are based on permanent exhibitions and are available throughout the entire school year. All programs are 60 minutes in length.

NEW JERSEY NATURE WALK
Grades: K-4

Children will explore the diversity of the animal kingdom as they learn about the characteristics of reptiles, mammals, and birds and discuss some that are native to New Jersey. Students will examine and handle a variety of objects found in nature, including deer antlers, turtle shells, and snake skin, while exploring our Mammal Gallery.

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CCCS Science: 5.1.A, 5.1.D, 5.3.B, 5.3.C, 5.3.E

EARTH EXPLORERS
Grades: K-4

Students will learn about the Earth and its prehistoric inhabitants. In the Rock and Mineral Gallery, students will learn about simple geological processes, as they handle and observe a variety of rocks and minerals. Students will also learn about prehistoric life while handling fossils, such as dinosaur eggs and tracks, along with replicas in the permanent exhibition, Digging Dinosaurs. Students will gain an understanding of the origins and development of life in our newest permanent exhibition, A Story of Life on Earth: Fossils Tell the Tale

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CCCS Science: 5.1.A, 5.1.D, 5.4.B, 5.4.C

ROCKIN’ MINERALS
Grades: 2-8

This program focuses on the Earth and its geological processes, including volcanoes and fossil formation. Students examine and handle a variety of geological specimens to learn about minerals, the three different types of rock, and how they are formed. Students will discover some of New Jersey’s unique rocks and minerals, including those that fluoresce. Optional activities can include mineral identification testing or making clay fossils.

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CCCS Science: 5.1.A, 5.1.D, 5.4.B, 5.4.C

DINOSAURS – THE PREHISTORIC EARTH
Grades: 2-8

Take a journey to the past and visit the Earth millions of years ago, when the dinosaurs roamed. Learn about dinosaurs, as well as the different reptiles and mammals that shared the Earth with them. Students will handle various materials, including real dinosaur fossils. At the conclusion of the program, students will learn how scientists name dinosaurs using Latin and Greek root words and create their own mixed media dinosaur.

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CCCS Science: 5.1.A, 5.1.D, 5.3.C, 5.3.E, 5.4.B

ENDANGERED SPECIES
Grades: 3-8

How do plants and animals become endangered? A lively discussion and hands-on activities focusing on habitats and food chains will increase students’ understanding of Earth’s biodiversity and the interdependence of all living things. Students will examine how both nature and human actions affect all living things. A group activity focused on food chains will teach students about the profound effect that one action has on all living creatures.

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CCCS Visual and Performing Arts: 1.3.A, 1.3.B
CCCS Science: 5.1.A, 5.1.D, 5.3.C, 5.3.E
CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.B, 6.3.B, 6.3.D

LEARNING TO LOOK
Grades: 2-12

Look, learn, and write! Students will examine a variety of objects from the Museum’s collection and learn to describe, analyze, and interpret artwork. This program will focus on the four stages of art criticism and will enable students to understand and analyze various types of art. Optional activities: students may individually select a piece of art and create a “museum label” for the artwork, or may conclude the program with sketching time.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy-CCSS.RI.(K-5).1,3,5 and 7; SL.(K-5).1A-D, 2, 3, 4 and 6
CCCS Visual and Performing Arts 1.1.D, 1.2.A, 1.3.D, 1.4.A, 1.4.B

NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURES
Grades: K-12

This program will introduce students to four different Native American geographical and cultural areas in the United States: Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, and Pacific Northwest. While handling artifacts from each of these culture areas, students will learn about everyday life and important role natural resources played for American Indian cultures. Students will also be introduced to innovative Native American technologies and have the opportunity to operate an Iroquois fire-pump drill.

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CCCS Visual and Performing Arts: 1.1.D, 1.2.A
CCCS Science: 5.3.C
CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.B, 6.1.C, 6.1.D, 6.2.B, 6.2.C, 6.2.D

MUSICAL MACHINES AND LIVING DOLLS
Grades: K-12

This program explores mechanical musical instruments and automata (mechanical figures) as reflections of their time by relating them to history, art, science, and technology. Discover how these inventions work (through the use of simple machines), the people who made them, and who enjoyed them before the “music on demand” era of CDs and iPods. Students will enjoy a live demonstration and visit the Guinness Gallery, where they will view nearly 150 machines that span over 300 years.

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CCCS Visual and Performing Arts 1.1.B, 1.1.D, 1.2.A, 1.3.B, 1.3.D
CCCS Science: 5.1.B, 5.1.D, 5.2.C, 5.2.D, 5.3.E
CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.C, 6.1.D, 6.2.C, 6.2.D

PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS

All programs are 60 minutes in length.

MUSICAL MACHINES AND LIVING DOLLS
Grade: Pre-K

Visit a word where metal combs can make music and dolls can come to life! The Murtogh D. Guinness Collection includes over 600 music boxes and automata that span over 300 years. Children will be introduced to simple machines and historical innovation. Specific vintage music boxes and automata will be demonstrated for the program. Children will also have an opportunity to explore the gallery and create their own punched paper roll.

CCCS Science : 5.1.P.A,B,C, 5.2.P.C

DINO TALES AND TURTLE TALES
Grade: Pre-K

This program is designed to introduce young visitors to museum galleries through story reading. The Dinosaur and Mammal Galleries are featured as children enjoy a story and then explore related handling materials.

CCCS Science : 5.1.P.A,B,C, 5.3.P.A,C

EARTH EXPLORERS
Grade: Pre-K

Young students will enjoy learning about the Earth and its prehistoric inhabitants. While in the Rock and Mineral Gallery, students will learn about simple geological processes, as they handle and observe a variety of rocks and minerals. Students will also learn about prehistoric life, while handling fossils, such as dinosaur eggs and tracks, along with speciman replicas in the permanent exhibition, Digging Dinosaurs. They will then explore our newest permanent exhibition, A Story of Life on Earth: Fossils Tell the Tale.

CCCS Science : 5.1.P.A,B,C, 5.3.P.A,C, 5.4.P.C

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

SURVIVORS SPEAK- A CONVERSATION WITH SURVIVORS OF THE HOLOCAUST
May 10, 2016, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM: Grades 6-12
May 11, 2016, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM: Grades 6-12
May 17, 2016, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM: Grades 6-12
May 18, 2016, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM: Grades 6-12

Program Fee: $8 per person
A reduced Museum admission price of $3 per person is available when purchasing tickets to any program for students in the Bickford Theatre.

Become a witness. Middle and high school students and teachers are invited to participate in this moving and significant program that brings students face-to-face with Holocaust Survivors in an educational environment.

Barbara Wind, director of the Holocaust Council of United Jewish Communities of MetroWest in Whippany, moderates the program and provides a brief overview of the Holocaust and its place in the history of genocide. Members of the United Jewish Communities Holocaust Council Speakers Bureau speak about their individual experiences during World War II and the Holocaust. From concentration camp survivors to hidden children, survivors give firsthand accounts of the atrocities of war and hate that are descriptive, powerful, and poignant. Students will have the opportunity to meet these living witnesses and participate in a question and answer period.

All special programs are held in the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre and pre-registration is required.

TOUCH THE MUSIC WITH MUSICAL MACHINES AND LIVING DOLLS
September, 2015 – February, 2016

Program Fee: $8 per person

During the months of September – February the Morris Museum will be offering this 2 hour program in conjunction with Touch the Music LLC. Students will attend the Musical Machines and Living Dolls exhibition program and have an opportunity for a hands-on exploration of musical instruments through Touch the Music.

HOW TO BOOK A FIELD TRIP

Call the Morris Museum at 973.971.3710 from 9:00AM to 3:00PM Monday through Thursday or email [email protected]

Field Trips are scheduled Tuesday through Friday by reservation only. Programs can be scheduled starting at 9:30AM.

Please have the following information available when you call to book your program.

• Date and hour of arrival
• School name, address, and phone number
• Email address
• School district and county
• Names of teachers accompanying the group
• Grade level
• Number of students and adults (one chaperone for every ten students is recommended)
• Any special needs or requests of the group

A confirmation letter that lists program specifics will be mailed to the contact teacher. Please review your letter carefully and let us know if you have any questions or concerns. A deposit of 50% is due upon receipt of this confirmation. The balance will be payable at the time of the program.

PRICING

• Program fee for Exhibition Field Trips is $8 per person, which includes teachers and chaperones.

• Groups must meet a 10 person paying minimum to receive a program. If groups do not meet the 10 person paying minimum, but wish to still receive a program, they will be charged $80.00 for the program ($8/person).

• Groups of 10 or more who wish to browse without a museum educator are charged $5 per person. Reservations are required to receive this reduced fee.GROUP SIZE

• Groups are limited to 30 students. Larger groups will be divided into sections.

• Groups must have 1 adult chaperone for every 10 students, but no more than 1 adult for every 10 children.

ARRIVAL

• Groups should arrive 10 minutes prior to their scheduled program start time to allow time for disembarkment from the bus and entrance into the museum, and check-in.

• The Museum does its best to accommodate late groups. If a conflict with other programs or groups arises, however, the museum reserves the right to adjust, change, or shorten the scheduled program.

LUNCH

• The Museum will strive to accommodate groups who request lunchroom facilities if space is available and the school provides advance notice.

• The outdoor picnic area at the Museum is also available by reservation, weather permitting.

• Please discuss all eating facility arrangements when you book your program.

TIPS AND HINTS

• Visit the Museum prior to your field trip to familiarize yourself with the Museum and to help prepare class activities. You will receive free admission if you let us know you are coming! Contact 973.971.3710 or [email protected] for details.

• Let us know what your students are studying and how the program you scheduled connects to your program topic. This will help us tailor your program to your specific needs.

• Before your trip, have students develop questions about the museum or the topic of their program. Compile the questions and bring them on the trip.

• Your museum visit does not have to be limited to your program! Access to the entire museum is included in the program cost, and students may browse with their chaperones before or after their program.

• Souvenir package options are available through the Museum Shop.