The Henry Ford and Romulus Community Schools
collaborated to create model programs and materials for students
and teachers that use community resources as a catalyst for teaching
and learning. During the 2003-2004 school year the fifth-grade
classes at Barth Elementary School in Romulus adopted the theme
of flight as a yearlong focus. Social studies, math, science and
English language arts curricula were adjusted to teach these core
subjects using the vast and varied resources of The Henry
Ford. Teachers, students and parents had the opportunity
to participate in a variety of arts and cultural experiences:
- Visiting the new exhibit Heroes of the Sky: Adventures
in Early Flight in Henry Ford Museum.
- Immersing themselves in the Wright
Brothers Home and Bicycle
Shop in Greenfield Village.
- “Being there” by watching the giant screen film The
Magic of Flight in The Henry Ford IMAX
- Delighting in live musical theater at an original play The
Flight Fantastic at the Anderson Theater in Henry Ford
Project activities were built around Heroes of the Sky,
a new Henry Ford Museum exhibit about the people, culture, science
and business of flight from the first 40 years of aviation. Lesson
plans, activities and projects that could be facilitated by teachers
in the Museum and classroom were created. Each are constructivist
and engage multiple intelligences and learning styles. All activities,
experiences and materials align with Michigan Curriculum Framework
Content Standards and Benchmarks.
This web site was made possible in part with funds from the
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.