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Model T Centennial
For Teachers

TAKE THE HENRY FORD TO YOUR CLASSROOM

  • The Model T Road Trip: Interactive Module
    This online interactive activity allows learners to follow a fictional family's adventures in 1919 as they shop for, buy, drive, and plan a vacation in a new Model T.

  • The Model T Road Trip: Materials for Teachers
    Find Model T lesson plans and other activities for the classroom. Standards-based lessons include "The Road Trip: Then and Now" and "The $5.00 Day: A Mixed Blessing?"
    (Curriculum Connections)

  • Getting in on the Act I: The Model T Commemorative Coin Unit Plan (Elementary)
    Using the Model T Commemorative Coin Bill as the subject of inquiry, this comprehensive unit designed for grades 2-4 supports student understanding in civics, history, and English.  By addressing the same problem faced by members of Congress — Should Congress require the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury to mint Model T Commemorative Coins? — students will learn about the structure and function of government, as well as the history and significance of the Model T and assembly line.  In addition, they will gain important skills in taking and defending a position, writing a persuasive letter, and exercising their rights and responsibilities as citizens.  The unit includes historical background information, a suggested pre-instructional assessment, seven lesson plans, a suggested cumulative assessment, and a bibliography of text and online resources.
    (Curriculum Connections)
    For feedback from teachers who used the pilot unit, click here.


  • Getting in on the Act II: The Model T Commemorative Coin Unit Plan
    (High School)

    We challenge your high school students to consider the same question being faced by members of the U.S. Congress: Should Congress require the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury to mint Model T commemorative coins? The question isnít as simple as it sounds. We ask students to become engaged by writing a persuasive letter regarding the proposed coin. But first they must become informed by considering the history and significance of the Model T and moving assembly line. Although this unit is intended for a civics class, it also fits neatly into history and English, providing
    a wonderful cross-curricular opportunity.

TAKE YOUR CLASS TO THE HENRY FORD

  • What's My Assembly Line? in Henry Ford Museum
    Available Spring 2008
    Take a shift on the assembly line in this audience participation game show!
    This program is made possible, in part, by Ford Motor Company

  • Build a Model T in Henry Ford Museum
    Available May Ė December 2008
    Grab a wrench and join us as we celebrate Henry Fordís Model T! Help build a real Model T and gain a new perspective about Henry Ford and the car that made him famous in this new daily program.
    This program is made possible, in part, by Ford Motor Company

  • History Hunters for the Museum and Village
    Available Spring 2008

    Teachers and students can take part in Investigating the Model T in Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village with these downloadable History Hunters, designed especially for school groups.

  • The Model T Heritage Tour: A Self-Guided Tour Itinerary for Henry Ford Museum
    Want to focus all or part of your visit to The Henry Ford on the Model T? Use this self-guided tour itinerary to connect artifacts and exhibits throughout Henry Ford Museum into a coherent story about the Model T and its impact on American lives and landscapes. The text can serve as a "script" for you and your chaperones as you lead students through Henry Ford Museum to teach them about the Model T. Use the text as is, or adapt it according to your students' age levels and needs.

  • The Model T Heritage Tour: A Self-Guided Tour Itinerary for Greenfield Village
    Tour the artifacts, exhibits and sites associated with the development of the Model T. The itineraries are rich with Model T-related stories that provide in-depth information and questions for teachers, group leaders and students.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • The World of the Model T -- Two-day International Conference
    July 17-19, 2008
    Join us in July for two full days of programming that will satisfy auto historians and enthusiasts of all persuasions. Discuss, listen, and explore presentations on the impact of the Model T in the U.S. and the world. Spend a day with expert guides visiting historic sites associated with the Model T story. Enjoy a day of presentations and programs at The Henry Ford, including a closing banquet in Greenfield Village.
    This program is made possible, in part, by Ford Motor Company

  • Ideas and Innovations Lecture Series
    The Model T: A Car for the Great Multitude

    September 7, 2008
    Greenfield Village
    Robert Casey, Curator of Transportation at The Henry Ford and one of America’s foremost Model T experts, will discuss his newly published book, The Model T: A Centennial History (Johns Hopkins University Press). There will be copies available for sale and a book signing.
    This program is made possible, in part, by Ford Motor Company

  • National Council for Geographic Education Annual Conference
    October 9-12, 2008

    Participate in sessions on the Model T and the impact of the automobile as well as more general workshops designed specifically for teachers. Additional fee and advance reservations required.
    Sponsored by the National Council for Geographic Education
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