Available Programs

Elementary Programs

Remember, although the programs are designed for specific grade levels, they can be modified to accommodate students of any age.

Make your reservation by calling 336.758.5282 or emailing moa@nullwfu.edu.

First Fire (Kindergarten)

By using objects, movement, and storytelling, children will be introduced to Native American culture.

Time required: 45 minutes.


First Families (1st Grade)

Native American families were similar to families today. Parents had to provide clothing, food, shelter, and education for their children. Children were not idle but had to help with chores. Through activities and artifacts, students will experience what it was like to be a Native American child.

Time required: 1.5 hours.


A Far Away Place (1st Grade)

thailand patternSpiritual beliefs in Thailand are a major influence on art, music, dance, and everyday life. Students will experience the unique culture of Thailand through images, artifacts, and activities.

Time required: 1.5 hours.


Farmers and Herders (2nd Grade)

The Masai, the Kikuyu, and the Turkana – who are these people that live in Kenya? By using images and artifacts, students will learn about the beliefs, traditions, and family life of each group. We will compare and contrast the lives of these people.

Time Required: 1.5 hours.


Surrounded by the Sea (2nd Grade)

Japan is a country made up of several islands. This japan shoesaffects every aspect of Japanese life. It dictates the size of communities, how families live, jobs, and the food they eat. Students will be exposed to Japanese culture through images, objects, and a traditional game.

Time required: 1.5 hours.


Between the Rivers (3rd Grade)

The Niger and Benue rivers roughly divide Nigeria in to three large areas occupied by the Yoruba, Ibo, and Hausa-Fulani people. Students will discover what makes each of these groups unique through images and artifacts.

Time required: 1.5 hours.


The Many Faces of China (3rd Grade)

chinese toolsThe many ethnic groups in China are spread across the land from the biggest cities to the most remote regions. Each of these peoples developed distinctive ways of living. Using images and artifacts, students will learn about the beliefs, traditions, and arts of China.

Time required: 1.5 hours.


City or Outback? (3rd Grade)

Where would you want to live in Australia? Through images and artifacts, students will learn about the differences between living in the urban areas versus the outback. Students will also be introduced to the native inhabitants, the Aboriginal people, through their art and music. They will see the influences of Aboriginal people on modern Australia.

Time required: 1.5 hours.


Where’s the Teepee? (4th Grade)

For more than 10,000 years, Native Americans have made North Carolina their home, but not in teepees. Through authentic and replicated artifacts students will learn how Native American life in North Carolina evolved over 12,000 years from the Paleo Indian to the Mississippian era.

Time required: 1.5 hours.


First Nations (5th Grade)

Before North America was explored by Europeans, millions of Native Peoples lived here. Images and artifacts will introduce students to how different environments influenced the beliefs and lifestyles of some of these peoples. Students will use the clues given to them during the program to find the answers to a matching game.

Time required: 1.5 hours.


Maya: A Continuing Story (5th Grade)

The Maya were conquered but not destroyed. maya templeStudents will learn about the Maya civilization the flourished from 2000 B.C. until 1520 A.D. and continues today. Using images and artifacts, students will discover how many ancient Maya traditions still survive.

Time required: 1.5 hours.


Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead (All grades)

dia de muertes maskStudents will learn about the celebration in Mexico. This program is available during MOA’s annual exhibit, September 12 to December 8, 2017.

Time required: 45 minutes to 1 hour.


Middle & High School Programs

Remember, although the programs are designed for specific grade levels, they can be modified to accommodate students of any age.

Make your reservation by calling 336.758.5282 or emailing moa@nullwfu.edu.

Archaeology: Not Like Indiana Jones (6th – 12th Grade)

archaeology tools

Students will tour different North Carolina and world archaeological sites through images and authentic and replica artifacts. Students will learn about excavation tools and methods used in both underwater and ground archaeology. We will discuss how scientifically gathered archaeological information has helped shape our understanding of past cultures and civilizations. Students will participate in an ancient vs. modern artifact identification activity. Classes taught in the Museum can be enhanced by a visit to the exhibit How Do They Know? The Science of Archaeology in the Yadkin River Valley.

Time required: 45 min. to 1 hour.


Understanding Africa: Traditions Today (7th Grade)

africa craftStudents will be exposed to ideas, values, beliefs, and traditions from Africa that may be unfamiliar to them. Through images, artifacts, and an activity, students will gain a new understanding of this continent.

Time required: 45 min. to 1 hour.


Belief and Faith: World Religions (7th – 12th Grade)

Religious beliefs and faith are a driving force for people around the world. Through images and artifacts, students will explore some of the world’s major and lesser-known religions.

Time required: 45 min. to 1 hour.


Money, Money, Money (7th – 12th Grade)

Currency around the world is ever changing in its value and style. Looking at images and artifacts, students will discuss why some objects have been considered valuable enough to be used as money.

Time required: 45 min. to 1 hour.

Please contact the Museum Educator for specific details relating to this program.


Rebirth of a Carolina People (8th – 12th Grade)

At one time the powerful Catawba Nation claimed brown vasemost of both Carolinas as its home. The struggling remnants of other Native American groups in the Piedmont joined them for protection. Because of war, disease, famine, and treaties, they almost lost their identity. Today the Catawba Nation and other native North Carolina people are flourishing again. Using images and artifacts, students will discover how these peoples contributed to our state and came back from the edge of extinction.

Time required: 45 min. to 1 hour.


Días de Muertos/Days of the Dead (All grades)

dia de muertes maskStudents will learn about the celebration in Mexico. This program is available during MOA’s annual exhibit, September 12 to December 8, 2017.

Time required: 45 minutes to 1 hour.