Welcome Teachers! The USS Constitution Museum is committed to providing teachers with the tools and support they need to teach about USS Constitution and the War of 1812. Here you’ll find information on our K-12 interdisciplinary theme unit, teacher workshops, and resources to help fund a visit to the Museum.
Field Trips to the Museum
Our interactive, hands-on programs and tours for students (Grades PreK – 12th) bring to life the diverse crew on board USSConstitution and encourage your students to make personal connections with history. For a full listing of your offerings visit the Groups & Field Trips page or download our group brochure here.
Museum Provided Funding
The USS Constitution Museum is proud to be able to offer the following funding opportunities to groups interested in visiting the Museum. If you believe your group qualifies, please mention your eligibility at the time of reservation.
If you teach in a public or private school in the following neighborhoods: Acton, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Brookline, Burlington, Cambridge, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Medford, Newton, Somerville, Waltham, Watertown, Winchester or Woburn, then you are eligible for funding. Thanks to the Cambridge Savings Charitable Foundation, schools in these locations can visit the Museum for free and receive up to a $100 bus reimbursement. This funding includes all of our reserved facilitated programs. Availability is limited.
Schools are responsible for researching and applying for the following programs.
Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Big Yellow School Bus Program – FREE Transportation
The Big Yellow School Bus program provides grants to help Massachusetts’ schools meet the transportation costs of educational field trips. Applications are reviewed on a “first-received, first-funded” basis for as long as the funds last. Applications are available online at www.massculturalcouncil.org.
Target Field Trip Grants
The Target Foundation provides grants, up to $700, to offset the cost of educational field trips. K-12 schools are eligible to apply between August 1st and September 30th. Find out more information at https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/grants/field-trip-grants
After the Visit
Our funders would love to hear from you! If you receive funding for a visit to the Museum, please consider having your class write thank-you letters to the organization that made your trip possible. Letters should be sent to the USS Constitution Museum, P.O. Box 291812, Boston, MA 02129 and we will forward them appropriately.
A Sailor’s Life for Me: War of 1812 Curriculum
This interdisciplinary K-12 curriculum provides activities for students and teachers to learn about the USS Constitution and the War of 1812. The curriculum is complete with print-ready worksheets, illustrations, primary sources and artifacts and online portals to our award winning A Sailor’s Life for Me game. All lessons and activities are linked to the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies.
All Hands on Deck: Learning Adventures Aboard “Old Ironsides”
Need lesson plan ideas? Download free K-12 classroom activities and a 20 minute video that are teacher tested and approved. Find inspiration for teaching a wide range of disciplines through the lens of “Old Ironsides,” America’s most treasured ship.
The Museum is pleased to offer teacher workshops. Come away with concrete tools and ideas to use in your classroom with primary source documents and the stories and history of “Old Ironsides.” Workshops are conducted at the USS Constitution Museum or at your school/site. Professional Development Points may be available.
For more details, please contact Jodie Smith, Manager of Academic Programs at 617-426-1812 ext. 131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.