Resources for Before You Visit on a Field Trip

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Visit Guides, Curriculum Matches, and Pre-Visit Materials for Civics-Based Programs

Self-Guided Visit Materials

Self-Guided Materials

With the Explore option, 3rd–8th grade groups have the option to use our themed self-guided activity sheets to explore the Village.

Make History – Making It

Make History – Cooking and Eating

Make History – Amazing Agriculture

Indigenous Guide

Self-Guided Activities

Pre- and Post- Visit Worksheet

Town Meeting Resources (for Before Your Visit)

Below are downloadable tools to support your group’s participation in Town Meeting. Educators are strongly encouraged to use these materials in advance of your program.

Pre- and Post- Visit Materials

19th-Century Town Government Brief

Historical Background on the Poor and Poor Relief in Early 19th-Century New England

What to Expect for Town Meeting: Poor Relief in the 1830s

Abolition and Social Change in 19th-Century New England Resources (for Before Your Visit)

Below are downloadable tools to support your group’s participation in Town Meeting. Educators are strongly encouraged to use these materials in advance of your program.

What to Expect for Abolition and Social Change in 19th-Century New England

Pre-Visit Lesson

Learning Station Worksheets

Post-Visit Lesson: Music

Post-Visit Lesson: Poem 

Music and Anti-Slavery Resources for Post-Visit Lesson

Optional Additional Lesson Bios


Curriculum Matches

Students at all levels can access and enjoy the benefits of a field trip at Old Sturbridge Village through hands-on interaction, primary sources, and group discussion/reflection.

Review how field trips at OSV match up with specific curriculum standards:

Common Core Standards

Massachusetts Science and Technology

Massachusetts Social Studies

Connecticut Social Studies

Autism Spectrum Resources

Please feel free to utilize this know before you go guide, social story, visual schedule, and therapeutic self-guide for your visit. Created for visitors on the autism spectrum or those sensitive to stimulation, these resources will help to guide your trek around the Village, as well as prepare for a field trip or family visit. Please contact Museum Education with any questions by emailing or calling (508) 347-0287.

Know Before You Go Guide

Visual Schedule For Families

Old Sturbridge Village Social Story

Accessibility Self-Guide

3D Tours, Virtual Resources, and other Class/Home Activities

3D Tours

If you can’t visit Old Sturbridge Village in person, explore several of the Village’s buildings in this new 3D tour! Even if you have visited OSV many times before, this tour will allow virtual visitors to get up close to artifacts that are usually tucked behind barriers. Catalog the items in the Asa Knight Store, examine the pottery on the shelves in the pottery shop, and see what new discoveries you can make in the Freeman Farmhouse!

Throughout the tour, pins will allow you to look closer or learn new information. There are also new videos with some of the Village’s knowledgeable costumed historians to bring life to the spaces.

Check out our 3D tours here.

Lesson Plans for 3D Tours

These lesson plans, hands-on activities, and primary sources will enhance the 3D tour experience for your students!

Each lesson plan includes a worksheet PDF, which you can download below. To make it easier for remote learners, we have also created a Google Classroom with fillable documents that educators can download and assign to their students.

See currently available lesson plans and more here.

Hands-On Crafts, Writing Prompts, & More

Get busy with projects inspired by the village! Download instructions by clicking the links below:

e-Civics | Free Virtual Education Programs for Kids

School classes and home school groups are invited to join us for self-paced, interactive e-civics social studies programs from the comfort of home! Our e-Civics programs are an opportunity to test out some great classroom resources that meet many of the latest social studies standards for grades 5 and 8-12 in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Click here to learn more.


Additional Resources

Click here for additional primary source documents, articles, and papers.

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