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Dusty Old Dust

Grades 3-12

As they sit in a 1930s "house," students will experience the Dust Bowl through the stories, photographs, readings, video and music that come from both primary and secondary sources. The program will show how the drought and poor environmental practices greatly affected the quality of life for Panhandle people. School groups will be divided into groups of 30 or less and have a rotation schedule for the program.

TEKS: Social Studies: 4.4C, 4.5A, 4.7BC, 4.8 AD, 4.9ABC, 4.10B, 4.11AB, 4.13ABCDEF, Language Arts: 4.1ABC, 4.2C (TEKS are grade comparable)

The program is free with $3 student museum admission. Reservations must be made two weeks prior to visit.

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Come Make Your Own Connection Tours, Activities and Programs
Grades K-12

PPHM offers student tours that provide opportunities to make personal connections to the Texas Panhandle, to Texas and beyond, reinforcing subjects taught in the classroom. Tours can be customized to teacher specifications, content and duration during the scheduling process.


This visit can feature docent-guided or teacher-guided tours. Each guided tour lasts about 20-30 minutes. Large groups of students will be divided into smaller groups of 20-30 students. Each groups should have a teacher or chaperone in charge. Groups can choose up to three programs, activities and/or tours for their visit.

My Museum Journal - New design and content!
By teacher request, students receive a museum journal (no additional charge) that helps students stay focused and reinforce their writing skills. This journal contains vocabulary words, a Panhandle timeline and critical thinking questions and is recommended for 2nd through 6th grade students. This activity will be available for teacher-led tours only.

The program is free with $3 student museum admission. Reservations must be made two weeks prior to visit.

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PPHM Scavenger Hunts
Grades: K-7

Students become detectives with PPHM Scavenger Hunts, which assist students with word and object recognition while having a good time. They search in pairs either in the Pioneer Town exhibit or our Special Exhibit area in the basement to find the listed objects. This is a great end-of-school activity!

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The Science of Polymers
Grades 4-8

Students will explore what makes a polymer, how polymers relate to their everyday lives and will have an opportunity to do hands-on experiments related to polymers and liquid densities. Students will discover what makes a polymer and explore densities of liquids. Students will discuss everyday uses for polymers and how they relate to our lives. The lesson also features a hands on experiment with polymers and liquid densities.

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Geology and the Rock Cycle
Grades 4-8

Students will explore the rock cycle and how rocks are formed, then learn about how rocks relate to the panhandle geology and how oil is formed. Students will then be given the opportunity to do a hands-on activity related to the rock cycle.

Students will have the opportunity to learn how the rock cycle leads to strata in rock formations like Palo Duro Canyon. The lesson also features a hands-on activity.


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