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At the museum, we see lots of different kinds of people filling the role of ‘group leader’. We see teachers, parents, big sisters, that big kid in the fourth grade… Whoever you are, if you’re leading a group of students on a tour through the museum, you may want to boost your confidence before the big day (i.e. before you’re a tour guide). That way, you’ll know what to say when your students start asking questions about history. You may be thinking, ‘That doesn’t happen!’ …but in a museum, trust us, it does.
Cleaver, Joanne. Doing Children’s Museums: A Guide to 225 Hands-on Museums. Charlotte, VT: Williamson Pub., 1988.
Falk, John H., and Lynn D. Dierking. The Museum Experience. Washington, DC: Whalesback Books, 1992.
Finn, David. How to Visit a Museum. NY: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Publishers, 1985.
Gartenhaus, Alan. Minds in Motion: Using Museums to Expand Creative Thinking (2nd edition). San Francisco, CA: Caddo Gap Press, 1993.
Green, Bob, and D. G. Fulford. To Our Children’s Children: Preserving Family Histories for Generations to Come. NY: Doubleday, 1993.
Greene, Wilma Prudhum. Museums and Learning: A Guide for Family Visits. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Research and Improvement and Smithsonian Office of Education, April 1998.
Grinder, Alison L., and E. Sue McCoy. The Good Guide: A Sourcebook for Interpreters, Docents and Tour Guides. Scottsdale, AZ: Ironwood Publishing, 1985.
Hein,George E. and Mary Alexander. Museums: Places of Learning. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 1998
MacDowell, Marsha (Editor). Folk Arts in Education: A Resource Handbook. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Museum, 1987.
Mann, Kenny. Observe and Deduce: An Artifacts Game. Creative Classroom, 8(3) (Nov./Dec. 1993), pp.70-72.
Metcalf, Fay D., and Matthew T. Downey. Using Local History in the Classroom. Nashville, TN: The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), 1982.
Michigan History for Kids and The Mitten. Published by Michigan History magazine and used in fourth grade classrooms. Previous issues may be purchased from Michigan History or download free PDFs of the issues and teacher’s guides online. Contact Michigan History for more information.
Neal, Arminta. Exhibits for the Small Museum: A Handbook. Nashville, TN: American Association for State and Local History, 1976.
Nichols, Susan K. (Editor). Museum Education Anthology,1973-1983. Washington, DC: Museum Education Roundtable, 1984.
Schlereth, Thomas J. Artifacts and the American Past. Nashville, TN: American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), 1980.
Tunnell, Michael O., and Richard Ammon (Editors). The Story of Ourselves: Teaching History Through Children’s Literature. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1993.
Voris, Helen H., Maija Sedzielarz, and Carolyn P. Blackmon. Touch the Mind, Touch the Spirit: A Guide to Focused Field Trips. Chicago, IL: Department of Education, Field Museum of Natural History, 1986. (Published by the Department of Education, Field Museum of Natural History, Roosevelt Road and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605.
Waterfall, Milde, and Sarah Grusin. Where’s the Me in Museum: Going to Museums with Children. Arlington, VA: Vandamere Press, AB Associates, 1989. (Chapter Five–“History Museums: The Saving Place”)