Activities and Games

Resources for Educators

Old Salem Museums & Gardens recommends that students not complete activities and/or handouts while on site as it can detract from students’ overall experience and prevent them from retaining as much knowledge as possible.  The following activities have been designed with this in mind and are ideal for Pre-and/or Post-Visit experiences to Old Salem Museums & Gardens.

ACTIVITIES

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RAFT Writing Activity

A RAFT (Role of the Writer, Audience, Format, Topic) is a creative writing activity utilized by educators for students of all grade levels. RAFTs allow students to be creative, but allow educators to control how that creativity is being implemented to ensure that students get the most out of said activity.

This activity can be utilized with students of all age ranges and abilities and can be tailored to fit the needs of the student.

Old Salem Raft 1 (PDF)


Receipt (Recipe) Math Activity

In the 18th and 19th centuries people would cook and bake by following a receipt. Today, we call them recipes. German cookbooks, or receipt books, of the time period were very different from the English because they used different measurements and volumes. Utilizing the conversion tables, convert the following reciept measurements.

This activity in particular deals with math skills learned in 3rd and 4th grade. The PDF documents include the activity as well as the answer key (AK).

Old Salem Receipt Activity (PDF)

Old Salem Receipt Activity Answer Key (PDF)


Artifact Eye-Spy E-Book

To do this Artifact Eye-Spy E-Book you must have access to the internet and Microsoft PowerPoint.  First download the two power-point presentations to your computer.  Choose either the PowerPoint 2011 or the PowerPoint 1997-2004 versions.  Once downloaded, open main Artifact Eye-Spy presentation.  The vocabulary presentation is only for looking up terms while completing the main Artifact Eye-Spy presentation and need only be saved to the device being used in order to properly function. Once opened the E-Book is fairly straightforward.  Simply put the presentation into slide show viewer and follow the on screen instructions.  This activity can be completed individually or in a group context depending on computer access.

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Architectural Eye-Spy E-Book

To do this Architectural Eye-Spy E-Book you must have access to Microsoft PowerPoint.  Internet access is not required for this particular E-Book activity. First download the power-point presentation to your computer.  Choose either the PowerPoint 2011 or the PowerPoint 1997-2004 version. Once downloaded, open the presentation.  Once opened,  simply put the presentation into slide show viewer and follow the on screen instructions.  This activity can be completed individually or in a group context depending on computer access.

Internet Access Required

Architectural Eye-Spy

Architectural Eye-Spy Vocabulary

Architectural Eye-Spy (PowerPoint 97-04)

Architectural Eye-Spy Vocabulary (PowerPoint 97-04)

No Internet Access Required

Architectural Eye-Spy No Internet

Architectural Eye-Spy No Internet (PowerPoint 97-04)


Reading Comprehension: Buildings in Salem

Prior to visiting Old Salem Museums & Gardens, students can complete these reading comprehension worksheets about some of the buildings that they will get to see while visiting.  There are three levels available, depending on your personal needs: Elementary, Middle, and High School.

Reading Comp 1 Buildings Elementary (PDF)

Reading Comp 1 Buildings Middle School (PDF)

Reading Comp 1 Buildings High School (PDF)


Reading Comprehension: Biographies

Prior to visiting Old Salem Museums & Gardens, students can complete these reading comprehension worksheets about some of the people who lived in Salem.  Many of these individuals students will get to hear more about while visiting Old Salem.  There are three levels available, depending on your personal needs: Elementary, Middle, and High School.

Reading Comp 1 Bio Elementary (PDF)

Reading Comp 1 Bio Middle School (PDF)

Reading Comp 1 Bio High School (PDF)


Old Salem Word Splash

Use this Word Splash activity as a post-visit activity for your students after visiting Old Salem Museums & Gardens.  This writing prompt activity will allow students of all ages and skill levels to reflect on what they learned while visiting Old Salem.

Post Visit Word Splash (PDF)

Post Visit Word Splash Worksheet (PDF)


Sampler Activity

As early as 4 years of age, young girls in Salem, North Carolina, would learn to sew by starting out with cross-stitch.  One of the very first things that they would make would be a sampler.  A sampler was a way for these young girls to practice their sewing and demonstrate their skills.  Samplers typically included the alphabet in various fonts, the girl’s name, and various other design elements.   Let your students try their hand at designing their very own sampler.

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Salem and Trade in the 1700s: Geography Activity

Prior to or after visiting Old Salem Museums & Gardens, students can complete this reading comprehension driven geography activity and learn about the role of trade in Salem, North Carolina in the 1700s.  Students will read a brief article about trade and then will complete a questionnaire, which requires them to utilize their geography knowledge. This activity is ideal for students in Middle School.  The PDFs provided include the activity as well as an answer key for educators.

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GAMES

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The Royal and Most Pleasant Game of Goose

The Royal and Most Pleasant Game of Goose is one of the earliest known board games and is considered by many to be a colonial predecessor to modern-day games like Shoots and Ladders.  While visiting Old Salem, students will be able to visit The Tavern Museum and see The Public Room where games, including the Game of Goose, were played by tavern guests.

​The PDF documents include both the rules and a printable playing board.

Goose Game (PDF)

Goose Rules (PDF)


Mancala

Mancala is a game that has had many different versions throughout history and has been played in many different countries.  It is especially popular in countries located on the continent of Africa.  It is a game that possibly would have been played by enslaved people in Salem, North Carolina.  When visiting Old Salem, students may be able to play Mancala at St. Philip’s African Moravian Log Church.

The PDF documents include both the rules and a printable playing board.

Mancala Rules (PDF)

Mancala (PDF)


Nine Men’s Morris

The game Nine Men’s Morris has its origins dating back to ancient times, but became increasingly popular in colonial America.  There are several different versions of this game, including Three Men’s Morris, played with 3 tokens each, and Twelve Men’s Morris, played with 12 tokens each. While visiting Old Salem, students will be able to visit the Tavern Museum and see the Public Room where games, including Nine Men’s Morris, were played by tavern guests.

The PDF documents include both the rules and a printable playing board.

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Nine Pins

The game of Nine Pins is the predecessor to modern day bowling.  The major differences between the two games are that modern bowling is played with 10 pins and the object of the game is to score as many points as possible.  Nine Pins, however, is played with only 9 pins and is typically played until a player reaches a predetermined number of points.  There are many different variations of Nine Pins.  Nine Pins became popular in the United States during the Colonial and Victorian Eras.

The PDF documents contains the rules and instructions on how to make your own set of Nine Pins.

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