The Whydah Pirate Museum offers curriculum guides and lesson plans to help educators utilize the history and science behind the Whydah’s discovery in their classrooms. The museum’s education materials have been designed specifically with Massachusetts standards in mind.
While the museum’s curriculum guides and lesson plans work best in conjunction with a visit to the Whydah Pirate Museum, a field trip is by no means required. The content and lesson activities will function effectively independent of a visit. Teachers and students who do participate in a class trip, though, will find these lessons greatly enhanced by hands-on encounters with centuries-old artifacts, maps and artwork, and conservation tools and equipment.
The museum’s curriculum has been organized into two categories: History and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). For educators interested in history and social studies, please visit our history curriculum page. For educators interested in science, oceanography, archaeology, and underwater technology, please visit our STEM curriculum page.
The museum has also crafted a multidisciplinary Unit Plan that uses the true story of the Whydah to teach upper-elementary school students skills and standards in history, science, and language arts. While each lesson plan can function independently, as a multi-lesson exercise the entire unit illustrates how multiple academic disciplines can work together. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a digital copy of this Unit Plan and corresponding lesson materials.