The Whydah Pirate Museum History Curriculum and Educators Guide helps schools and teachers use museum resources to enhance their lesson plans and engage their students. The Educator’s Guide holds lesson descriptions and was designed specifically to fit the current Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework.
This unit plan has been designed by the Whydah Pirate Museum in association with the Center for Historical Shipwreck Preservation, to use the true story of The Whydah Gally 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.
During these lessons, students explore local history and bits of related folklore through a reading comprehension and oral narration exercise. Straightforward physics and chemistry experiments demonstrate how a scientific understanding of natural processes helps uncover and conserve the past. Activities in geography, demographics, and economics illustrate the larger forces that impacted and influenced the central characters of the Whydah‘s chronicle.
The creators of these lessons hope that the use of the Whydah‘s history and artifacts will remind students that these exercises—both ours and theirs—are not fruitless or trivial endeavors, but honest efforts to reveal, understand and sustain the legacy of ordinary people, who lived extraordinary lives.
Grades 3-5 Course Offerings
Grades 3-5 Educators Guide
Grades 6-8 Course Offerings
Grades 6-8 Educators Guide
Pricing and Invoicing
Groups are strongly encouraged to have payments made prior to arrival. We are happy to send an invoice with final headcounts and values a week prior to field trips. A separate email is sent via our Museum Manager, Meredith Katz.
In preparation for the trip, we highly suggest having our educators come to your school for a pre-lesson, this is a slide presentation about Black Sam Bellamy and the Whydah so that students have a deeper understanding of the history of the Golden Age of Piracy and would get a richer experience at the museum. There would be a small fee of $75 added for the lesson, ($125 if needed to be presented multiple times) but we find that students are so much more prepared!
Our prices includes: the exhibit hall, conservation lab, and lesson which are reflective of grade:
1-6th graders $7 per student, $10 chaperone
7-high school $9 per student, $10 chaperone
Camps, scouting groups, church groups follow grade pricing.
We prefer a 15:1 ratio, student to adult, and there is no charge for teachers or bus drivers.
To book your group, learn more about our courses, ask questions, or to check availabilities, please contact:
Educator & Archaeological Conservationist