Student Programs

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Registration is now open for 2019-2020 Student Programs at the U.S. Capitol. Descriptions of all offerings are below.

Capitol Classroom VOTE! Homeschool Day

 


CAPITOL CLASSROOM

October 2019 through February 2020 on selected Wednesday and Thursday mornings

Overview

Capitol Classroom is a two-hour program including a tour of the U.S. Capitol, interactive lessons, and hands-on activities.

Student Program

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Program 1 Art Appreciators: The Art and Architecture of the U.S. Capitol

Students explore the history and culture of America by examining art and architectural elements found in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, the Rotunda and National Statuary Hall. This program meets state standards and national standards for the visual arts.

Grades: 3 through 6
Number: 20-65 students per program
Length: One-hour classroom program and one-hour tour of the U.S. Capitol
Start Time: 9:30 a.m

Program 2 Capitol Art: History, Culture, or Expression?

Students study the art and architectural features of the U.S. Capitol and participate in a student-centered creative activity. This program meets state standards and national standards for the visual arts.

Grades: 7 through 12
Number: 20-65 students per program
Length: One-hour classroom program and one-hour tour of the U.S. Capitol
Start Time: 9:30 a.m.

Student Program

Program 3 Environment Matters: How Does a Bill Become Law?

To understand the complex way a bill becomes a law, students participate in activities that illustrate the process. The Chesapeake Bay and the Clean Water Acts of 1948 and 1972 serve as legislative examples. Groups receive passes to visit the Galleries of the U.S. Senate or the U.S. House of Representatives. This program meets the National Council for the Social Studies’ curriculum standards.

Grades: 6 through 12
Number: 20-65 students per program
Length: One-hour classroom program and one-hour tour of the U.S. Capitol
Start Time: 9:30 a.m.

Click HERE to register.

For more information about visiting the U.S. Capitol, including logistics and what not to bring with you, please go to https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/plan-visit.


VOTE!

VOTE!

Selected Monday, Tuesday, and Friday mornings

Grades: Elementary, middle and high school versions available
Number: 15-50 students per program
Length: 25-minute program followed by a one-hour tour of the U.S. Capitol
Start Time: 9:30 a.m.

Overview

VOTE! is a quick, 20-25 minute pre-Capitol Tour program. Students examine both sides of an issue, take a stand, vote, and then discuss the impact.

VOTE!

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Program 1 Environmental Legislation

A growing city needs a new water source. The easiest and cheapest source is a river on federal land in a national park. Should the city be allowed to dam the river and use the water for its citizens? Or, should the valley remain protected for the use and enjoyment of all Americans? How would you vote? This program is based on legislation actually considered and voted on in Congress. The real outcome is revealed at the end of the program.

Program 2 Cultural Legislation

A wealthy English chemist and mineralogist dies suddenly without an heir to inherit his fortune. He left his estate to the United States of America to further education. His wishes are vague, only that the funds must go to the “establishment of an institution for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” How should the United States spend these funds? How would you vote?

This program is based on legislation actually considered and voted on in Congress. The real outcome is revealed at the end of the program.

Program 3 Women’s Suffrage Centennial

LIMITED EDITION in honor of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Program 3 is designed for middle school and high school students.

VOTE! programs meet the National Council for the Social Studies’ curriculum standards.

Click HERE to register.

For more information about visiting the U.S. Capitol, including logistics and what not to bring with you, please go to https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/plan-visit.


HOMESCHOOL DAY

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND, THIS LAND IS MY LAND:
CONGRESS AND STEWARDSHIP

Canal and Locks

Overview

Let your students experience what it’s like to be a member of Congress during Homeschool Day.

  • Participate in a classroom appropriations activity to fund Chesapeake Bay revitalization
  • Vote on environmental legislation
  • Enjoy a guide-led tour the U.S. Capitol (tours divided by age group)
  • Create a project at the Hands-on History station
  • Take home educational resources to continue the learning after the program

For more information about visiting the U.S. Capitol, including logistics and what not to bring with you, please go to https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/plan-visit.