Transportation Across the American West Digital Gallery Tour
Digital Gallery Tour
Students will learn about Transportation Across the American West, both past and present by:
- exploring the topic through introductory questions
- analyzing objects from the Autry Museum using guiding questions
- engaging in hands-on activities
CA HSS 1.4
CA HSS 4.4 1
CA HSS 5.8.1
CA HSS 8.6.2
CA HSS 11.8
Digital Gallery Tour Resources
Pre-Lesson: Split students into small groups, each with an image from the digital gallery tour and have students describe what they see in the image making predictions, creating questions or completing a KWL on Transportation Across the American West.
Post Lesson: Post object images from the digital gallery tour throughout the classroom or on a distance learning platform. Students “tour” each station writing down questions they still have on the subject. Assign students to research the answer to a question and present for each image object.
Extension(s): Students choose one project from the “Things to Consider” object prompts or “Conclusion” activities.
Teaching Tips for Different Learning Environments
Whole Class In-Person Learning: Split students into groups based on the Transportation digital gallery tour sections: by water, by land, by rail, and by road. Students review and present the information to the class guiding classmates through one of the “Things to Consider” questions. The teacher presents the first objects and discussion questions to model.
Whole Class Distance Learning: Create Zoom/GoogleChat/Teams polls, chats or lead a discussion using the “Things to Consider” questions. Create breakout rooms for different aspects of the digital gallery tour (by water, by land, by rail, by road) and have students come back to whole class to share what they learned.
Tech Fun: Kahoot! to answer multiple choice questions throughout the digital gallery tour; Flipgrid to record skits, dances, or storytelling; Scratch to code a story or an animation; Jamboard to draw or collage images; Google Docs for writing and sharing stories.
Links to Associated Education Resources
Educational Programs at the Autry are sponsored by:
PHYLLIS H. BARBATO • MOLLY AND NEAL H. BROCKMEYER • FRANK H. COUNTNER AND SUSAN L. COUNTNER • DWIGHT STUART YOUTH FUND • EDISON INTERNATIONAL • DAVID F. EISENBERG • GEORGINA-FREDRICK CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION • THE KENNETH T. AND EILEEN L. NORRIS FOUNDATION • MAX H. GLUCK FOUNDATION • CHRISTY AND STEVE MCAVOY • ANN C. RONUS AND ROBERT E. RONUS • THE STEINMETZ FOUNDATION • VIRGINIA F. STEVENSON • UNION BANK • U.S. BANK