Field trips at the Library

Our educational programming introduces students to Mary Baker Eddy’s story, at the same time offering a platform for instruction in other disciplines that include history, geography, art, journalism, and literature.

The Library staff is dedicated to providing meaningful experiences that enhance visual literacy and critical thinking skills, individual and group discovery, and peer learning. Our Visitor Services and Education teams are trained to lead tailored field trips, facilitating tours, storytimes, and other engaging activities throughout the Library’s spaces.

Total Length of Visit: 40-60 minutes

Group Size: 25 students maximum, per activity. We can often accommodate larger groups with advance planning.
Please contact Francesca at [email protected], or 617-450-7330.

Format:

  • Take a 20-minute guided tour of the Mapparium®—a three-story, stained-glass globe. Tours are age-specific and include a light and sound presentation.
  • Choose additional pre- or post-activities to enhance and extend the visit.

Grades and options

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten:

A. Tour the Mapparium (20 minutes).
See “Big Blue Earth,” a show that allows students to engage with the unique acoustics of the space and sing along to selections with themes of global community and peace.

B. Choose Pre/Post Activities:

  • Storytime (20-45 minutes): An interactive experience with our museum educator, including stories, playful activities and singalongs. Topics for selection include maps/geography, cultural stories, and history—or you can pick your own book.
  • Art Activity (20-45 minutes): Make cultural crafts that take you around the world.
  • See Big Blue Earth, a show that allows students to engage with the unique acoustics of the space and sing along to selections with themes of global community and peace.
First Grade through Fourth Grade:

A. Tour the Mapparium (20 Minutes).
See What’s In A Map?, a series of audiovisual vignettes lasting 1-3 minutes each. Choose as many of the following vignettes as you would like:

  • Cardinal Directions: Learn about the North, East, South, and West, while rhyming along to this interactive presentation.
  • Continents & Oceans: Learn about the great bodies of water and lands that make up our Earth.
  • Global Stories: Mary Baker Eddy: Learn about our Library’s namesake and her accomplishments.

B. Choose a Pre/Post Activity:

  • Storytime (20-45 minutes): An interactive experience with our museum educator, including stories, playful activities and singalongs. Topics for selection include maps/geography, cultural stories, and history—or you can pick your own book.
  • Art Activity (20-45 minutes): Make cultural crafts that take you around the world.
Fifth Grade through Eighth Grade:

A. Tour the Mapparium (20 minutes)

  • See World of Ideas, which teaches how ideas have traversed time and geography to change the world.
  • See Points of Progress, where Christian Science Monitor journalists teach how humanity is reevaluating its treatment of the environment.

B. The Publishing House Tour:
Extend your Mapparium experience and learn more about the architecture of the historical Christian Science Publishing Society building. You can connect with staff to request a specific topic of interest such as journalism or geography.

C.  Choose this Pre/Post Activity:
Fervent Hearts Willing Hands: Christian Science from Discovery to Global Movement: Investigate our latest self-guided exhibit on Mary Baker Eddy’s founding of a global religion—and her impact on women’s history.

Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade:

A. Tour the Mapparium (20 Minutes).
Choose ONE of these presentations:

  • See World of Ideas, which teaches how ideas have traversed time and geography to change the world.
  • See Points of Progress, where Christian Science Monitor journalists teach how humanity is reevaluating its treatment of the environment.

B. Choose Pre/Post Activity:
The Publishing House Tour: Extend your Mapparium experience and learn more about the architecture of the historical Christian Science Publishing Society building. You can request a specific topic of interest, such as journalism or geography.

Extend your field trip with a visit to the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center!

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, one of our partner organizations, offers a variety of complementing field trips for grades K-12. Students will participate in programs to learn how to read and think about maps, followed by small group activities in which they engage with historic maps from the Leventhal’s collection. All programs include a scavenger hunt of the current gallery exhibit.

Check the “extend your day” box on our Group Request Form if you are interested in this dual field trip experience. Depending on group size, you can split up a group for simultaneous visits to both the Library and the Leventhal,  or coordinate back-to-back visits.

The Leventhal Map Center does not charge for programs at their library, although they do have a suggested donation of $100 to support their educational programs and conservation work on the maps used with K-12 students.

Directions*Link to PDF’s for lesson plans / activities
http://www.leventhalmap.org/education/programs/

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