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Virtual Learning Experiences

Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown offer a range of virtual learning experiences for classrooms unable to travel to the museums or participate in a Virginia outreach program.

Using Zoom or your classroom’s virtual learning platform, students can join a Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation educator as they explore early Virginia and United States history together. Topics examine the Powhatan Indians, early English settlement at Jamestown, three cultures that converged in Virginia, causes and events of the American Revolution and stories of real people who shaped our early history. These inquiry-based educational programs are designed to be interactive and thought provoking, allowing students to explore the past while honing their skills in critical thinking, communication and historical thinking.

See below for a full listing of programs. Programs are $50 per session for Virginia schools and $125 for schools outside Virginia and non-school audiences.

Programs are 45 minutes in length but can be adjusted to meet the needs of individual classrooms.

For more information about these educational offerings or to schedule a virtual experience, contact group.reservations@jyf.virginia.gov.

Free, donor-funded opportunities are available for Title I schools. Limited funding is available and teachers are encouraged to secure their session now. To see if your school qualifies, contact annemarie.baker@jyf.virginia.gov.


45-Minute Live Learning Session
(can be shortened to meet classroom needs)

Jamestown – From England to Virginia: Why did England decide to send settlers to Virginia? What did they hope to gain and who were the people who decided to sail to an unknown future? By examining reproduction artifacts and other primary sources, students can answer these and other questions as they discover why the English established Jamestown and Englishmen traveled across the Atlantic to an unfamiliar land. Students can examine early government, English interactions with the Powhatan Indians and arrival of the first recorded Africans to British North America.
Designed to meet Virginia SOLs: VS.1; VS.2a,b,c; VS.3; VS.4; USI.1; USI.2d, USI.3; USI.4, USI.5.

Powhatan Indians – An Eastern Woodland Tribe: Explore the lives and society of the Powhatan Indians, an Eastern Woodlands tribe inhabiting regions of Virginia long before 1607. Using inquiry methods and reproduction artifacts, explore the Powhatan Indian culture, including roles of different members of its society, government structure and how the Powhatan Indians used natural resources to produce tools, clothing, houses and food.
Designed to meet Virginia SOLs: 2.1, 2.3a, 2.7a, 2.9, 2.10, VS.1; VS.2; VS.3g; VS.4b; USI.1; USI.3b,c; USI.4b.

Jamestown – Three Cultures, One Land: Students are carried on a dynamic, inquiry-based exploration of the three cultures that converged at Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America. Using reproduction artifacts and primary sources, students compare and contrast the cultures of the Powhatan (an Eastern Woodlands tribe), west central Africans and English who lived in early America during the beginning of the 17th century. Using this knowledge, students examine the interrelations between the three groups and discover how the legacies of each culture live on in 21st-century America.
Designed to meet Virginia SOLs: VS.1; VS.2; VS.3; VS.4; USI.1; USI.2d, USI.3; USI.4, USI.5.

Trending Toward Revolution: This interactive program will examine the political and economic events and actions that led to the American Revolution. Using primary sources and artifacts, delve deeper into such dividing topics as the Proclamation of 1763, Sugar Act, Stamp Act, Tea Act, Intolerable Acts and many more. The program concludes by determining the importance, then and now, of such documents as the Declaration of Independence.
Designed to meet Virginia SOLs: VS.1; VS.5; USI.1; USI.5; USI.6.

American Revolution – A Movement to Freedom: What was life like for those who fought in the American Revolution? What were the perspectives of the different people living in the colonies at that time – Virginia farm families, artisans, enslaved people and American Indians to name a few? Through inquiry-based exploration of artifacts and primary source documents, students gain a better understanding of the American Revolution and the important roles individuals and groups played in winning independence from England.
Designed to meet Virginia SOLs: VS.1; VS.4, VS.5; USI.1; USI.5; USI.6.

Early Virginia – People, Places and Things: How has Virginia changed over time? In this interactive exploration of early Virginia history, students compare and contrast the beginnings of English colonization at Jamestown through the American Revolution and compare what they learn with the Virginia of today. Special emphasis is placed on natural surroundings, food, shelter and clothing. Students also learn about important people in Virginia’s history, including Powhatan, Pocahontas, Christopher Newport and George Washington.
Designed to meet Virginia SOLs: 1.1; 1.2; 1.3a,b,c; 1.5a,b; 1.6; 2.1; 2.2.

Jamestown STEM: Force, Motion, Energy and Jamestown! Force, motion and energy have existed in all societies throughout history, including Jamestown. Explore these STEM concepts through the history and cultures that converged in Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in North America. Learn about potential and kinetic energy, force, motion, friction and more through Powhatan, English and West Central African weaponry and fire-starting techniques. A bow and arrow and matchlock musket demonstration will be included. Discover how the STEM connection between past and present can impact your future!
Designed to meet Virginia SOLs for Virginia Studies and Science: VS.1; VS.4, 3.1; 3.2; 4.1; 4.2; 5.1; 5.2; 5.3; 5.5; 5.6.


PinnacleAward_2020_2021Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s award-winning virtual programs have been recognized by the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC), honoring organizations for their quality of educational content and skill at program delivery. Pinnacle Award recipients must receive outstanding scores (95% or higher) on program evaluations submitted by educators and other users.

Virtual programs are made available through generous donations from the Charles S. & Millicent P. Brown Family Foundation, The Huston Foundation, Mrs. Carolyn T. Condon, the Camp family foundations and Virginia Natural Gas.