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Curricula and Lesson Plans

Take It with You to the Classroom!
New Mexico history is all about people—their cultures, traditions, evolution, struggles, conflicts, compromises and accomplishments. In a land called home by descendants of early Puebloans, Spanish explorers and Anglo settlers, alike, it is that very diversity that has made us who we are today. In telling our history, we draw on the perspectives of many so that children can begin to understand their place in New Mexico's future. History provides a pathway for younger generations to begin to think for themselves.

Teaching New Mexico history is as challenging as understanding New Mexico history, and we're here to help. For Educators, we can serve as a resource of historical scholarship and information. Our curricula and lesson plans are accessible, engaging, and interactive, and designed to be used by teachers or parents. We've organized the material so that it can be used in conjunction with a museum visit or as stand-alone activities in the classroom. Our museum curricula and activities meet or exceed the New Mexico State Education Department's Standards and Benchmarks.

Educator-guided tours coupled with our lesson plans can provide a foundation for reaching out to our students and sparking a life-long interest in the history of their home state.

Once in the New Mexico History Museum, students will have access to oral histories, educational games, group activities, technological learning stations, and primary sources including art, objects and documents. These myriad ways to teach will augment what can be further accomplished in the classroom.

Available Curriculum and Lesson Plans:

  • Through the Lens
    A PDF file contains lesson plans and activities for teachers and/or parents to use in conjunction with the exhibit Through the Lens, which is on display at the Palace of the Governors through Oct. 25, 2009.
  • El Favor de Los Santos
    A PDF file contains lesson plans and activities for teachers and/or parents to use in conjunction with the exhibit El Favor de los Santos, which was on display at the Palace of the Governors through April 20, 2008.
  • Lasting Impressions Curriculum, Teacher Guide, Lesson Plans
    Lasting Impressions takes you on a journey across two centuries of literary history to introduces the artisan printers of the private press movement through their work, the tools of their craft, and their vision.
  • Making History:
    Contemporary Handmade Books on New Mexico’s Past
  • Native American Picture Books of Change: The Art of Historic Children’s Books
  • Rebirth of a Craft:
    Paper Marbling in New Mexico
  • Word Art
    Ten Poetry Broadsides from the Press at the Palace of the Governors

El Favor de los Santos Curriculum Guide