Monday, June 22, 2015

Expanding the Classroom Walls, Mill City Museum

This historic site has revitalized down town Minneapolis (or at least has something to do with it).  See this used to be General Mills, one of there first plants to mass produce flour.  Across the river, Pillsbury. There was an explosion in the 1920's but there was rebuild after.  The building was rebuilt and use until the 1960's.  It than shut down and became a place were homeless lived for many years.  They think that is how a fire started in the building again in the 1990's.  This is where the city of Minneapolis decided that they would take the tragedy and make it into something great.  Hence, the Mill City Museum.  

The many walking trails, beautiful urban sites, and celebrated spaces such as the Guthrie Theater make this site a must visit.  You will see photographers, artist, bikers, and runners cluttering the streets on any given day.  This is also the site of the 35W bridge collapse memorial site, so there is great memories of tragic as well as rebuild and perseverance.

This is another site that is often visited by many students throughout there education in the urban/ suburban area of the Twin Cities.  Again, it's great to know what the students experience so I can try to incorporate their learning into my curriculum.  This site would be fun to do some timeline art, or something more modern using flour as the base of the project (paper maché, or play dough).  Another idea would be just to visit this site when they celebrate art by hosting several arts festivals throughout the year such as the Stone Arch Bridge Festival celebrated this last weekend.

Check out more about our field trips by searching the #TCWALLSI on twitter.  There are also a lot of images and information on their Facebook page. I would love for you to send links to lesson plans that you think would help support these field trips I will be posting about as well. Have you had a program like this that you were able to support in your classroom?  Send me links, pictures, or stories in the comments.  Thanks!

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