Location: Michigan History Museum, Lansing
The BIG History Lesson began here at the Michigan History Museum and, in 2000, received a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History. The week's expert-led lessons are correlated with state and national standards.
Activities during The BIG History Lesson week are teacher-led and student-centered and can include speakers, behind-the-scenes tours and students working cooperatively on research. Children participate in presentations, discussions, drama, writing, sketching and a variety of other interdisciplinary lessons while at the museum.
Cost for the one-week BHL in the 2018-2019 school year is $350 per class. The fee covers the summer planning/ professional development workshop and allows the BIG History Lesson teacher to use the museum as a classroom for five consecutive days with up to three museum-provided presentations. All fees are nonrefundable.
At the BIG History Lesson planning and professional development workshop, teachers collaborate with one another to develop a BHL plan that will best suit their students. The workshop emphasizes object-based learning, thematic study and the use of community resources as teaching and learning tools. Teachers work with the program coordinator to develop a unit of study, including activities, resources and museum support needed for their BIG History Lesson week.
Other costs typically incurred by BIG History Lesson classes and not covered by the fee include transportation to and from the museum each day, chaperone parking, BIG History Lesson t-shirts and incidental school supplies. Teachers often find funding for BIG History through their parent/teacher organizations and local service clubs.
May 18, 2018
Application deadline for The BIG History Lesson
May 25, 2018
Teachers will be notified of acceptance
August 10 or September 14
Mandatory BHL teacher planning/professional development workshop
April 30, 2019
All BHL fees must be paid in full. BHL fee: $350 per class
Make check payable to "Michigan History Foundation." All fees are nonrefundable and are subject to change.