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Grade 4
Historical (Florida)

Fourth Grade students and teachers will have an educational field experience related to Florida history as part of the Cultural Passport program. Availability is very limited, so review the options below and click the Application link beneath the Cultural Passport heading on this page to apply.

Educators understand the importance of providing enough background knowledge to ensure students can fully participate and engage in all that an experience has to offer. This webpage is designed to familiarize you with the selected historical sites and give you access to curriculum to guide your instruction as you prepare students for the experience.

The links listed immediately below have general content for your grade level. Site specific curriculum may be linked within the detailed descriptions below.

NOTE: In addition to History sites, a Cleveland Orchestra performance is available on this page for 4th grade students.

Curriculum Resources

For All Grade 4:


The Barnacle Historic State Park
3485 Main Highway
Coconut Grove , FL 33133


The Barnacle is the oldest house in Miami-Dade County still standing in its original location. As such, it serves as a tangible reminder of the pioneer days on Biscayne Bay. It is hard to imagine, but a mere 120 years ago there were only a handful of settlers living on the shores of Biscayne Bay. The city’s growth has been explosive and recent. The educational experience here is aimed at developing an understanding of the reasons settlement in Miami was delayed, the challenges settlers faced, and an appreciation of what has been lost in our quest for a comfortable life.

Wednesday and Thursday mornings are reserved for school field trips. Due to capacity limitations at the Barnacle, schools may have to schedule multiple days of one or two classes per field experience in order to accommodate all 4th grade students.

Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132

November 12, 2014 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM
November 13, 2014
11:00 AM


About Young Person's guide to the Orchestra
In this concert, the conductor is set to lead the Orchestra for a very serious concert . . . but who suddenly appears? A bugle playing mime who wants to sing opera. A tap dancing ballerina. What will happen to the concert?! Learn about the music, the orchestra, and the oh-so-important art of listening in this fun-filled family concert, with music from Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” Mozart’s Symphony No. 39, Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, and selections from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Featuring special guests Magic Circle Mime Company, returning to Severance Hall by popular demand.

About Cleveland Orchestra
Under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world.  In concerts at its winter home at Severance Hall and its summer home at Blossom Music Center, in residencies from Miami to Vienna, and on tour around the world, The Cleveland Orchestra sets standards of artistic excellence, concert programming, and community engagement.

Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Creating the Dream Pre and Post Visit Packet

Creating the Dream: George E. Merrick and His Vision for Coral Gables
An exhibition about Coral Gables’ founder and developer, George Merrick, his family and other visionaries who inspired him and helped him turn his dream of a place where "your castles in Spain are made real" into reality. Great for learning about local history, pioneer life, 1920's Boom Period, architecture, urban planning and development. Guest Curator - Arva Moore Parks, historian, author.

About the Coral Gables Museum
The Museum’s mission is to celebrate, investigate and explore the civic arts of architecture and urban and environmental design, including fostering an appreciation for the history, vision, and cultural landscape of Coral Gables; promoting beauty and planning as well as historic and environmental preservation for a broad audience, including children, families, and community members, as well as local, regional, national and international visitors. The museum optimizes its mission by cultivating effective partnerships, and providing programming that includes exhibitions, collections, educational offerings, lectures, tours, publications and special events.

Dade Heritage Trust Tour

About Dade Heritage Trust
Dade Heritage Trust (DHT) is the leading voice for historic preservation in Miami-Dade County. Founded as a nonprofit membership organization in 1972, Dade Heritage Trust works to enrich the quality of life for the entire community by sustainably preserving the best of the past for the future.

Dade Heritage Trust is committed to advocating on behalf of Dade's historic properties and for sustainable community revitalization solutions on a local, state and national level. Efforts include active participation in preservation and planning issues, drafting of position statements, testifying before preservation boards and commissions, and working with the media and community leaders.

The following tours are available through Dade Heritage Trust. You do not have to choose a specific tour when submitting your initial application.

Historic Miami Tour - Freedom Tower, Miami Circle, Dr. Jackson's Office. Lunch and tour of historic buildings at Lummus Park.

Cuban Cultural Heritage Tour - Freedom Tower, Little Havana, Cuban Cigar Factory, Domino Park, Avenue of the Monuments

Art Deco Walking Tour - Walking tour of the Art Deco District combined with treats invented during the 1930s. Lunch at South Point Park.

National Historic Monuments Tour - Freedom Tower, Miami Circle, Biltmore Hotel, Venetian Pool. Lunch at Salvador Park.

Community Pride Tour - Each tour will differ according to neighborhood.

First School House Tour - First Miami High School, First school building in Coconut Grove with a reenactment and a tour.

101 W Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130

History Mysteries Student Activity Booklet

HistoryMiami is the premier cultural institution committed to gathering, organizing, preserving and celebrating Miami's history as the unique crossroads of the Americas. We accomplish this through exhibitions, city tours, education, research, collections and publications. HistoryMiami advocates for helping everyone understand the importance of the past in shaping Miami's future.

Our History Mysteries program is specifically designed for 4th grade Florida history curriculum. With this program, students and teachers will enjoy a hands-on, educational tour that brings them through the Tropical Dreams gallery. Students will experience 12,000 years of south Florida history, beginning with pre-historic peoples through modern day Miami. Our trained educators will bring history to life through this engaging program. Sit in the Miami Circle as you learn about the Tequesta. Go back in time to the  Age of Exploration in our fort as you discuss European contact with Florida.  Experience the lives of the early settlers in our Chickee hut and Pioneer House. Learn how segregation played a role in American history in our restored Trolley, and how immigration has impacted Miami, and made it the gateway city that it is today.

Teachers will be given pre and post materials. The materials are specifically designed to "warm up" the student before he or she comes to the museum. Students will also be given an opportunity to see our temporary gallery, and a chance to visit the gift shop. Groups can bring their lunches and eat on the plaza. For more information please contact the Education Registrar at 305-375-1625.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
32521 S. Miami Avenue
Miami , FL 33129

View Vizcaya tour options for Grade 4
(you do not need to select a specific tour at this stage of the application process)


Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark that preserves the Miami estate of James Deering to engage the community in learning through the arts, history and the environment. Vizcaya offers thematic tours for school audiences that support local, state   and national curricular goals in Social Studies, Visual Arts and Language Arts. Guided tours of the Main House and gardens for school students in grades 4-12 are available by appointment only and must be booked at least three weeks in advance. Because Vizcaya features 34 rooms on several floors and 11 acres of grounds, guided tours do not include all areas of the Main House or gardens. A variety of resources (see above) are available to help educators and students prepare for a visit to Vizcaya. Not all areas of the Main House and gardens are accessible, please make the Group Tour Coordinator aware of any special needs your group may have.

MDCPS, Division of Social Sciences and Life Skills,1500 Biscayne Blvd., Annex, Suite 316 Miami, Fl. 33132

M-DCPS : 1450 NE 2nd Ave. : Miami, FL 33132 : Phone: (305) 995-1000 (For Non Technical Questions Only) © 2010