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Grade 3
Art Museum

Third Grade students and teachers who are part of the Cultural Passport program will have the opportunity to visit one of six art museums: Freedom Tower, Frost Art Museum at FIU, Miami Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lowe Art Museum, or the Wolfsonian. 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 museums 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. Thank you for your commitment to the students of Dade County as you allow them to experience all that the Miami-Dade County has to offer.

Curriculum Resources

For All Grade 3:


Freedom Tower
600 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami , FL 33132

We Are the Ship Study Guide

The Freedom Tower is a historic 1925 landmark building that serves as a memorial to Cuban immigration to the United States. It is located on the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College. A visit to the Freedom Tower offers students an opportunity to view a building of national historic importance: the Freedom Tower has been designated a National Landmark, along with buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum and the Frick, as well as exhibitions on the second and first floors that run the gamut from the complete works of Goya to Salvador Dali and the following temporary exhibit:

Temporary Exhibit: We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
11/4/2011 - 1/6/2012
This exhibit features work by award-winning artist and author Kadir Nelson. He spent seven years researching, writing and creating realistic paintings to be included in the brilliantly illustrated book,  WE ARE THE SHIP: The Story of Negro League Baseball. The exhibition includes 33 original paintings, 13 sketches and educational materials, all of which are dedicated to the preservation of the history of Negro Leagues. The exhibit is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners, racial discrimination and international sportsmanship, fortunes won and lost, and triumphs and defeats on and off the field. It is a perfect mirror for the social and political history of black America in the first half of the 20th century. But most of all, the story of the Negro Leagues is about hundreds of unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, terrible conditions, and low pay to do the one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball.

Arrangements can be made for morning visits from student groups starting at 10:00AM Tuesday-Friday . Buses can unload at the front of the building and walk to the side entrance on 6th street.

Frost Art Museum at FIU
10975 SW 17th Street
Miami , FL 33199

Frost Art Museum Guidelines

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU was designed by internationally-recognized design director Yann Weymouth.  Accredited by the American Association of Museums, The Frost is a Smithsonian affiliate, recognized for its innovative exhibitions, outstanding lecture series, and unparalleled outreach to South Florida's diverse audiences. The Frost, located within a large urban institution, provides an exceptional resource for teachers for scholarly workshops, research and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Frost Art Museum caters to schools (K-12) through a variety of educational programs. The Frost Art Museum collaborates with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) curriculum supervisors to meet M-DCPS Curriculum Based Competency Goals, the Sunshine State Standards for Arts Education, and state and national initiatives. Educational Tours are an integral part of our educational offerings. Tours are provided by trained educators who encourage high-order thinking, critical thinking and creativity. The topics of tours combine literacy, mathematics, social studies, and other interdisciplinary components. School tours last one hour and include a guided tour of the current exhibitions.  Students also get to explore 13 interactive art stations in our Family Discovery Gallery, voted by Miami New Times as " Best Place for Kids to Unleash Their Creativity."

Linda Powers

Lowe Art Museum
University of Miami
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables , FL 33124-6310

Bring your students to the Museum with 5000 years of world art. Students will explore five works during small group discussions for an hour with a guide. The tour will be followed by a ½ hour label writing activity based one of those works of art. During this activity students will learn about the label information on that work of art and learn to write their own label for it. Teachers will be provided with follow up classroom activities related to the works discussed during the tour. We will allow up to 80 students at one time per visit. The tour length will be 1 ½ hours long.

All tours challenge students to engage in a learning experience utilizing critical inquiry, object-based education and visual literacy. The Lowe features Miami's most comprehensive collection of western and non-western art and sits at the heart of the University of Miami. The Lowe has a schedule of rotating exhibitions and 10 permanent galleries.

Hope Torrents

Miami Art Museum
101 West Flagler Street
Miami , FL 33130

MAM's lively, interactive, inquiry-based tours are designed to develop an understanding of modern and contemporary art while encouraging self expression. Tours foster observation, analysis and interpretation, complementing school curriculum and promoting the critical thinking skills emphasized by the FCAT guidelines. Led by MAM's gallery teachers, visits are approximately 90 minutes in length and culminate in an interactive exercise.  Miami Art Museum schedules tours at 10:00AM & 11:30AM Tuesday – Friday.

Special Notes
Buses for Miami Art Museum will be arranged by the museum. Priority for booking will be given to schools that participated in the professional development session that they offered to teachers in September.

305.375.4073 (email preferred)

Museum of Contemporary Art
770 NE 125th Street
North Miami , FL  33161

MOCA invites schools to attend interactive exhibition tours of exciting contemporary art and receive hands-on, enriching activities, and extension projects for the classroom.

Janice Angel
305.893.6211 x29

The Wolfsonian-FIU
1001 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach , FL 33139

The Wolfsonian-FIU, a museum of art and design in Miami Beach, is happy to be part of the Cultural Passport program. Third grade students taking part in learning expeditions at The Wolfsonian will participate in the museum’s Artful Citizenship program and enjoy a portrait-making activity that explores the idea of identity, engage in a discussion about art, and handle "real" artifacts from the period of 1850-1945 to think about the world of designers and inventors. Students and teachers will also receive a bilingual activity poster guide that includes a complimentary museum family pass!

Learning expeditions take place from 10:00-11:30 AM. For the student's maximum benefit we limit groups to 40 students per trip, but you may schedule as many trips as you would like to accommodate all of your students.

Claudia Caro Sullivan

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