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Grade 4
Historical (Florida)

Fourth Grade students and teachers who are part of the Cultural Passport program will have the opportunity to visit one of three Florida historical sites: The Barnacle Historic State Park, HistoryMiami, or Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. 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. 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 4:


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

Ralph Munroe's Barnacle: Centerpiece of a Legacy
(30-minute video; email for the link to view)

The Barnacle is the oldest house in Dade County on its original foundation. 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 struggling to survive on the shores of Biscayne Bay. The growth of Miami was explosive and recent. The student experience here is aimed at developing an understanding of the reasons settlement was delayed, challenges the settlers faced, and an appreciation of what has been lost in our quest for a comfortable life.

Groups with a maximum size of 30 can be accommodated on Wednesdays and Thursdays when the park is closed to the public. It is possible to arrive early or stay late for lunch if desired. After a brief introductory talk, the group will be divided into three groups; one at a time each will be guided through the house. Meanwhile the other two groups participate in activities designed to foster understanding of pioneer challenges and rewards.

Steve Dimse

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.

Griselda Chavarria

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


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