Cultural Passport

Elementary Experiences

Grade 4 
History (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 on the menu on the right 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

Tours scheduled throughout the school year.


About the Site
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.

Up to 40 students and chaperones per day can enjoy a guided tour of the interior of the historic house for $1 per student and $3 per chaperone, which you are responsible for paying directly to The Barnacle. Larger groups can enjoy a free 30-minute educational interpretive talk about the park, viewing of the exterior of the house, as well as self-guided programs. Groups exceeding 60 people may schedule field experiences on multiple days to accommodate all 4th grade students. Please indicate in the Notes section of the application if you are interested in touring the interior of the house. You may also bring your own lunch for a picnic on the grounds.

The Cleveland Orchestra - "The Awesome Orchestra"

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

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

About the Performance
Can you name all of the instruments in the orchestra? Why are some woodwind instruments made of metal (vs. wood)?  Which instruments are part of the string family? What’s the difference between a trumpet and a trombone? a violin and a viola? an oboe and a clarinet? Why are percussion instruments located all the way in the back of the orchestra? Learn the answers to these questions and more when you Meet the Awesome Orchestra! The music on this concert will showcase each of the instrument families (strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion) then culminate with Benjamin Britten’s soaring Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

Dvořák               Slavonic Dance No. 1, Op. 46
Mendelsohn    Symphony #9  
Tchaikovsky     String Symphony No. 4
Gounod             Petite Suite
Gabrieli              Canzon per Sonare No. 2
Skidmore          Ritual Music
Britten                The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Coral Gables Museum

285 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

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 Site
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

Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

Becoming a Wagner

About the Site
Dade Heritage Trust is Miami-Dade County’s largest historic preservation organization with a mission to preserve our community’s architectural, environmental, and cultural heritage through education and advocacy. Historic Places, Green Spaces is a standards-based educational field trip program for K-12 students designed to acquaint students with significant historical and recreational sites within urban Miami. It is our goal to inspire an interest in historic preservation and a sense of civic pride. Pre and post visit resources will be provided. Maximum of 40 students per visit.

Teachers may choose to visit two different sites:

City of Miami’s Lummus Park
Students will explore two historic buildings—the William Wagner Homestead and the Fort Dallas Longhouse. Fort Dallas was initially built as a slave house in 1844 before it was moved to its current location in 1925. It’s also remembered today for the role it played during the Seminole Wars and for being at the center of an evolving city. The Wagner house was built in the mid-1800’s and is one of the few surviving buildings from the early days of settlement along the Miami River. Through skill and play-based learning, students will learn about early settlement in Miami and why it’s important to preserve our city’s history. Duration: 2.5 hours which includes a 30 minute lunch break (lunch not provided).

Brickell Bay Drive
In 1896 Dr. James M. Jackson was appointed by Henry Flagler to be the primary physician for the workers of the Florida East Coast Railroad, making Jackson one of Miami’s first physicians. In 1905 he built a small wood frame medical office originally located on Flagler Street before being moved to its current Brickell location in 1916. Students will explore the historic medical office and learn about the history of early medicine in Florida and the role of early pioneers in Miami. Our green space component will feature a lesson about Biscayne Bay (located adjacent to the historic medical office) and the importance of protecting Miami’s local waterbodies by observing and testing the water quality. Duration: 2 hours which includes a 30 minute lunch break (lunch not provided).


101 W Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130

Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

History Mysteries Student Activity Booklet

About the Site
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. 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

Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

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

About the Site
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.


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