Curriculum Standards

Curriculum Content Standards Guide

How can a Noah Webster House Program fit your needs?

We’ve done all the leg work for you! Use the chart below to see how our programs fulfill the State of Connecticut K-12 Curriculum Content Standards.

Below the chart, you will find detailed information about each Content Standard.

State of Connecticut Curriculum Content Standards that fit into Noah Webster House school programs

Social Studies K-12 Content Standards

1. Historical Thinking. Students will develop historical thinking skills, including chronological thinking and recognizing change over time; contextualizing, comprehending and analyzing historical literature; researching historical sources; understanding the concept of historical causation; understanding competing narratives and interpretation; and constructing narratives and interpretation

2. Local, United States and World History. Students will use historical thinking skills to develop an understanding of the major historical periods, issues and trends in United States history, world history, and Connecticut and local history.

3. Historical Themes. Students will apply their understanding of historical periods, issues and trends to examine such historical themes as ideals, beliefs and institutions; conflict and conflict resolution; human movement and interaction; and science and technology in order to understand how the world came to be the way it is.

4. Applying History. Students will recognize the continuing importance of historical thinking and historical knowledge in their own lives and in the world in which they live.

Civics and Government

5. United States Constitution & Government. Students will apply knowledge of the U. S. Constitution, and how the U.S. system of government works and how the rule of law and the value of liberty and equality have an impact on individual, local, state, and national decisions.

6. Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of citizens to participate in and shape public policy, and contribute to the maintenance of our democratic way of life.

11. Human Systems. Students will interpret spatial patterns of human migration, economic activities and political units in Connecticut, the nation and the world.

From Social Studies Curriculum Framework, Connecticut State Department of Education Division of Teaching and Learning, May 1998.

The Arts K-12 Content Standards

Standard 1: Reading and Responding

Overarching Idea: Students read, comprehend and respond in individual, literal, critical and evaluative ways to literary, informational and persuasive texts in multimedia formats.
Guiding Question: How do we understand what we read?

Component Statements:
1.1 Students use appropriate strategies before, during and after reading in order to construct meaning.
1.2 Students interpret, analyze and evaluate text in order to extend understanding and appreciation.
1.3 Students select and apply strategies to facilitate word recognition and develop vocabulary in order to comprehend text.
1.4 Students communicate with others to create interpretations of written, oral and visual texts.

Standard 3: Communicating with Others

Overarching Idea: Students produce written, oral and visual texts to express, develop and substantiate ideas and experiences.
Guiding Question: How do we write, speak and present effectively?

Component Statements:
3.1 Students use descriptive, narrative, expository, persuasive and poetic modes.
3.2 Students prepare, publish and/or present work appropriate to audience, purpose and task.

Standard 4: Applying English Language Conventions

Overarching Idea: Students apply the conventions of standard English in oral, written and visual communication.
Guiding Question: How do we use the English language appropriately to speak and write?

Component Statements:
4.1 Students use knowledge of their language and culture to improve competency in English.
4.2 Students speak and write using standard language structures and diction appropriate to audience and task.
4.3 Students use standard English for composing and revising written text.

From Connecticut PK-8 English Language Art Curriculum Standards, Connecticut State Department of Education, April 2008

Preschool Programs

Preschool Programs

Outreach Programs

Outreach Programs

Let us come to you!

Our Out-Reach Programs provide students with interactive experiences right in the classroom. Each presentation or “session” is delivered by one of our museum teachers and is designed for up to 30 students. Fees: For the first session, within a 20-mile radius $120, 40-mile radius $145, 60-mile radius $170. $75 for each additional session. Roundtrip mileage charged for each museum teacher sent.

Native American Life

Who lived here before the colonists? Through object exploration and sensory experiences,students actively learn about the native peoples of Connecticut, including theirhousing, clothing, tools, food and games. For grades Pre-K-3. Session length: 1hour.

Colonial Amusements

How did colonists make their work more enjoyable and find time for fun? Childrenlearn about colonial life by playing colonial games such as Morrice and Lucy Lockettand with toys such as a Jacob’s Ladder, ball and cup, button buzzer, and top. For grade 1 and up. Session length: 1 hour.

Reading Artifacts

What can objects tell us about 18th-century life? By seeing and touching reproduction18th-Century items related to food, school, clothing, and amusements, students willdiscover how colonists met their basic needs and also had fun. For grade 1 and up.Session length: 1 hour.

Reading, Writing and Ciphering

What were colonial schools like? Our costumed museum teacher uses colonial educationalmethods such as spelling bees, copies of colonial primers, slates and quill pensto teach your students what colonial school was like. For grade 3 and up. Sessionlength: 1 hour.

Colonial Dance

What was a colonial dance class like? 18th-century dance masters traveled throughoutConnecticut teaching new dance steps and deportment. Today’s students learn thebasic dance steps, manners, attitudes and culture surrounding dance from one ofour own “dance mistresses.” For grade 3 and up. Session length: 1 hour.

Primary Resources

What are primary sources and how do historians use them? In this participatory workshop,students learn about the past by examining reproduction 18th-century primary sourcesincluding wills, inventories, letters and newspaper ads. For grade 4 and up. Sessionlength: 1 hour.

African-American Primary Resources

What do we know about the lives of African-Americans in 18th-century Connecticut?Using Bristow as an example (Bristow is the only African-American with a gravestonein West Hartford’s Old Center Burying Yard), students investigate primary sourcesto explore what life might have been like for African-Americans in colonial Connecticut.For grade 4 and up. Session length: 1 hour.

A Day of Living History Pre-Visit Program Use this program with the museum program called “A Day of Living History”

To prepare your students for their visit to the museum, one of our museum teacherswill help them investigate primary resources to learn about 18th-century life. Thestudents will research real people who lived in Noah’s neighborhood in 1774 andtake on these roles during their field trip. For grades 4-8. Program length: 1.5hours

A Day of Living History Post-Visit Program Students must have attended the on-site “A Day of Living History” program

In continuation of the theme of learning 18th-century life, students will demonstratetheir ability to recall the educational activities they engaged in at the Noah WebsterHouse while thinking historically by placing themselves in the time period. Forgrades 4-8. Program length: 1.5 hours

On-Site Programs

On-Site Museum Programs

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What was it like to be a child in the 1700s? Students find out by exploring our historic house, attending a “dame” school, and trying out different types of children’s work. Program led by costumed museum teachers. Grades K- 2. Program length: 1 hour. Fee: $6/student. Minimum: 18 students, Maximum: 50 students.

ADD ON! Colonial Amusements
What did children do for fun? Further your students’ experience by playing the games children enjoyed over 200 years ago. Add 1 hour to program, $4/student. Maximum: 60 students. Grades 2-8.

How the Natives Lived

Who lived here before the colonists? Through sensory experiences, students actively
learn about the native peoples of Connecticut, including their housing, clothing,
tools, and games. Taking place in our colonial house, students will compare and
contrast Native American life to that of the colonists, thinking about the ways
the two groups would have interacted. Students will hear a traditional Native American
story and each make their own clay pinch pot to take home. Grades K-3. Program length:
1 hour. Fee: $6/student. Minimum: 18 students, Maximum: 60 students.

ADD ON! Native Cooking
What types of food did Native Americans eat? Further your students experience by cooking corn
cakes over an open fire! Add 1/2 hour to program, $4/student. Maximum: 60 students.

Sampler of Early American Life

What was it like to live in the 1700s? Students explore our historic house to learn
about colonial clothing, foods, and medicines, while also trying their hand at 18th-century
“women’s” and “men’s” work. Program led by costumed museum teachers. Grade 3 and
up. Program length: 1 1/2 hours. Fee: $7/student. Minimum: 18 students, Maximum:
50 students.

ADD ON! Colonial Schoolhouse
What was colonial school like? Further your students’ experience by attending a
colonial school, using primers, slates, and quill pens. Add 1 hour to program, $4/student.
Maximum: 60 students.

ADD ON! Hearth Cooking
What types of food did colonial people eat? The ultimate
colonial experience! Students will help make “Flatjacks” over an open fire when
you add this element to any of our Sampler programs. Add $4/student.

A Day of Living History

How did colonial families live, work and play? A day in the life of a colonial character!
Students research and play the roles of families who lived in Noah Webster’s neighborhood
in 1774. Led by our costumed museum teachers, students move through our house while
doing chores, attending school, dancing, playing games, and cooking their own lunch
on an open hearth. Use of our pre-visit materials is required. Grade 4 and up. Program
length: 4 hours. Fee: $18/student. Minimum: 20 students, Maximum: 60 students.

Town Meeting

What issues led to the American Revolution? At a 1774 town meeting, Hartford colonists
voted to stop trade with England in response to policies that they thought were
unfair. Role-playing Patriots versus Loyalists, the students move through our historic
house while discussing the issues of the day with our costumed museum teachers.
Then they have a chance to vote during their own 1774 town meeting. Use of our pre-visit
materials is required. Grade 5 and up. Program length: 1 1/2 hours. Fee: $9/student.
Minimum: 20 students, Maximum: 50 students.

Noah Webster: Language, Literacy & Legacy

How does Noah’s legacy continue to affect us today? This interdisciplinary program
combines language arts and history to look at how Noah Webster contributed to American
language and the way we learn. Students explore how language has changed over time
through group activities, discover Noah’s contributions to American education in
a 19th-century schoolhouse, visit our brand new exhibit, “Noah Webster: Defining
American,” and investigate historical objects in Noah’s childhood home. Grade 5
and up. Program length: 2 hours. Fee: $8/student. Minimum: 20 students, Maximum:
50 students.

History Explorers Program for Title 1 Schools

Our “History Explorers Program” offers free programs for Connecticut Title 1 Schools. The program typically includes a pre-visit activity in the classroom, a field trip to the museum, and a post-visit in the classroom. Contact the Education Department for more details and funding possibilities at (860) 521-5362 x14.

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School & Youth Programs

Who We Are

Welcome to the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, a nonprofit museum dedicated to a hands-on approach to learning.

Centered in Noah Webster’s birthplace and inspired by his spirit of discovery, we help students create meaning from the past through participatory experiences and access to historical materials. Our dynamic programs are offered both on-site and in the classroom and meet many of the K-12 Connecticut Curriculum Standards in social studies, language arts, and other disciplines. See the chart for details.

Schedule a Program

We recommend scheduling your program at least 4 weeks in advance. Please have ready: program name, requested date (with alternates), requested start time, total number of students, grade level, teachers’ names, and any special needs. Contact 860.521.5362 x 14 or e-mail

Deposits and Payment

A $50 deposit per program guarantees your reservation and is due by the first day of the month preceding your program. Once the deposit is received, we will send you a written confirmation and pre/post visit materials. The deposit will be deducted from your final balance. Payment is due in full on the day of the program. Please adjust to reflect any absences or additions. We accept checks and credit cards.

Title 1 Schools

Our “History Explorers Program” offers free programs for Connecticut Title 1 Schools. Contact the Education Department for more details and funding possibilities.

Lunch Space

Bringing a bagged lunch? We can accommodate about 60 children on our gallery floor. Advance reservation is required for this space.


One chaperone/adult is required per group of students. For example: A class of 50 students divided into 5 groups would require five chaperones/adults in total free of charge. A $5 fee will be charged for any chaperones over the required minimum. The maximum total number of chaperones allowed per school visit is 10.

Visit Our Museum Shop

What field trip is complete without a trip to the gift shop?
Our museum shop carries books, toys and reproduction artifacts. If you would like your students to use the shop, please let us know when making your reservation. For your convenience, we can also provide shop lists prior to your visit.

Directions & Parking Information

Use Exit 43 (West Hartford Center) off I-84. Turn left at the end of the ramp. At the second light, turn left onto South Main Street. The Noah Webster House is less than a mile up South Main Street, on the right side of the street. When you leave after your program, you will be able to drive straight ahead to another I-84 entrance.


School buses should park on the street in front of the museum between the signs that say “Authorized Parking Only” (on the far side of the driveway). Buses may not park in the parking lot under any circumstances.

Cars may park in the museum’s small parking lot. If it is full, you may park on the street in front of the house (it’s marked “Authorized” for our use). Alternately, you may park on Crestwood Road (right out of our driveway, then take your first left).