Students in Cade Ruehling's seventh grade spent time exploring the state of Tennessee in a hands-on fashion.
Making Tennessee history come alive for students in a hands-on fashion may be a challenge -- but resources from the Tennessee State Museum have allowed students at Community Middle School to explore the state from Memphis to Mountain City, on the floor of their classroom.
Cade Ruehling's seventh grade students enjoyed one of the museum's Traveling Trunks, called Tennessee: Its Land and People. Along with a 20 by 6 foot floor map, students are provided props of items and animals familiar certain regions, labels to be placed on the landforms and waterways of the state, and images of famous Tennesseeans.
"Students love this map," said Ruehling of the project. "It comes with figurines of horses, cattle, corn and coal."
It is one of 10 Traveling Trunks the state museum loans to teachers free of charge.
Teachers must pay shipping fees to return the items to the museum, or drop them off at the museum personally.
Each trunk may be reserved for a three-week period and includes curriculum standards covering several grade levels and subjects. Home school teachers may also reserve the trunks, but are restricted to using the trunks during December and the first of January, during the summer months, and unbooked periods.
For more information, visit http://tnmuseum.org