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Virtual Stenton

Welcome to the Virtual Stenton Page! Here you will find everything you need to teach about Stenton and prepare for your Live Google Meet/ ZOOM Session. Below you will find the workbook page numbers to assign, the VR House Tour, mini video lessons, and additional resources that you can download the files/ copy the links and include them on your Google Classroom Page. 

Workbook 2017 Edition

Stenton Pages 30-41

Workbook 2020 Edition

Stenton Pages 30-41

Organizational Charts 

Students can use an organizational chart to help them take notes while reading the workbook section and watching the VR Tour. Students can refer to their notes during Live Video Chat with the Educator or while completing their post-visit Reporter Assignments.

KWL Chart- Students will write what they already know and what they want to know about Colonial Pennsylvania before reading the workbook section. Then, they can write what they learned during or after reading the workbook.

Notes, Key Points & Summary Chart - Students can use this chart to take notes while reading the workbook or watching the VR Tour. After they take notes, they can pull out main points from their notes and summarize what they learned in a few sentences. (Standards 4th Grade: CC.1.2.4.A; CC1.4.4.W.   5th Grade: CC.1.2.5.A; CC.1.4.4.W.)

Remaining Questions- Encourage students to write 1 or 2 questions that they still have after reading the workbook and watching the VR tour. Teachers can email their students' questions to the Program Director before their Live Session, so the Educators can answer them live.

Stenton VR Tour

Make sure students watch the house tour prior to your scheduled live meeting with History Hunters Educators.

How to view: This video was recorded with a 360-degree camera. Click and drag the video around to look all over the room!

English Tour

Spanish Tour

Assignment options: If time allows, you can assign the entire video (21:34). Here are suggestions on how to assign the video in segments:

Option A

Intro: 0:00-2:58

First Floor: 2:58- 11:25

Second Floor: 11:25- 16:50

Garret: 16:50- 21:34

Option B

Intro and First Floor: 0:00- 11:25

Second Floor and Garret:11:25- 21:34


Stenton Barn Activity- interactive photos of the Stenton Barn. Students can explore the barn and learn about how 18th century tools were used. The question sheets students usually use on site in the Barn are available here in Google Doc and Google Forms formats.

Lenape Creation Story Reading & Questions- 1 page reading about a Lenape man explaining the creation of the world to a Dutch settler followed by reading comprehension questions. Google Forms questions available here


How to Make Wampum at Home- Simple instructions to make wampum like students usually do during the in-person field trip to Stenton.

Object Analysis Worksheet- Students will analyze Stenton's Redware Bowl and learn more about Logan's relationship with the Iroquois. Answer Sheet.

Piecing Together Dinah Primary Source Activity- Students will use primary source documents from the Logan family to learn about Dinah. Questions available in Google Doc and Google Forms. 

Object Analysis: Different Perspectives- What can objects tell us about the people who used them? Students will choose an object found in Stenton and answer the questions. Questions available in Google Doc and Google Forms.


A Lost World (1600-1680) - Philadelphia: The Great Experiment- 29 minute video - For centuries, the land that will become Philadelphia is home to the Lenape people. The rich soil and rivers support a peaceful civilization, but in the 1600's Dutch settlers assert their rights to the territory, and a bloody confrontation erupts. Swedish farmers arrive next, but their colony is torn apart by the tyrannical rule of Governor Johan Printz. By the late 1600's, persecuted English Quakers seek a safe haven in the area just as outbreaks of European disease devastate the Lenape.  Teacher/Student materials connected to the video available here.

Remember My Name: Dinah's Story

This 22 minute performance, written by Robert Branch, brings Dinah's story to life as a conversation between younger Dinah and older Dinah. Based on primary source research, storyteller Irma Gardner-Hammond and theatre artist Marissa Kennedy recount Dinah's life at Stenton from slavery to freedom.


 Excerpts from Franklin's Spark-

Philadelphia: The Great Experiment 

Follow the life of Sampson, enslaved to Governor James Logan,  who strikes out for freedom, forcing Quaker power brokers to wrestle with the great evil of their times.

History Hunters Video Series: "What the Heck is This?"

Get an up-close look at some objects in Stenton. Can you decide how they were used?

Stenton #1 - Take a look at this box behind James Logan's desk. What is it? What was it used for? Find out in this video!

Stenton #2 - Take a look inside Stenton's Parlor. Where does this door lead? Who used that door? Find out in this video!

Stenton #3 - Explore Stenton's Back Dining Room. What is that object on the table? What   was it used for? Find out in this video!

Stenton #4 - Find out what happened to Deborah Norris Logan's original portrait.

Stenton #5- Did you know there are two sets of stairs in Stenton? How are they different? Who used them? Find out in the compare the stairs video

Stenton #6 - Welcome to the Yellow Lodging Room. What was the most expensive item in the bedroom and why was it so expensive? Learn all about it in this video.

Stenton #7- Check out some artifacts from Stenton. What is it? What can we learn about the past through archaeology?

Stenton Barn #1- Take a look at this leather apron in Stenton's Barn. Who would have worn this and what was their profession?

Stenton Barn #2- Take a look at this object that would have been worn by a horse. What was its purpose?

Stenton Barn #3- Take a look at this outbuilding on Stenton's property. What was it used for?

Stenton Barn #4- Take a look at another large outbuilding at Stenton. What is it?

Stenton Barn #5- Take a look at this tool in Stenton's Barn. What was it used for?

Stenton Barn #6- Take a look at another tool in Stenton's Barn. What did it have to do with food production?

Related Lesson Plans/ Resources

Lenape Webquest- Students will be traveling in a time machine and land in the middle of a Lenape village. While here you be learning about the Lenape people and different Native American tribes. You will experience what life was like for them on a daily basis and see how different your life is like now. You will learn about the different nations of the Lenape, how their community was arranged and what it was like for them to encounter the explorers in the 17th century. You must fully understand what it was like as a Lenape before you can return to the 21st century! Includes grading rubric and Teacher Page with standards.

Penn Museum Resources- The Penn Museum, located at 3260 South Street in Philadelphia, offers a variety of educational resources about unit plan about contemporary Native American experiences, traditional pottery and games activities, food lessons, and wampum information. 

Iroquois Oral History Lesson Plan- includes drawing activity, oral history and legends reading, and option exit slip writing prompt.

Interactive Time-Lapse Map- This interactive map, produced by University of Georgia historian Claudio Saunt to accompany his new book West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776, offers a time-lapse vision of the transfer of Indian land between 1776 and 1887. 

Native Land Digital is Indigenous-led site that maps the lands of Indigenous nations. Their Teachers Guide includes detailed instructions on how to use the maps, as well as exercises for use by teachers of different levels, from kids to adults. The Guide discusses the pros and cons of the map itself, the importance of learning more about colonialism, and provides resources for teachers to learn more.

Walking Purchase Map- 1737 Map of the Walking Purchase in the Logan Family Papers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Walking Purchase Marker and Info- More information about the Walking Purchase, including the Historical Marker, Maps, and images.

Reporter Assignments 

There are 7 different types of newspaper features listed below for your student reporters. You may choose to assign several students to each type of feature, or have students work in groups to complete the 7 assignments. Read over the assignments carefully with students before your virtual tour, so that they understand their own particular "fact-finding" mission. They will use the notes from their virtual visit to complete their newspaper writing assignment as a post-visit activity. These assignments are available in the workbook or below as Google Docs.

1. Travel writer's account 

2. News Story

3. Interview

4. Illustration

5. Editorial

6. Comics

7. Poem

Additional Assessments 

Stenton Vocab Quiz- Google Doc, Answer Sheet, and Google Form

Historical Figures Writing Prompt - Google Doc (PA English Language Arts standards included on doc)

Memorials Writing Prompt- Google Doc (PA English Language Arts standards included on doc)

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