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Mary and Maria: The Stories Objects Tell

 

In this lesson we discuss how objects, photographs, architecture, and letters all make up what is referred to as material culture. Material culture can illuminate aspects of peoples lives which help archaeologists and historians learn about the past. By exploring the rooms of Maria Chabot and Mary Cabot Wheelright through a 360 tour, students investigate who these women were and how they fit into the history of New Mexico. Students study the meaning behind objects and use primary sources as a means of examining history.

Download Teacher Lesson Plan

Students can download and print the age-appropriate resources below:

Download Student Activity Packet (Grades: 2-4)

Download Student Activity Packet (Grades: 5-8)

Download Student Activity Packet (Grades: 9-12)

After reading the background section of the Teacher Lesson Plan, students can use the 360 degree tour below of  Mary and Maria's bedrooms to complete the activity packets. You can make the tour full screen by clicking the menu button in the upper right hand corner of the tour. Be sure to explore the hotspots in the rooms to learn more about the two individuals who lived there. There is also audio embed in the virtual tour, so turn on your speakers if you want to listen and enable audio in the upper right hand corner.