Teacher’s Guide for
Mrs. Brown On Exhibit by Susan Katz
Illustrated by R.W. Alley
Have you ever been to a museum? What types of museums are there? What is the neatest thing you’ve ever seen in a museum?
- Count the number of museums that Mrs. Brown’s class visits.
- Make a list of the topics the students learned about.
- How could you classify the types of museums that the children visited? Are there any other ways to classify them?
- Predict which museums you think the kids would want to take their parents back to visit again. Explain why you think so.
- Write five interview questions for Mrs. Brown about her museum experiences.
- Discover what museums are available in your area to visit, and then make a list of them in the order in which you would like to go see them with your most favorite first.
- Of all the museums in the book which one would you most like to visit and why?
- Examine the faces of the children in the book, what do you think each of them is feeling by their expression?
- Imagine you were NOT assigned to Mrs. Brown’s classroom. Write a letter explaining why you should be moved into her room.
- Imagine you got the chance to work at one of the museums. Which one would you choose and why?
- Which poem is your favorite? Why?
- Which picture is your favorite? Why?
Multiple Intelligence Projects for
Mrs. Brown On Exhibit by Susan Katz
Illustrated by R. W. Alley
Write a poem about a museum (or other great place) that you’ve seen. You can pick out one item within the museum or do an overall picture.
Math Brain teasers:
- If the Egyptian museum costs $2.00 per ticket and there are 22 kids in the class, how much money does Mrs. Brown need to get her students in?
- If at the Dinosaur museum only five kids can go into the TV room at a time, how many groups will there need to be?
- At the candy museum, each child can have five samples. How many pieces of candy is that all together?
- If there are 198 butterflies in the arboretum, how many butterflies could each child have if they were allowed to take them home? (Which of course, you just can’t do!)
- If there are ten bugs for every kid in Mrs. Brown’s class at the insectarium, then how many bugs are there total?
Using Sculpey (or other permanent material) create a sculpture of your favorite item found in one of the museums Mrs. Brown visited. Or, visit a new museum yourself, and create a replica of a masterpiece or specimen you see!
Find artwork around the classroom (or your house) and create categories for the items. Decide, as a class, what type of museum you will curate, and then split into groups to develop different “rooms.” When your work is complete, invite another class over to experience your museum.
Brainstorm a list of musical types (and listen to the various ones, if possible). Then, make a list of all the museums you can think of and decide if music would be appropriate to play over their loudspeakers and what type should be played. (Example: Country in a museum about the south)
Make a list of all the museums that you’d like to visit in your lifetime.
Research one museum in a city at least 100 miles from your home. Make a travel plan for a visit. Estimate how much the trip would cost, and what else you might see while in that location. Create a pamphlet or travel brochure about what you learn.
Pretend that you are going to be a curator of a museum. Decide first what type of museum it would be, and then make a list of at least fifty items that you would like to put inside it. Draw a floor plan for your museum, give it a name, decide ticket prices (if any), and your location.