Welcome to our online
virtual learning resource.

Here you will find fun lessons and
resources to continue your education
about our world and community.

Please check back here often as new lessons will be added.

We strongly encourage you to find resources appropriate for your learner’s needs. Websites such as NewsELA, ReadWorks, and DOGONews are all valuable resources that adapt news articles to the appropriate reading level for your student.

Virtual Learning Module #6: Your Story Becomes Our History: Journaling During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this module, we share Your Story Becomes Our History, an online presentation (6th-12th) and separate journal guides (K-5th) focused on encouraging young people to keep a journal/diary. The intent of this is to provide context for the importance of keeping a journal at this time, and potentially sharing your experience during the COVID-19 pandemic with our Museum of Ventura County. The downloadable activity sheets will help K-2nd, and 3rd-5th graders get started with journaling!

Activities:

  • Journals Are History

Virtual Learning Module #5: Doctors and Medical Health Professionals Making a Difference in Ventura County

Doctors have served many generations of families living in Ventura County, and the Museum of Ventura County has a very special connection to one in particular, Dr. Cephas Little Bard.

By collecting historic objects and other material as “payment” (or trade) for his doctorly services, Dr. Bard started the collection that became the Museum of Ventura County. April is the month when he was born (April 7, 1843) and passed away (April 20, 1902). By sharing the Doctor’s story and some kid-friendly activities and educational resources, we want to thank Cephas Little Bard for his service to the United States and Ventura County as a Civil War Veteran, a medical professional, and historian!

Activities:

  • Thank You Letters
  • Quarantine Comics

Virtual Learning Module #4: Throwing Shade —
Celebrating Trees During Earth Week in Ventura County!

To celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) and Arbor Day (April 24th) this week, we wanted to focus on one type of tree that we find all throughout Ventura County, the Coast Live Oak. At the Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula, the exhibit “Throwing Shade” featured this magnificent Oak tree and the role it plays in our natural and built worlds. To learn more about trees and their environment, we have brought this exhibit online for you to view from your own home!

Activities:

  • Gimme’ Trees Please!
  • Chalk it Up to Trees!

Virtual Learning Module #3: Stay “Safe at Home” in a Mediterranean-Climate Ecosystem

In this module, you will find resources for kids and adults to learn about the Mediterranean-Climate Ecosystem. Included are several self-directed learning activities, nature journaling, arts, crafts and more! You will also learn about the connection between our Mediterranean Climate and the top crops in Ventura County.

Activity #1: “Safe at Home” Student/Family Activity

This activity features learning resources focused on helping kids and families learn what an ecosystem is and how Ventura County is located within one of five areas in the world that has a Mediterranean Climate. Resources include maps, videos, websites and more!

Activity #2: Growing Food in a Mediterranean Climate

Our Agriculture Museum shares the history of farming in Ventura County, and this activity provides resources and related questions that can help learners appreciate the top crops grown in our Mediterranean Climate. Resources include historic “Top Crop” charts, a video about an amazing local crop, and question prompts for engaging learners.

From scrapping in WWII to social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, kids have had an important role to play in helping Ventura County support national goals during a time of crisis! Below you find online resources that relate to this theme of “How Kids and Families Help on the Home-front.” There are descriptions of each link, and they are arranged in the categories of History, Art, or STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math).

Activity #1: Kids and Families Helped with Scrapping

Activity #2: Make Your Own Poster!

Activity #3: STEAM Connection – Victory Gardens

Activity #1: Introduction to the Monarch Butterfly

In this activity, you will find numerous resources that connect kids (and their adults) with the Monarch Butterfly. Follow some of the links to learn how this butterfly can migrate long distances, ecological challenges they face, and how people can help from home! A short 6-min. video is included to introduce how Monarchs migrate and the scientists and conservationists working to protect this species.

Activity #2: Symmetry and how to make your Monarch!

In this module, kids (and their adults) will encounter multiple ways to reveal the concept of “symmetry” in both art and nature! A short video clip introduces the concept, and there are links to create craft activities, including virtual painting and design. One of our favorite insects showing symmetry is the Monarch Butterfly, and we strongly encourage you to share your creations with us via social media! (Recommended K-6th Grade)

Note- This activity can be connected with a “nature walk” in your neighborhood, backyard or even a patio—see the description in the activity guide. During this COVID-19 “learn at home” timeframe, it is still possible to get outdoors (while maintaining social distancing).