BOCES Extended Classroom information/Learning Standards:

Bement-Billings (Newark Valley Historical Society)
Bement-Billings Farmstead Living History Museum (Grades 2-6)

Without a doubt, agriculture has played an important role in the formation of this country and has touched virtually every aspect of human life. At the Bement-Billings Farmstead, students explore their connection to the farm through interactive communications with trained museum guides, the study of 19th century artifacts, and five selected hands-on activities. These activities may include: churning butter in a real pre-Civil War kitchen; learning lessons in a one-room school; carding and spinning wool to make yarn; weaving on hand looms; visiting a wood-working shop; learning about herbal remedies and wild foods; designing a quilt square; watching a blacksmith work on a forge; experiencing oral history through storytelling; or playing old-fashioned games. In addition to the tour, you are invited to spend some extra time at the Farmstead. Picnic facilities are available for lunch.

Common Core Learning Standards: English Language Arts:

  • Comprehension and Collaboration (Speaking and Listening)
  • Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Learning Standards for Physical Education:

  • Resource Management

Learning Standards for Science:

  • Use Scientific Inquiry to Pose Questions, See Answers, Develop Solutions
  • Apply Scientific Concepts, Principles, and Theories Pertaining to Physical Setting and Living Environment
  • Apply Knowledge & Thinking Skills of Science to Address Real-Life Problems

Learning Standards for Social Studies:

  • History of the US and NY
  • Geography
  • Economics