Curriculum Guides

Curriculum guides offer standards-based lesson plans and materials to aid in the exploration of museum themes and skills within the classrooms.

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Upper Elementary

Critical Thinking Skills through Vatican City Stamps

Designed to support Catholic school curriculum, this guide to the Postal Museum’s Vatican City stamp collection provides an introduction to the wealth of visual resources to illustrate papal history, biblical stories, and saints. Other teachers may be inspired to use similar thinking strategies on stamps from any country around the world.

Celebrating People with Disabilities through Stamps

Many states and districts are adding the teaching of disability studies to education requirements. Reference this guide to get ideas and guidelines for best practices in teaching about the history and activisim of people who have disabilities.

Design It! Student Stamps for America

A set of units in this interdisciplinary curriculum brings together history and visual arts through stamps.  Students will learn about the history of stamps, the rules for selecting a subject, how to design a stamp, and apply artistic skills in designing their own stamp!

Problem Solving: a 21st Century Skill Challenge

Challenged repeatedly throughout history to identify faster, more efficient, and safer systems, the innovators and engineers for the postal systems in the United States provide a rare opportunity to see how problem solving the same challenge (universal service) can change over time.

This lesson plan provides a sample of how middle school science teachers can teach problem solving and engineering.

Victory Mail: Elementary

These activities provide a creative way to teach writing skills - letter writing for elementary and middle school - and about World War II as well as writing for high school students. In conjunction with the National Postal Museum’s online exhibition Victory Mail along with textbooks and other resources already in use in the classroom, these materials will help students understand aspects of  patriotism during wartime, and the significance of personal correspondence by focusing on the efforts made by civilians on the home front during the war. Students will likely find learning about V-Mail an interesting way to engage in writing and social studies lessons.

Middle School

Victory Mail: Middle School

These activities provide a creative way to teach writing skills - letter writing for elementary and middle school - and about World War II as well as writing for high school students. In conjunction with the National Postal Museum’s online exhibition Victory Mail along with textbooks and other resources already in use in the classroom, these materials will help students understand aspects of  patriotism during wartime, and the significance of personal correspondence by focusing on the efforts made by civilians on the home front during the war. Students will likely find learning about V-Mail an interesting way to engage in writing and social studies lessons.