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Curriculum Trunks

Thank you for your interest in the Holocaust Museum Houston Curriculum Trunk Program. Please note that there are changes in place for the 2013-2014 academic year.
ipad Trunks
For the 2013-2014 academic year, our new digitally based iPad 2 and iPad mini trunks are the only curriculum trunks available (i.e., the traditional trunks are no longer available). Our digitally based trunks may be ordered on a first-come, first-served basis. For the 2013-2014 pilot year, the fee to borrow the trunk is $100. A deposit of $50 must be paid at the time of the confirmation; the balance will be due at the end of the borrowing period. 

Holocaust Museum Houston has secured a $5,000 grant to be used as a scholarship opportunity for any school wishing to use a digital trunk in the 2013-2014 academic year. This fund will underwrite the $100 fee, and funds will be available without any restriction or application to any school eligible for the trunk program, until the funds are depleted (although this fund is expected to provide assistance to all eligible schools this year). Schools should apply as normal for the trunk, submitting all four pages of the application. The credit card information still must be submitted, however (see the liability information section of the application for details).

Each trunk contains either a class set of iPad 2s or iPad minis (30 total per trunk). Each digital device has an individual cover and is pre-loaded with an iBook written by the Museum's education staff, “Exploring the Holocaust & Genocide,” which is an overview of the Holocaust and genocide history connecting to literature and art. There are also links to appropriate Web sites, if your school permits student access to the Internet via outside devices.  

The following literature pieces are available on each device (accessible via the Kindle application):

 Title Author
Notes
"Art from the Ashes:  A Holocaust Anthology"  
Lawrence Langer (ed.)

Ages 14+
Varies
Note: only available on the iPad 2s
"Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction" (2nd edition) Adam Jones Ages 14+
Nonfiction
"The Book Thief" Markus Zusak  Ages 12+
Fiction

"I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding during World War II"
Marisabina Russo  Ages 5+
Picture Book 
"The Journey That Saved Curious George"
Louise W. Borden and Allan Drummond  Ages 9+
Picture Book

"Number the Stars"
Lois Lowry  Ages 9+
Fiction 
"Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust"
Alexandra Zapruder  Ages 11+
Nonfiction 
"T4: A Novel" Ann Clare LeZotte Ages 10+
Fiction 

Each school that participates in this program will be expected to complete evaluation forms by both the teacher(s) and the students. The trunk must be picked up at Holocaust Museum Houston during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and may be borrowed for up to three weeks. For the 2013-2014 academic year, trunks will not be shipped directly to schools; they must be picked up at the Museum unless special arrangements are made for your school to fund shipping.

To request a digital curriculum trunk, please complete the Trunk Request Form and e-mail it to trunks@hmh.org or send by fax  to 713-942-7953, “Attention Trunks.”

The Holocaust Museum Houston Curriculum Trunk Program is generously underwritten by the The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Eleanor & Frank Freed Foundation, the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission and the Sending Support Charitable Foundation. This program is also presented with appreciation to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) for supporting this educator training program. Through recovering the assets of the victims of the Holocaust, the Claims Conference enables organizations around the world to provide education about the Shoah and to preserve the memory of those who perished.

Claims Conference

For more information, call 713-942-8000, ext. 105 or e-mail trunks@hmh.org.

 
Request a Trunk!
 
To reserve a curriculum trunk for your classroom, download the Trunk Request Form below.

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