Tours for upper elementary students give them a chance to experience how historic artifacts reflect the humanity of the time in which they were created and the people who made them. Students are challenged to look at specific elements of the Old State Capitol and how these artifacts “speak” without words. 

Here are some activities you can use with students before and after your tour:

  • The Humanities of Animals Worksheet - Write a brief essay inspired by a historical image.  Then, write about the humanity of an object at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol.
  • Meet the Artifact Worksheet
    • Use this worksheet to help students focus in on careful observation of an artifact to learn how they can tell us more about a different time and place.
    • The Old State Capitol can provide an activity where your students will “Meet the Artifact” and discuss what they have observed and the significance of the object.
  • The Meaning of Colors - How colors make us feel
  • Make your own "faux bois" (false wood) finish to make any surface look like wood!
    • Louisiana's Old State Capitol has "faux bois" to make cypress wood look like hard oak.
    • This can be simplified at home or in the classroom by just using two paint colors and a graining tool. 
    • Step-by-step instructions
  • Write your own autobiography inspired by the titles of former Governor Huey P. Long’s autobiography titles. 
    • Choose: Every Man A King and/or My First Days in the White House.
    • Put the title at the top and then write your own version of your life story!
  • The Scary Castle vs. The Friendly Castle - Compare and contrast exercise

Upper Elementary Standards (By Grade)



This program is funded under a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.