Discovery Boxes                                                                           

Discovery boxes are containers filled with artifacts for students to handle and lesson plans to guide teachers in instruction.  They are available for educators to check-out and use for one week periods.  

The lesson plans are designed to meet Indiana State Standards in certain grade levels but are easily adaptable for students of all ages.

Cost: Free

To register: Contact Patrick at 574-848-4322 or


Available Discovery Box Themes:


American Indian Experience


The American Indian Experience in Elkhart County Discovery Box features two lesson plans. The first lesson plan examines the Miami and Potawatomi culture as well as the fur trade. The second lesson plan teaches kids about primary and secondary sources using the artwork of George Winter.  George Winter lived in Indiana during the time of the Potawatomi removal and painted, sketched, and wrote in his journal about the Trail of Death.

Meets Indiana School State Standards: 4.1.1, 4.1.18, 4.1.5, 4.2.5, 4.3.11, 4.4.3, 4.4.7


Indiana’s Historic Lincoln Highway

Created by Indiana Lincoln Highway Association, this box invites students to travel along the Lincoln Highway to discover the origins of the historic road.  Students will explore the sites along the road and uncover information about the road’s namesake, Abraham Lincoln.

Meets Indiana State School Standards: 3rd & 4th grade English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science. 


Pioneer Life

The Pioneer Life Discovery Box looks at life in 1839 Elkhart County through the eyes of two children.  Students will read through journal entries written by the two siblings, Kate and Adam, and handle multiple artifacts to learn about pioneer life at home and school.

Meets Indiana State School Standards: 1.1.1, 1.3.7, 1.7.1, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.4, 2.3.5, 2.7.4, 3.1.2, 3.1.8, 3.7.3, 3.7.15


WWII In Elkhart County

The World War II discovery box highlights life on the home front during WWII.  The box focuses on 5 different WWII home front themes: The impact of the media, the changing role of women, ‘V’ for Victory, conservation, and conscientious objection.

Meets Indiana Academic Standards for United States History, World History, Economics and Sociology: USH.5.6, WH.8.4, WH.9.2, E.1.2, S.6.8, S.8.7