School Tours

Hackett House School Tours 2015-2016

“Around the World in Your Own Backyard”

Tempe Sister Cities Corporation is offering to Elementary School sixth graders in the Tempe area the educational opportunity to attend an award-winning educational tour at the historic Hackett House, Tempe’s first bakery and home of the Sister Cities Friendship Rooms.  A program will be presented to the students to share what is not only in our “own backyard,” but what Tempe shares with other cities around the world.  Students will learn about early Tempe history and the diverse cultures of our nine Sister Cities.

The Hackett House, a registered historic site, is owned by the City of Tempe and is operated by the Tempe Sister Cities organization of volunteers as a visitor’s center, gift shop, and a place to showcase and display the gifts and artifacts from Tempe’s nine Sister Cities around the world.  It also is the center for many cultural and educational programs developed over the years to enrich the lives of adults and children living in Tempe.

The tour consists of a brief history of the Hackett House building, historical tidbits of Tempe, and an introduction to the Tempe Sister Cities of Skopje, Macedonia; Regensburg, Germany; Lower Hutt, New Zealand; Beaulieu Sur Mer, France; Carlow, Ireland; Zhenjiang, China; Timbuktu, Mali; Cuenca, Ecuador; and Cusco, Peru.  All of our tour guides are volunteers.

The program has been structured to include Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings to help students make important connections, as well as links to the 6th Grade Arizona Social Studies and Common Core Standards.  Each country is looked at from the perspective of:

¨      Location/Geography

¨      Influence of water on development and trade

¨      History

¨      Cultural Connections

¨      Economics/Trade

¨      Timeline

The following Social Studies performance objectives have been identified for each category:

¨      Primary/Secondary Sources – S2C1PO5

¨      Timelines – S2C1PO3

¨      Location/Geography – S4C1PO4, S4C4PO2-PO4, S4C6PO1

¨      Water and Trade – S2C2PO3, S2C3PO6, S4C4PO4, S4C5PO3

¨      History – S2C1PO8, S21C2PO6, S2C3PO2, S2C4PO1

¨      Cultural Connections – S2C1PO7-PO8, S2C2PO2, S2C3PO7, S4C2PO3, PO5, S4C4PO2, S4C5PO2, PO3, S4C6PO1, S2C9PO1, PO2, S2C6PO6,

¨      Economics/Trade – S2C3PO6-PO7, S4C4PO4, S5C1PO1-PO5, S4C5PO1


In addition, the following Arizona Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies are addressed in post-visit activities:

¨  6.8WHST.2

¨  6.8WHST.4

¨  6.8WHST.7

¨  6.8WHST.10

Enduring Understandings will be addressed during the tour:

  • Culture shapes how we see ourselves, others, and the world.
  • The desire to expand trade led to the creation of trade routes throughout the world.
  • The present is influenced by the past.
  • Some aspects of cultures change while others maintain continuity.

Essential Questions will be addressed during the tour:

  • Why is it important to understand different cultures?
  • How are we transformed by the study of cultures?
  • What are similarities and differences of the cities and countries?
  • How are we connected to people in other countries?
  • How did water ways impact settlement?

Tour Logistics for up to 64 students:

  • Tour 9:30-11:00
  • Please place students in 4 equal groups.
  • Refreshments will be provided.
  • Buses will pick up students at 11:00. If children are bringing a sack lunch to eat on patio, transportation must pick up students by 11:30.

Tour Logistics for 65-90 students (with enough notice):

  • Tour time:  9:30-11:30
  • Please place students in 6 equal groups.
  • Refreshments will be provided.
  • If children are bringing a sack lunch to eat on patio, transportation must pick up students by 12:00.

Register for a Tour:

The tour is paid for by a special fund that accommodates bus transportation to/from the Hackett House only (additional stops will not be covered).  It will also pay for a substitute should one be needed.

Please contact the Hackett House School Tours Coordinator to set a date:

Lynn Etter



Please contact Lynn Etter, School Tours Coordinator, at 480-220-4719 or by email at for questions or to schedule a tour.

 For questions from an experienced participant, contact JoAnn Hopper (former Connolly Middle School Social Studies teacher) 480-241-6019,

A wealth of information awaits you in the TEACHER PACKET.  The packet will help prepare your students for the trip to the Hackett House as well as enrich their learning upon their return.


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