Curriculum Alignment

State Benchmarks

As an informal learning environment, the Roswell Museum offers programs that complement many of the educational benchmarks required by the State of New Mexico. We’ve listed a few ways the Museum can help meet the important standards of your academic year. We believe that the Museum, with its ability to look at the past, present, and future through a variety of resources, is a place where students can explore patterns of human life and expressions of human experience.

The State’s benchmarks, categorized by goals laid out for grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12, are combined and paraphrased here, listing the deepening skills each benchmark aims for as students progress. Please contact Museum Educator to discuss how we can tailor our resources to support your curriculum at 575-500-0352.

Social Studies

(Strand: History- Standard I)

Students are able to identify important people and events in order to analyze significant patterns, relationships, themes, ideas, beliefs, and turning points in New Mexico, United States, and world history in order to understand the complexity of the human experience.

(Strand : Geography- Content Standard II)

Students understand how physical, natural, and cultural processes influence where people live, the ways in which people live, and how societies interact with one another and their environments.

(Strand: Civics and Government- Content Standard III)

Students understand the ideals, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship and understand the content and history of the founding documents of the United States with particular emphasis on the United States and New Mexico constitutions and how governments function at local, state, tribal, and national levels.


(Content Standards 3)

Integrate understanding of visual and performing arts by seeking connections and parallels among arts disciplines as well as all other content areas.

(Content Standard 4) 

Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of the creative process.

(Content Standard 5)


Observe, discuss, analyze, and make critical judgments about artistic works.

(Content Standard 6) 

Show increased awareness of diverse peoples and cultures through visual and performing arts.

Language Arts

(Guiding Principles 1, 5)

An effective language arts curriculum develops thinking and language together through interactive learning and provides for literacy in all forms of media.


(Strand II- Standard I)

Understand the structure and properties of matter, the characteristics of energy, and the interactions between matter and energy. 

(Strand II- Standard III)

Understand the structure of the Earth, the solar system, and the universe, the interconnections among them, and the processes and interactions of Earth's systems. 

(Strand III-Standard I)

​​Understand how scientific discoveries, inventions, practices, and knowledge influence, and are influenced by individuals and societies.