Classroom Kits & Other Resources

Learning resources for people of all ages

Image of A young student touches a fur sample in the museum galleryCheck out the resources below for ways to deepen learning. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Education Team.

Classroom kits may be borrowed by K-12 teachers. Some kits require training before use. Please contact us for more information.

Kits ready for loan

  • Dinosaurs (K-Grade 2, science)
  • Growing Up Digital (K-Grade 5)
  • Michigan mammal skulls kit (Grade 6-12, science)

  • Clipbirds Natural Selection Simulation (Grades 9-12, biology)
  • Hominin Lab (Grades 9-12, biology)

  • Primate Lab (Grades 9-12, biology)
  • What are Civil Rights? (Grade 8, U.S. history)
  • What are Civil Rights? (High school, U.S. history - Reconstruction to present)

Kits available soon

  • Fur Trade Adventure (Grade 3, social studies)
  • Fossils (Middle school, science)
  • Ancient Tools (Middle school, social studies)

We are pleased to offer teaching materials designed to complement resources at the MSU Museum. Whether or not you can visit the Museum with your students, these materials provide ways to experience the resources in your classroom. Click on your selection below to access materials.

Elementary School

Social Studies at the MSU Museum: A list of MSU Museum exhibits and resources recommended for social studies

Middle School & High School

Practicing Exposition Techniques with the Ruby Bridges Quilt and the Quilt Index: A First-Year Writing lesson by MSU professor Dr. Cheryl Caesar

Social Studies at the MSU Museum: A list of MSU Museum exhibits and resources recommended for social studies

Adult Learners

Museum Object Activity: Guiding questions for exploring museum objects

Practicing Exposition Techniques with the Ruby Bridges Quilt and the Quilt Index: A First-Year Writing lesson by MSU professor Dr. Cheryl Caesar

Using Natural History to Engage with Theatre History at the MSU Museum: A museum-based activity for "Studies in Theatre History" (THR 431) by Dr. Daniel Smith, MSU Department of Theatre

Want to learn more about how you can use museum resources with your students?

Read any of our "Museum Teaching 101" pages below. If you have questions or would like support for museum-based teaching, please contact the Education Team. We are happy to work with you.

The MSU Museum offers online access to selected internal collections resources. We also are pleased to share collections and informational databases from other institutions. The Michigan State University Museum is the first collection holding unit established on campus. It has comprehensive natural science collections and the university's most extensive and diverse cultural collections. Michigan State University Museum’s collections are the tangible evidence of the diversity of nature and human cultures throughout the world and through time. are used for research, education, exhibition, outreach and engagement projects. The Museum preserves, protects, and cares for nearly one million natural science specimens and cultural artifacts.  Researchers, educators, students, artists, and community members use the collections to create new knowledge, to be inspired, and to spark others’ curiosity and imagination. The collections are available for on-site research and teaching by appointment only. To schedule an appointment in the Cultural Collections, contact Lynne Swanson, Collection Manager for Cultural Collections by phone at 517.355.3304 or by email at swansonl@msu.edu. To schedule an appointment in the Vertebrate Collections, contact Laura Abraczinskas, Collections Manager for Vertebrate Collections, by phone at 517.355.1290 or by email at abraczi1@msu.edu.

Image of Collection of Michigan State University promotional buttonsCulture

Image of Mammal study skins in a collections drawerScience

  • AVoCet (Avian Vocalizations Center)
  • FishNet2 (Fish Specimen Database Network)
  • GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility)
  • IDigBio (Integrated Digitized Biocollections)
  • VertNet (Vertebrate Collections Database Network)

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