Classroom Kits & Other Resources
We have learning resources for people of all ages. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Education Team.
Classroom teaching kits
Classroom resource boxes may be borrowed by K-12 teachers. Some boxes require training before use. Please contact us for more information.
- Fossils (Elementary and middle school, science): Supplement NGSS evolution topics with this three part, hands-on kit. Students review what fossils are and how they are made, determine the relative age of fossils, and gather and organize data about the evolution of the vertebrate front limb. The activities include fossils and/or fossil casts. Kit includes: all materials for each activity, teacher directions, master copies of student handouts, and teacher keys. Time required: 2-3 class periods.
- Hominin Lab (Grades 9-12, biology) : Students compare skull casts of early human ancestors to collect data at stations and generate an evolutionary tree depicting hominin lineage. Kit includes: 8 hominin skull replicas, labels and directions, student handout masters, teacher information and keys. Time required: 1-2 class periods (suggest doing after Primate Lab, below)
- Primate Lab (Grades 9-12, biology): Students compare skull casts of primates to collect data at stations. Kit includes: 8 primate skull replicas, labels and directions, student handout masters, teacher information and keys. Time required: 1-2 class periods (suggest doing before Hominin Lab, above)
Social Studies, Culture, and Technology Boxes
- Ancient Tools (Middle school, social studies): Hands-on stations with artifacts provide an opportunity for students to examine, analyze, and critically think about tool use, development, and significance in prehistoric times. Students are encouraged to approach artifacts analysis like an archaeologist by making careful observations and logical connections. A grinding station is included to provide a glimpse into the effort required to use stone tools. Kit includes: artifacts and labels for each station, teacher notes and directions, master copy of student packet, teacher key, and PowerPoint slide presentation of the stations for review with students upon completion of the activity. Time required: 1-2 class periods
- Fur Trade Adventure (Grade 3, social studies): Learn about the fur trade in Michigan through specimens, reproduction hands-on objects, and classroom simulations. Box includes lesson plans and student activity sheets. Time required: 1-3 class periods
- Technology over Time (K-Grade 5, social studies or technology): This kit is a great tool for teaching the concept of change over time. Hands-on stations with historical technology objects grouped into categories: telephone communication, photography, film and video, music, data storage, and more. Students work in groups to explore the examples of technology and determine their uses, describe change over time, and make comparisons with current technology. Students are challenged to consider what next steps in technology might occur and why. Time required: 1 class period
What are Civil Rights?
Grade 5, Grade 8, and high school U.S. History - Colonial America through Reconstruction: Provides introduction and contextualization for the study of civil rights and civil rights-related topics. Gives students opportunities to explore reproduction objects representing different groups' civil rights over time. Big Questions: What are civil rights? Who is impacted by civil rights, how, and why? How does the thread of civil rights efforts run throughout history? Kit includes objects, lesson plan, and student activity sheet. Time required: 1 or 2 class periods.
High school, U.S. History - Reconstruction to present: Provides introduction and contextualization for the study of civil rights and civil rights-related topics. Gives students opportunities to explore reproduction objects representing different groups' civil rights over time. Big Questions: What are civil rights? Who is impacted by civil rights, how, and why? How does the thread of civil rights efforts run throughout history? Kit includes objects, lesson plan, and student activity sheet. Time required: 1 or 2 class periods. AP U.S. History teachers - borrow both middle school and high school kits
"Critter Guy" Wildlife & Natural History Question Line
Virtually everyone who lives in, or even just passes through, the Great State of Michigan, will come in contact with wild animals and other natural wonders. This website will, we hope, be a helpful resource for investigating our native (and sometimes non-native) wildlife and other natural objects and for helping to solve problems when people and wild animals come into conflict.
Of course, we can't possibly have the answers to all the possible questions on Michigan natural history and wildlife that might arise , but when we're stumped we can usually point you towards other resources that may help solve the problem.
Tips for teaching with museum resources
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.