K-12 Educators

Rocks and Minerals

(Grades 3-5) Students will become geologists as they explore the fascinating underground world of rocks and minerals. They will learn how scientists use color, heft, hardness, and other properties to identify minerals and discover the surprising uses of minerals around the home.

The Changing Earth

(Grades 3-5) Students will explore rocks, fossils, and other specimens to uncover the geologic history of our region over the past 600 million years. They will discover how plate tectonics, weathering, erosion, and mountain building have all shaped New England’s landscape.

Forest Ecology

(Grades 3-5) By examining animal skulls, leaves, fungus, and other natural objects, students will investigate life in a New England forest.  From tiny insects to towering trees, from sun to soil, students will explore the connections between living and nonliving components of an ecosystem.

Minerals Lab

(Grades 3-5) Students will become geologists as they explore an amazing array of minerals in a lab-like setting. Using scientific tests and careful observations of properties such as color, hardness and magnetism, students practice identifying common minerals the way geologists do.

Sketchbook Naturalists: Bird Adaptations

(Grades 3-5) Through careful observations and sketches, students will follow in the footsteps of great naturalists, learning science by studying natural objects. They will investigate the special features of a variety of bird groups to discover how these animals are adapted to their habitats.

Human Origins

(Grades 6-8) How did we become the brainy, social, bipedal creatures that we are today? Using the evidence shown in the skulls, bones, and tools of our ancient human ancestors, students will explore the way environmental changes drove the evolution of our species.

Amazing Aztecs

(Grades 4-7) Explore the Mexica and Aztec civilization through artifacts and primary documents. Use these primary sources to investigate the contact between Aztec and Spanish peoples. Learn about how ancient Mexica ways connect to the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico today.

Magnificent Maya

(Grades 4-7) Investigate Classic Period Maya culture and people through the clues left behind in their tools, buildings, and writing. Learn how archaeologists and other scientists unravel the mysteries of past cultures and what they mean today.

New England’s Prehistoric Past

(Grades 6-12) How has New England changed over the past 500 million years? By studying rocks, fossils, and living animals that provide the clues to ancient oceans, volcanoes, and ice ages, students will leave this lab with a better understanding of what New England looked like, who lived here, and how scientists know about these ancient environments.

Human Evolution

(Grades 6-12) By comparing the skeletons and technology of human and non-human primates from Australopithecus to Homo sapiens students will see the evolutionary trends which led to the emergence of modern humans.