(Grades K-2) Explore the elements of a folktale using close looking and object-based discussion. The museum teacher uses storytelling techniques to help students understand the tale’s central message, identify the characters and structure of the tale, and learn more about objects made by Alaska native Tlingit and other native peoples.
(Grades K-12) On the Day of the Dead, November 2nd, Mexicans celebrate death as a part of life. Visit an ofrenda, or altar, to explore the elements of this festival through hands-on artifacts, and then make a craft to take home – select either calacas (skull masks) or cempasúchils (paper flowers) at registration. Available in Spanish.
(Grades K-2) Through close observations of museum specimens and live animals, students will investigate the diverse world of insects, spiders, and their relatives and discover the special features that allow them to live in varied habitats all over the world.
(Grades K-2) What are fossils and how do they form? What clues can they give us to life in the past? Students will become paleontologists as they answer these and other questions about fossils and prehistoric life from three different periods in Earth’s history.
(Grades K-2) Students will take a tour of habitats around the globe and search for the creatures that call these places home. Participants will explore a range of environments, from lush rainforests and frozen tundra to scorching deserts, and they will learn about the unique adaptations that allow plants and animals to survive in challenging conditions.
(Grades K-2) On an imaginary walk through the forest, students will discover a variety of animal groups and compare their differences and similarities. They will look at animals with and without backbones and then examine birds, reptiles, mammals, and amphibians to compare the life cycles and special characteristics that make each group unique.
(Grades K-2) Young anthropologists travel the world, comparing artifacts from Africa, Asia, South America, Europe, and Australia, as well as here in North America. Students explore how different environments shape the clothes, toys, and tools that peoples of the world use to meet their basic needs.