(Grades 6-8) Students tour exhibits and work in an activity lab with stone tools, animal bones, mortars and other early technologies to compare hunting and gathering societies to farming peoples. The class is 70 minutes long.
(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 3-5) Delve deeper into one geographic region and explore ways that Inuit, Yupik, and other arctic peoples in the U.S. and Canada responded to the challenging environment to engineer appropriate food, clothing, and shelter.
(Grades 5-8) This live Skype program encourages interactive discussion highlighting the symbols associated with royal power in Maya and Aztec civilizations. Students virtually tour the Mesoamerican gallery and learn to read the man-made landscape to understand the impact of ancient monarchies.
(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. Available in Spanish.
(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.
(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 2-5) Explore cultural diversity and history among Native peoples in the Northeast, Northwest, Southwest, and Arctic. Through guided discovery, students investigate food, clothing, and homes to understand how environment influences people and their culture. Available in Spanish.
(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.