K-12 Educators

Animal ABCs

(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.

Dig into Fossils

(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.

Igloos to Adobe

(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.
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Day of the Dead

(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.

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Jaws and Claws

(Grades 3-5) By comparing and contrasting a variety of predators, students will discover the specialized adaptations that allow them to find and capture their prey. They will examine the eyes, ears, teeth, and beaks that enable animals to successfully hunt fish, insects, mice, and clams.

Inside Skeletons

(Grades 3-5) Starting with the human skeleton, students will investigate the functions of bones. By examining the skeletal structures of other animals, students will observe how these creatures’ bodies have become adapted for jumping, flying, and other lifestyles.

The Changing Earth

(Grades 3-5) Sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks provide clues about the geologic history of our region over the past 600 million years. Students will use rocks and fossils to discover how oceans, volcanoes, plate tectonics, weathering, erosion, and mountain building have all shaped New England’s landscape.

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. Available in Spanish. 
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King for a Day Virtual Field Trip

(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.

Mesopotamian Monuments Virtual Field Trip

(Grades 6-8) Mesopotamian Monuments is a live virtual field trip for middle school students to investigate monuments from Sumer, Babylonia and Assyria exhibited at Harvard University. Guided by a museum educator using 3D technology, students observe and analyze sculptures from a classroom or their homes to understand the characteristics of these ancient river civilizations.

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