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Classroom Resources

Classroom ResourcesNeed some fun and creative ideas for your classroom? Check out our standards-based units of study covering all sorts of topics and written by trained educators. Use them on their own or to complement a museum visit. Units include vocabulary, stories, fact sheets, games, experience ideas, printables, and more. And the best part? They’re free! Units cover a variety of topics relating to past and present museum exhibits, including:

  • Trains and transportation
  • Dinosaurs
  • Food and fitness
  • Science
  • Flight
  • Art
  • Archaeology
  • Biotechnology
  • Racism and discrimination

Grades K-2

For Grades K-2 and 6-8LEGO® Travel Adventure: What Will You Build?

Grades K-2 & 6-8
NOTE: This is part of a traveling exhibit that is no longer at The Children's Museum.
It’s time for an adventure! Students will plan a voyage that encourages them to think geographically and apply physical science in building and testing LEGO® transportation models. They’ll work together to determine how to get over land, over water, and through the air. After designing and building, they’ll test, revise, and share results.
  • Lesson 1: Adventures on Land
  • Lesson 2: Adventures on Water
  • Lesson 3: Adventures in the Air
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For Grades K-2Bob the Builder™- Project: Build It

Grades K-2
NOTE: This is part of a traveling exhibit that is no longer at The Children's Museum.
Preschool students work and play together using Bob the Builder and his crew as role models. They’ll learn the power of teamwork and cooperation. Students will also learn the three Rs—reduce, reuse, recycle—and what it means to be a responsible citizen. They’ll explore the outdoors on a nature walk, collecting items for a collage.
  • Lesson 1: Teamwork
  • Lesson 2: Responsible Citizens and the 3 Rs
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For Grades K-2Book Power: Exploring the World of Museums with the Write Tools

Grades K-2
Equip your students with the skills they need to explore—reading, reflecting, writing and illustrating. They’ll keep track of their adventures in an Exploration Journal. They’ll learn about the difference between non-fiction and fiction, how to use signs to get around, how books open exciting new doors, and so much more!
  • Lesson 1: Tools for Reading and Researching
  • Lesson 2: Tools for Reflecting on Experiences and Information
  • Lesson 3: Tools for Writing and Illustrating a Story
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For Grades K-2Dinosphere

Grades K-2
Welcome your students to the wild and wonderful world of dinosaurs! They’ll learn how they were classified, compare shapes and sizes, and explore how paleontologists make discoveries. They’ll analyze how dinosaurs interacted back in the day, and make their own dinosaur drawings and a fossil cast.
  • Lesson 1: Dinosaurs Were Different Types and Sizes
  • Lesson 2: Some Dinosaurs Lived Together
  • Lesson 3: Fossil Clues Help Us Learn About Dinosaurs
  • Lesson 4: What Happened to the Dinosaurs?
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For Preschool and KindergartenDora & Diego: Let’s Explore!

Preschool & Kindergarten
NOTE: This is part of a traveling exhibit that is no longer at The Children's Museum.
Help little ones grasp how to care for one another by helping, sharing, and being kind. They’ll also learn about setting goals, overcoming obstacles, and solving problems—all while having fun! Introduce students to Spanish words, rainforest animals, and the importance of daily physical activity like running, dancing, jumping, and climbing!
  • Lesson 1: Let’s Explore with Dora and Diego
  • Lesson 2: Rainforest Adventures
  • Lesson 3: Rainforest Rescue
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For Grades K-2Health House: Food, Fitness and Fun: 24/7

Grades K-2
Engage your students in what it means to live a healthy life! They’ll learn how to read food labels and understand basic nutrition. They’ll take part in fun active play and learn about exercise benefits. And don’t forget healthy habits! We’ll highlight how important hand-washing, teeth brushing and a good nights’ sleep are to good health.
  • Lesson 1: Daily Fuel Up!
  • Lesson 2: Active Play Every Day!
  • Lesson 3: Healthy Habits Around the Clock
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For Grades K-2ScienceWorks

Grades K-2
Nurture the little scientists in your classroom! Students will learn to explore, predict, and investigate just like a real scientist. They’ll start a Science Journal and learn to record their observations. They’ll get to know what the scientific method is all about and put it to use in fun indoor and outdoor adventures!
  • Lesson 1: Explore Like a Scientist
  • Lesson 2: Investigate Like a Scientist—ScienceWorks: Indiana Pond
  • Lesson 3: Investigate Like a Scientist—ScienceWorks: Docks Shop and Creek Area
  • Lesson 4: Investigate Like a Scientist—ScienceWorks: Construction Zone
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For Grades K-3One with the Earth: Native Americans and the Natural World

Grades K-3
Explore the rich cultures of Native Americans through literature, storytelling, and fun, hands-on activities. Students will gain an understanding of how and where Native Americans lived in the past and today, as well as their relationship with the natural world. Students will create their own vibrant stories and share with one another. 
  • Lesson 1: People of the Woodlands
  • Lesson 2: People of the Plains and the Southwest
  • Lesson 3: People of the Northwest Coast and the Arctic
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For Grades K-4All Aboard! Trains in History, Folklore, and the Future

Grades K-4
Inspire your students through how trains transformed our communities and way of life. Introduce fun stories, songs, and legends based on trains. Explore the story of the Reuben Wells, a historic engine found right here at The Children’s Museum! Students will keep a Train of Thought journal for their findings, and create a fun train project at the end!
  • Lesson 1: Trainspiration!
  • Lesson 2: Trains and Your Town
  • Lesson 3: Engines of Change
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For Grades K-6LEGO® Castle Adventure

Grades K-6
NOTE: This is part of a traveling exhibit that is no longer at The Children's Museum.
Students become storytellers as they learn about action, suspense, and figurative language. They’ll also learn about what castle life was really like for medieval nobles and peasants. Then they’ll put their math and design skills to work planning and creating their very own LEGO® castles as teams.
  • Lesson 1: Castle Tales: Slaying Dragons and Celebrating Good Deeds
  • Lesson 2: Not Quite a Fairy Tale: The Castle Community
  • Lesson 3: Thick Walls and High Towers: The Art and Science of Building Castles
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A Guide to Learning in PlayscapeA Guide to Learning in Playscape

Current research studies show that during the first years of life (newborn to age 5) new connections are being formed in a child’s brain. This takes place primarily during rich sensory experiences that are significant in forming the foundation for future learning. This guide will help assist parents and teachers as they interact with young learners in the four major areas of the gallery:

  • Babyscape
  • The Natural World
  • The Invented World
  • The World of Art and Music
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Grades 3-5

For Grades 3-5Dinosphere—Now You’re In Their World

Grades 3-5
Bring the strange and fantastic world of dinosaurs to life for your students! Includes printable activities, hands-on fossil crafts, the science of measuring dinos, vocabulosaurus and so much more. Take an unforgettable trip to the Cretaceous Period without leaving the classroom!  
  • Lesson 1: Dinosaurs—Fascinating Animals from the Past
  • Lesson 2: Many Types from Different Times and Places    
  • Lesson 3: Some Dinosaurs Lived Together
  • Lesson 4: Dinosaurs Are Not Alive Today—Or Are They?
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For Grades 3-5EconKids

Grades 3-5
What do museums and economics have in common? Students dive into the resources, economic impacts, opportunities, and more that museums provide. They’ll construct budgets, explore museum jobs, and learn about volunteerism along with new friends Penny Saver, Bud Budget, and Calvin Cash!
  • Lesson 1: Imagine a Museum
  • Lesson 2: Museumworks
  • Lesson 3: Common Sense
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For Grades 3-5Fireworks of Glass: The Art of Dale Chihuly

Grades 3-5
Uncover ordinary materials being transformed into extraordinary works of art. Explore the ancient process of glassblowing and the science behind the art. Students will create their own sculptures, plan installations, and study renowned artist Dale Chihuly.
  • Lesson 1: Dale Chihuly: Artist
  • Lesson 2: Intense Fragility
  • Lesson 3: Tower Power
  • Lesson 4: Culminating Experience—Install It Yourself!
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For Grades 3-5Curious Scientific Investigators: Flight Adventures

Grades 3-5
Let’s build flying machines! Students will make paper rockets, parachutes, and foam gliders to experience how objects move through the air. Tackle topics like thrust, weight, gravity, force, and lift through fun activities and stories. Explore cutting-edge work done by NASA and aviators of today and long ago.
  • Lesson 1: Moving Through the Air: Weight and Lift
  • Lesson 2: Moving Through the Air: Thrust and Drag
  • Lesson 3: Moving Through the Air: Control
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For Grades 3-5Paleo Artists: Bringing Dinosaurs to Life!

Grades 3-5
Explore how science and art combine powerfully to bring dinosaurs to life for us—millions of years later! Students will dive into how paleo artists use skills and creativity along with scientific information to create stunning art. After analyzing professional paleo works, students will create their own!
  • Lesson 1: Paleo Art—Moments in Time
  • Lesson 2: Paleo Art Collectors and Artists—Opening Windows on the World of Dinosaurs
  • Lesson 3: Culminating Experience—Dinosaur Discovery
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For Grades 3-5Children in the Civil Rights Movement: Facing Racism, Finding Courage

Grades 3-5
Meet ordinary children of the past who inspire us even today! Step back in time to a United States full of racism and segregation. Students will explore the Civil Rights Movement and leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They’ll see how young people impacted history, and then make plans to better their  world.
  • Lesson 1: We Shall Overcome
  • Lesson 2: Everyday Courage
  • Lesson 3: The Tree of Promise: Making a Difference
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For Grades 3-8Making a Difference Through Service Learning: The Power of Children

Grades 3-8
Empower your students to impact the world! They’ll take a time, talent, and treasure inventory and start thinking about how they can serve the community. Explore as a class what it means to be a responsible, active citizen. Students will finally team up to plan, execute, and assess their own service-learning project.
  • Experience 1: Speaking Up
  • Experience 2: Planning to Make a Difference
  • Experience 3: Taking Action
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For Grades 3-8Treasures of the Earth: Discover Clues to the Past

Grades 3-8
Students will become detectives of the past as they dive into all things archaeology. What do archaeologists do? What tools do they use? How do they excavate a site? From an ancient Egyptian tomb to an underwater shipwreck site, students will investigate real-world examples of archaeology.
  • Lesson 1: Egyptian Treasures
  • Lesson 2: Chinese Treasures
  • Lesson 3: Treasures Under the Sea
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For Grades 4-8SciencePort®: Biotech—Cool Green Tool

Grades 4-8
This powerful combination of classroom learning and museum experiences introduces students to the fascinating world of biotechnology. They’ll roll up their sleeves with cool experiments like growing Brassica rapa, a video project, online fun and more, to see how plants can better the world around us.
  • Lesson 1: Prepare for the Investigation
  • Lesson 2: Control and Experimental Group (in the Classroom)
  • Lesson 3: Control and Experimental Group (at the Museum)
  • Lesson 4: Control and Experimental Tasks, Reports, and Sharing
  • Download for Group A, Group B, and Group C
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For Grades K-3One with the Earth: Native Americans and the Natural World

Grades K-3
Explore the rich cultures of Native Americans through literature, storytelling, and fun, hands-on activities. Students will gain an understanding of how and where Native Americans lived in the past and today, as well as their relationship with the natural world. Students will create their own vibrant stories and share with one another. 
  • Lesson 1: People of the Woodlands
  • Lesson 2: People of the Plains and the Southwest
  • Lesson 3: People of the Northwest Coast and the Arctic
Download

For Grades K-4All Aboard! Trains in History, Folklore, and the Future

Grades K-4
Inspire your students through how trains transformed our communities and way of life. Introduce fun stories, songs, and legends based on trains. Explore the story of the Reuben Wells, a historic engine found right here at The Children’s Museum! Students will keep a Train of Thought journal for their findings, and create a fun train project at the end!
  • Lesson 1: Trainspiration!
  • Lesson 2: Trains and Your Town
  • Lesson 3: Engines of Change
Download

For Grades K-6LEGO®Castle Adventure

Grades K-6
NOTE: This is part of a traveling exhibit that is no longer at The Children's Museum.
Students become storytellers as they learn about action, suspense, and figurative language. They’ll also learn about what castle life was really like for medieval nobles and peasants. Then they’ll put their math and design skills to work planning and creating their very own LEGO® castles as teams.
  • Lesson 1: Castle Tales: Slaying Dragons and Celebrating Good Deeds
  • Lesson 2: Not Quite a Fairy Tale: The Castle Community
  • Lesson 3: Thick Walls and High Towers: The Art and Science of Building Castles
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For Grades 3-8China's Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor's Painted Army

Grades 3-5 and 6-8
Teach your students that through the use of archaeology, science, history, and art, we can begin to understand the Terra Cotta Warriors and to imagine what they and the entire tomb complex of the First Emperor would have looked like when they were new.

Download

Grades 6-9

For Grades 3-8Making a Difference Through Service Learning: The Power of Children

Grades 3-8
Empower your students to impact the world! They’ll take a time, talent, and treasure inventory and start thinking about how they can serve the community. Explore as a class what it means to be a responsible, active citizen. Students will finally team up to plan, execute, and assess their own service-learning project.
  • Experience 1: Speaking Up
  • Experience 2: Planning to Make a Difference
  • Experience 3: Taking Action
Download

For Grades 3-8Treasures of the Earth: Discover Clues to the Past

Grades 3-8
Students will become detectives of the past as they dive into all things archaeology. What do archaeologists do? What tools do they use? How do they excavate a site? From an ancient Egyptian tomb to an underwater shipwreck site, students will investigate real-world examples of archaeology.
  • Lesson 1: Egyptian Treasures
  • Lesson 2: Chinese Treasures
  • Lesson 3: Treasures Under the Sea
Download

For Grades 4-8SciencePort®: Biotech—Cool Green Tool!

Grades 4-8
This powerful combination of classroom learning and museum experiences introduces students to the fascinating world of biotechnology. They’ll roll up their sleeves with cool experiments like growing Brassica rapa, a video project, online fun and more, to see how plants can better the world around us.
  • Lesson 1: Prepare for the Investigation
  • Lesson 2: Control and Experimental Group (in the Classroom)
  • Lesson 3: Control and Experimental Group (at the Museum)
  • Lesson 4: Control and Experimental Tasks, Reports, and Sharing
  • Download the Main Guide
  • Download for Group A, Group B, and Group C

For Grades 6-8Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Agricultural Biotechnology

Grades 6-8
Students will trace the fascinating timeline of biotechnology, seeing firsthand how humans have been experimenting with food for centuries. They’ll examine cells and create DNA models. Introduce the exciting scientific advances—and the controversies—stemming from today’s agricultural biotechnology.
  • Lesson 1: The History of Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Lesson 2: Cells
  • Lesson 3: DNA—The Code of Life
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For Grades 6-8Dinosphere

Grades 6-8
Plunge your class into life in the Cretaceous Period! Surround students with the riveting world of the dinosaurs as they create fossil casts, analyze how dinosaurs interacted, and explore the lives of real-life paleontologists. They’ll also discover plant and animal classification and how to use scientific methods to make discoveries.
  • Lesson 1: Dinosaurs 101—Fascinating Animals from the Past
  • Lesson 2: Dinosaurs—Rulers of the Cretaceous
  • Lesson 3: Scientific Methodosaurus
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For Grades 6-8Ryan White: Facing Discrimination, Finding Determination

Grades 6-8
Students will get introduced to Ryan White, an Indiana boy who contracted HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, making him a target for discrimination. They’ll be inspired by his determination to educate those around him and change the world. Then they’ll create and follow an action plan for sparking positive change in their own community.
  • Lesson 1: Ryan White: Like Every Other Kid
  • Lesson 2: Ryan White: The Power of His Voice
  • Lesson 3: The Tree of Promise: Making a Difference
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For Grades K-2 and 6-8Lego Travel Adventure: What Will You Build?

Grades K-2 & 6-8
NOTE: This is part of a traveling exhibit that is no longer at The Children's Museum.
It’s time for an adventure! Students will plan a voyage that encourages them to think geographically and apply physical science in building and testing Lego transportation models. They’ll work together to determine how to get over land, over water, and through the air. After designing and building, they’ll test, revise, and share results.
  • Lesson 1: Adventures on Land
  • Lesson 2: Adventures on Water
  • Lesson 3: Adventures in the Air
Download

For Grades 6-9Anne Frank: Facing Hatred, Daring to Dream

Grades 6-9
The inspiring words of a young girl in Nazi Germany continue to impact us today. Students will learn about Anne Frank’s intense struggles, but also the hope she shared through her diary. Then they’ll consider how they can impact their own communities—creating an action plan and following through with a service project.
  • Lesson 1: In the Path of History
  • Lesson 2: Anne Frank: The Power of Words
  • Lesson 3: The Tree of Promise: Making a Difference
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For Grades K-6LEGO® Castle Adventure

Grades K-6
NOTE: This is part of a traveling exhibit that is no longer at The Children's Museum.
Students become storytellers as they learn about action, suspense, and figurative language. They’ll also learn about what castle life was really like for medieval nobles and peasants. Then they’ll put their math and design skills to work planning and creating their very own LEGO® castles as teams.
  • Lesson 1: Castle Tales: Slaying Dragons and Celebrating Good Deeds
  • Lesson 2: Not Quite a Fairy Tale: The Castle Community
  • Lesson 3: Thick Walls and High Towers: The Art and Science of Building Castles
Download

For Grades 3-8China's Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor's Painted Army

Grades 3-5 and 6-8
Teach your students that through the use of archaeology, science, history, and art, we can begin to understand the Terra Cotta Warriors and to imagine what they and the entire tomb complex of the First Emperor would have looked like when they were new.

Download