Educator Resources

EDUCATOR RESOURCES

Scroll through learning resources related to current and past exhibits

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All about Idaho

Eagle Rock Self-Guided Tour

Explore early Idaho Falls through our Eagle Rock exhibit! Click HERE to view.

Historic Walking Tour
Use these guides, developed by Jane Athay for her senior project at Idaho Falls High School, to learn a little bit more about the historic people and places of Idaho Falls! Click HERE for the Historic Homes and Buildings brochure Click HERE for the North and South Ridge Avenue brochure
History of Idaho Falls: Images

Add historical photos of Idaho Falls to your educational lessons. Open 

History of Idaho Falls Power

Explore how Idaho Falls waded through the struggles of powering an expanding city. Click HERE to view

Idaho Exhibit

Learn about the great topics we cover in our local exhibits. Click HERE to view

 

Idaho Highway Historical Marker Guide

Explore Idaho through its historical markers! Click HERE to view.

Darwin and Dinosaurs

Darwin and Dinosaurs Gallery Guides

Darwin and Dinosaurs' Student Gallery Guides are coming soon!

Darwin and Dinosaurs Educator Guide

Included in the Educator Guide:

  • Suggestions to Help Teachers Come Prepared for the Exhibition
  • Introduction to the Exhibition
  • Strategies for Teaching in the Exhibition
  • Correlations to Standards
  • Essential Questions for Student Inquiry

CLICK HERE to access the Educator Guide.

Hungry Birds Lesson Plan

This lesson is designed to help students explore the effects of natural selection on populations with trait
variation by use of a video game that they can experience in the Museum Exhibition.  (Grades 3-6.)

CLICK HERE to access the Hungry Birds lesson Plan.

CLICK HERE to access the activity sheet that goes with the lesson Plan.

Galapagos Fact Sheets!

CLICK HERE to access the different Fact Sheets on unique Galapagos animals, geology, and discoveries.

The Great Fossil Find!

A great resource for grade 7-10 science teachers. The focus is on a simulated dig to retrieve the fossil remains of a dinosaur. The hands-on activity is taught over a five-day period. Also provides good material to continue the discussion of the nature of science.

CLICK HERE to access this Lesson Plan.

Dinosaurs and Birds

This website contains a number of articles related to birds as modern dinosaurs.

CLICK HERE to access this lesson plan.

How Dinosaurs Shrank and Became Birds

An article from Scientific American that provides an overview of new research on the question of birds as modern dinosaurs.

CLICK HERE to access this article.

Past exhibits

Archimedes Screw Explained!

Help students understand the physics behind the Archimedes Screw and make one of their very own!

CLICK HERE to access this lesson plan.

Engineering with Geometry

Students can apply scientific and engineering ideas to design, evaluate and refine three
different shaped paper structures (triangle, circle and square) that minimize the force on a large
scale object in order to discover which shape is the strongest.

CLICK HERE to access this lesson plan.

Eureka! Archimedes and Water Displacement

Students can discover the volume of a solid using the same method that Archimedes devised over 2,000 years ago:  Eureka!

CLICK HERE to access this lesson plan.

Galileo and Lunar Gravity

CLICK HERE to access this lesson plan.

Triangles are Inclined Planes!

CLICK HERE to access this lesson plan.

Build a Bristle Bot (PBS Kids Go!)

Build a robot with this simple lesson. Design it into a dinosaur robot for extra Dinosaurs in Motion fun! Click HERE to view. 

Discover Steampunk Literature

Explore a few books that have inspired this imaginative exhibit!

 

 

 

 

Steampunk Educator Guide
The guide is composed of sixteen activities including two design challenges that embody the ideals of STEAM and are aligned with the Idaho Science Performance Standards. These lessons and activities bridge the learning from the Exhibition to the classroom. Eight of the activities cover a variety of 3rd through 5th grade performance expectations, and eight of the activities cover a variety of 6th through 8th grade performance expectations, so teachers can choose which activities are best aligned with their curriculum and which are best to fit their students’ needs and interests. Click HERE to view the guide.
Adding Color to Steampunk

Use your math skills to add color to these pages.

Camera Obscura Activity
Discover how cameras work by creating your own camera obscuras. Fun activities for all ages. Just click HERE.
Frankenstein200 overview
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's novel. Frankenstein is a modern myth: a 200-year-old story that explores themes of human creativity, societal responsibility, and scientific ethics. These themes continue to resonate today. As citizens with access to incredible tools for creation and transformation, we need to understand the fundamentals of science and technology and develop the skills to actively participate in civic and policy discussions. Frankenstein200 takes on the challenge of supporting learning related to responsible innovation. The project uses themes from Frankenstein to examine emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and genetic engineering, while promoting the development of 21st century skills related to creative collaboration and critical thinking. Frankenstein200 explores three important questions: What is life?, Why do we create?, and  What are our responsibilities as creators, scientists, and engineers? Learn more from the National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network here. View the entire digital kit here.
Frankenstein200: Automata
Make an automaton, a moving mechanical device that imitates the movement of a human, animal, or other living thing. Click HERE to view.
Frankenstein200: Battery Stack

Make a voltaic pile, the first kind of battery. Click HERE to view.

Frankenstein200: Dough Creature
Make a creature out of conductive dough and use it to create an electrical circuit. Click HERE to view.
Frankenstein200: Frankentoy
Make a “creature” by mixing and matching different parts of toys. Click HERE to view.
Dinosaurs in Motion ED Guide (Grades 3-5)

You can find pre-visit, post-visit, and during your visit activities in this guide for younger students. Activities are easily adaptable for many learning abilities and are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Click HERE to view. 

Dinosaurs in Motion ED Guide (Grades 6-8)

You can find pre-visit, post-visit, and during your visit activities in this guide for older students. Activities are easily adaptable for many learning abilities and are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Click HERE to view.

Construct-a-saurus

Use this online game to design a dino, learn about adaptations, and more! Click HERE to view. 

For a lesson plan to go along with this game, click HERE. 

Frankenstein200: Monster Mask
Make a mask with a special feature: an LED bulb that lights up. Click HERE to view.
Frankenstein200: Scribble Bot
Make a toy bot with a surprising ability: it scribbles on a sheet of paper. Click HERE to view.
Frankenstein200: Spark of Life
Create a battery from two kinds of metal and your own body! Click HERE to view.
Frankenstein's Math Laboratory

Help Dr. Frankenstein design and build a new laboratory. Click on the link below.

Frankenstein's Laboratory

Frankenstein's New Lung

Help Dr. Frankenstein create a healthy, new lung for his monster. Click below.

Frankenstein's New Lung

Inventors WebQuest
Use this lesson to learn more about steam era inventors. Click HERE to access the lesson.
Kidagami-Dinosaur Origami for Kids

Mix art and paleontology with these printable dinosaur origami sheets! Click HERE to view.

LEGO Education-Pneumatic Dinosaur

Design a moving dinosaur with this lesson from LEGO education. Click HERE to view.

Ocean Diving

Learn about the ocean layers and build a model with this activity. Click on the link below.

Ocean Diving

Olde-Fashioned Christmas

These resources are a great way to engage your kids during the holiday season.

Click on resources below to view individually

Space

Discover over 20 different resources for kids of all ages. Open

Steampunk Authors WebQuest

Use this lesson to learn about Steampunk authors. Click on the items below.

Steampunk Table Top

Use your math skills design a Steampunk themed table top. Click on the link below.

Steampunk Table Top

Steampunk Time

Tell time the steampunk way. Click on the link below.

Steampunk Time Sheets

Under the Sea Activity: Build a Model Submarine
STEM activity that explores engineering and physics. Lesson by eGFI
Under the Sea: Secondary Activities
Sink into these Secondary activities that explore the deep blue. Resources by oceans.digitalexplorer.com Click on the items below to view.  

Discovery Trunks

Pre-packed lessons for your classroom

  • Space Kit 2017: Explore SPACE with hands-on materials and lessons from the 2017 NISE network's Explore Earth and Space Toolkit.
  • Space Kit 2018: Explore SPACE with hands-on materials and lessons from the 2018 NISE network's Explore Earth and Space Toolkit.
  • Adaptations: Explore the ways that animals and plants adapt to Idaho's environment through hands-on games and lessons.
  • GPS & Compass: Explore GPS and Compass technology through hands-on lessons with our set of 10, easy to use Garmin etrex devices and our set of 10, Coghlan's Deluxe Map Compasses.
  • Conservation: Explore the importance of animal, plant, and environmental conservation through hands-on materials.
  • Idaho Falls History: Explore Idaho Falls History through historic photographs, science experiments, and more!
  • Code Invent! Computer Science in Your Classroom: This kit includes unplugged activities as well as 12 Makey Makeys and 12 Raspberry Pi kits along with a multitude of lesson plans and modules to get your classroom inventing! This trunk provided by generous grants from Cross Charitable Trust and the Idaho STEM Action Center.
  • DIY: The Museum of Idaho has a large collection of skulls, shells, and fossils for educational use. Design your own discovery trunk with these materials!