Whether you visit the Museum or bring the Museum to your classroom, the Museum of the Rockies’ Education Department has countless ways to enhance your curriculum, inspire your students, and bring science and history to life. School group visits to museums are proven to promote long-term science literacy, positively affect museum visitation later in life, and develop curiosity and interest, leading to a desire for students to learn more. This spark is reflected in Nobel Prize winners in the sciences, where 75% of winners report that their passion for science was first sparked in a non-school environment. Museum of the Rockies school programs, including school visits and outreach materials, pair contents standards with the hands-on, authentic, and engaging environment of the museum.
Funded by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnerships and the Museum of the Rockies, this curriculum promotes educational learning through the sciences of paleontology, geology, and astronomy.
These lessons were designed thoughtfully to be effective in both Japanese and American classrooms and museums. All partners contributed to writing and developing these lessons and activities. The format of each lesson plan blends the very different ways our two cultures structure curriculum. While some portions of this curriculum are adapted for our different cultures (like curriculum standards), our goal is that educators in both our cultures will be able to teach these lessons the same way, further uniting our communities.
Lessons cover star stories, star charts, constellations and classifying stars, volcanoes, natural disasters, sedimentology, practices of paleontology, fossils, and evolution.
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This new guide from Museum of the Rockies contains a variety of worksheet-based activities that will invite your students to discover the world of dinosaurs - how they grew, ate, lived, and died. Funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, this Educator's Guide provides an ideal introduction to MOR's landmark collection of fossils in a flexible format to meet the needs of Montana teachers. Activities are grouped by themes and designed to be used in a variety of settings, including both classrooms and the Museum. Teachers are invited to use this guide to plan standards-based, pre- and post-visit lessons and borrow hands-on materials from MOR.
Use just one activity or several! Download the entire guide by clicking on the picture below.