Michigan State University masthead

Educator Resources

Learn more about using the MSU Museum in your teaching

Museums and Inquiry-Based Instruction

5 Models of Museum Use

Exhibit Overview for Teachers - What will your students see at the MSU Museum?

Teaching Materials

We are pleased to offer teaching materials designed to complement resources at the MSU Museum. Whether or not you can visit the Museum with your students, these materials provide ways to experience the resources in your classroom. Click on your selection below to access materials.

Many additional resources, including information about MSU Museum collections and primary resources that may be used in the classroom, are available on our More Resources page. Take a look!

Elementary School

Museum Challenge (Grades K-1): Designed to be used during your MSU Museum visit

Museum Explorers Activity (Grades 2-6): Designed to be used during your MSU Museum visit

Explore! Our Michigan Landscape at the MSU Museum (Grades 2-6, with chaperone guidance): A Michigan-themed tour of the Museum

An Extraordinary Document of Our World: Lesson plans about people around the world and their work

Fancy Dance Regalia: A detailed look at the apparel worn by many American Indian dancers. Webpage includes links to lesson plans, additional information, and more

Social Studies at the MSU Museum: A list of MSU Museum exhibits and resources recommended for social studies

Alan Lomax's 1938 Michigan and Wisconsin recordings: Available under "Teacher Resources." The lesson plans were produced by Dr. Laurie Sommers (Adjunct Curator, MSU Museum) and Patricia Shehan Campbell with funding from the Association for Cultural Equity.

Middle School & High School

Explore! Our Michigan Landscape at the MSU Museum: A Michigan-themed tour of the Museum

An Extraordinary Document of Our World: Lesson plans about people around the world and their work

Fancy Dance Regalia: A detailed look at the apparel worn by many American Indian dancers. Webpage includes links to lesson plans, additional information, and more

Practicing Exposition Techniques with the Ruby Bridges Quilt and the Quilt Index: A First-Year Writing lesson by MSU professor Dr. Cheryl Caesar

Social Studies at the MSU Museum: A list of MSU Museum exhibits and resources recommended for social studies

Alan Lomax's 1938 Michigan and Wisconsin recordings: Available under "Teacher Resources." The lesson plans were produced by Dr. Laurie Sommers (Adjunct Curator, MSU Museum) and Patricia Shehan Campbell with funding from the Association for Cultural Equity.

Adult Learners

Museum Object Activity: Guiding questions for exploring museum objects

Practicing Exposition Techniques with the Ruby Bridges Quilt and the Quilt Index: A First-Year Writing lesson by MSU professor Dr. Cheryl Caesar

Using Natural History to Engage with Theatre History at the MSU Museum: A museum-based activity for "Studies in Theatre History" (THR 431) by Dr. Daniel Smith, MSU Department of Theatre

World History and Geography-Related Exhibits: Descriptions of long-term MSU Museum exhibits related to these content areas