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Virtual Field Trips

Science:

  • A Sense of Adaptation, Grades 1-2
  • Expedition Classify, Grades 3-4
  • Clues from the Past: Fossils Tell a Story, Grades 4-8
  • Galapagos Finches: Evolution in a Nutshell, Grades 9-12

Cultural:

  • MASKS: Secrets and Revelations, Grades 4-7
  • Dear Mr. Mandela, Dear Mrs. Parks: Children's Letters, Global Lessons (coming soon)

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Virtual Outreach Program Scheduling. Please contact us to set up a program time and date by calling 517-432-1472 or email

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A Sense of Adaptation

Grades: 1-2

Length: 40-60 minutes

Cost: $75.00

 

Please contact us to set up a program time and date by calling 517-432-1472 or email

 

How do stripes help a zebra survive? How does a bat use echoes? How does a chameleon hide from predators?

In this program, the students will learn what an adaptation is and how animals use them.  They will examine photographs and Museum specimens to study how various animals use their senses as adaptations as well as how animals rely on other animals’ senses for their survival. Then, the students will conduct an activity with crickets that will reinforce the concepts presented throughout the program. You will need to supply crickets for this program. 

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Expedition Classify: A Trek Through the Animal Kingdom

Grades: 3-4

Length: 40-60 minutes

Cost: $75.00

 

Please contact us to set up a program time and date by calling 517-432-1472 or email

 

What makes a mammal a mammal or a bird a bird? In this program, you and your students will take a trip through the animal kingdom and discover current classification schemes that zoologists use to group vertebrates. Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish are all represented using photos and real museum objects to illustrate what makes them different from each other. Students will record data to compare animal groups and use that data to identify some unusual animals. 

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Clues from the Past: Fossils Tell a Story

Grades: 4-8

Length: 40-60 minutes

Cost: $75.00

 

Please contact us to set up a program time and date by calling 517-432-1472 or email

What is a fossil and how do scientists use fossils to inform us about life and environments of the past? This program compares a fossil to a bone and discusses how a bone becomes a fossil. The selection of fossils used and the specific content is adapted to the interest and level of the class but may include archaeopteryx, trilobites, Michigan mastodons, mammoths, and dinosaur fossils.

 

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Galapagos Finches: Evolution in a Nutshell

Grades: 9-12

Length: 40-60 minutes

Cost: $85.00

 

Please contact us to set up a program time and date by calling 517-432-1472 or email

 

In this program, students will learn about evolution and natural selection by viewing images and Museum specimens. Students will conduct a hands-on activity that mimics the findings of research on the Darwin finches done in the Galapagos Islands. Using bulldog clips as beaks, students will act as birds competing with their classmates for limited food. Students will witness evolution in action and see how changes in the environment can lead to changes on the population beak size.

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MASKS: What's Behind Them?

Grades: 4-7

Length: 40-60 minutes

Cost: $75.00

 

Please contact us to set up a program time and date by calling 517-432-1472 or email

Masks can be used to disguise, amuse, impress, be used in ceremonies, represent nature, or protect.  This program will explain these uses, as well as identify materials used to construct masks and locations around the world where the masks originate.  Students will: 1) observe and interact with the presenter as over 40 images and 15 masks from the Museum's collections are shown; 2) learn how masks have been used throughout history, folklore, and in present customs; and 3) identify the purposes of specific masks and draw a mask to illustrate a character from a folklore story.

 

 

 

Other Cultural Virtual Outreach Programs coming soon! 

Dear Mr. Mandela, Dear Mrs. Parks: Children's Letters, Global Lessons