We invite you to take advantage of programs aimed at expanding your knowledge and enhancing your teaching skills. Use our resources to supplement your classroom curriculum, enhance a field trip experience, or bring Indiana to life for your students. Learn about these opportunities below or in our downloadable PreK-12 Education Program Guide.
From Civil War to Indiana quilts, we have a Learning Resource Trunk perfect for your class! Give your students hands-on activities to help them discover Indiana art, science and culture. Interactive trunks are packed with books, artifacts, posters and activities. Each trunk includes a teacher’s manual and fulfills select Indiana Academic Standards. Learn more >>
Four dates only: Feb. 4, March 3, April 6 & May 5; 4-6 p.m.
Are you planning a field trip anytime between February and May? We invite you to preview FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside our Opioid Crisis before your field trip. This exhibit is geared for students in grades 5-12 and adults. There will be an educator guide and additional resources available to best assist teachers, students and chaperones before, during and after the field trip. Museum staff and partners will be available to ask questions during the preview.
Space is limited and reservations are required and can be made by calling Visitor Services at 317.232.1637.
Learn more about FIX Educator Resources>>
Jan. 18 – May 10, 2020
This exhibit showcases Pulitzer Prize winning humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg™’s iconic contraptions and celebrates his imaginative techniques, humorous storytelling and inventive skills. Like Rube Goldberg, you can activate and create crazy chain-reaction contraptions that use everyday objects to complete simple tasks in the most overcomplicated, inefficient and hilarious ways possible! Learn more >>
Download our Rube Goldberg™ Educator Guide >>
March 30, 2020; Indiana State Museum
May 30, 2020; Allen County Public Library
June 13, 2020; Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site
Grades K – 5: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grades 6 – 12: 2 - 5 p.m.
Interested in incorporating curriculum for your classroom that highlight’s Indiana’s suffrage history? Attend one of these half-day workshops to get insight into the work of impactful Hoosiers who worked hard to help gain the women’s right to vote. At this free workshop, Indiana educators will receive curriculum, books, websites and other resources that will offer a variety of ways students can explore this important milestone. These materials will also assist teachers in helping to make connections with the continued fight for voting rights today. Light refreshments will be offered and educators can earn professional growth points for attending. These events are free for Indiana educators. To register, please call 317.232.1637.
There are so many wondrous things about Indiana that a single field trip can’t cover it all. Extend the fun and learning beyond your visit to Indiana State Museum. Utilize these pre- and post-visit activities to prepare your students for their field trip and connect to classroom learning. 2019-2020 guides will be available Sept. 3.
Do you want to provide more guidance and support for your chaperones? These guides are a great tool! It includes a map of the museum and questions to ask students to encourage curiosity and critical thinking. Guides are separated by grade-level to focus on academic standards. 2019-2020 guides will be available Sept. 3.
October 12, 2019 OR March 14, 2020; 1-3 p.m.
The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites holds one of the world’s most comprehensive collection of Lincoln artifacts, the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. Learn about the history of the collection and the objects within on a behind-the-scenes tour from our chief curator then stroll through our galleries for key points of interest with an ISM educator. Open to all Indiana educators. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Krystle Mangan at 317.509.7679 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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