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CILC's Community of Learning Continues!

 

Join other learners from around the world for live, interactive programs for 2021.  See the programming schedule below.

  • Programs are held Monday – Friday at 1:00 PM EST.
  • Register for your preferred session(s), connect through CISCO WebEx and get ready to enjoy quality programming from within your classroom or the comfort of your own home!
  • Programs are FREE with registration.

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"We have thoroughly enjoyed every session! We’ve attended multiple times every week for the past month and we could not be more grateful to you for making such a diverse offering available." — Teacher —

 

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Upcoming Community of Learning Programs

Traditons Shaped By Land & Sky

by Explore Natural History! UNSM

The First Peoples of the Great Plains lived upon a challenging terrain with temperamental seasons. We will explore the many solutions created by these residents as we investigate our First Peopls's gallery through the perspectives of anthropology and archaeology

For K-6


Monday, March 8, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 min.

Holi: A Carnival of Colors

by Penn Museum

The Hindu festival of Holi is a holiday that celebrates the coming of the Spring season. While each region celebrates a bit differently, a major part of the festival is when people cover one another in colorful powders and paints. Investigate the plants used to make these vibrant powders and better understand this signature part of Holi events.

For School Age


Tuesday, March 9, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 mins

A Plant's Life

by Longwood Gardens

Explore the life cycle of a plant from seed to flower. Tour behind-the-scenes at Longwood and discover how our horticulturalists prepare our spectacular displays.

For 1 to 4


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Portrait Detectives

by National Portrait Gallery

Become a Portrait Detective! Young students will search for and analyze clues in portraits to learn about some of the most historically significant Americans. Through discussions, sketching, and writing activities, participants will look closely at a wide range of portraits while comparing and contrasting works across the collection.

For K-3


Thursday, March 11, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45

Latin Social Dances: Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Mambo, Salsa

by The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts

This active, adventurous class will introduce students to the basic steps of a wide variety of social dances originating in Latin America and the Caribbean. Possible dances include Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Mambo, Rumba, and Compas/Zouk. Trace the roots of these dances back to their origin and discover where and how they are danced today. For students studying the Spanish language, our bilingual Teaching Artists will be happy to teach in Spanish to provide an immersive linguistic and cultural experience.

For All ages


Friday, March 12, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Virtual Classroom: Fish

by Texas State Aquarium

Let’s talk fishes LIVE from the Texas State Aquarium as your students observe, compare and contrast the diversity of fishes in Aquarium habitats. Together, we’ll differentiate between fish body shapes, infer how shapes help them survive and thrive in their habitats, and create a special fish drawing.

For k-3


Monday, March 15, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Mughal Miniature Painting

by Penn Museum

Mughal Miniature Painting is a style of painting developed in India and often found in book illustrations. Find out more about how this artform developed in the 16th through 18th centuries and was influenced by Persian miniatures, small illustrations of particular stories. Tell your own tale by making your own story with miniature illustrations!

For School Aged


Tuesday, March 16, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45mins

Shamrocks Action Science

by Author Valerie Marsh

A little bit of art, math, literature and a whole lot of science! First, children enjoy a fun folktale about shamrocks! Next up is the science! Using their own shamrock, students explore the math and physics concepts of line of symmetry, push/pull...

For K-2


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Alaska Animals

by BLM Campbell Creek Science Center

What animals are found in Alaska? Where do they live? How do they survive? Students use reasoning and problem solving to discover why animals have different adaptations.

For K-3


Thursday, March 18, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Hissing Cockroach Encounter

by Michigan Science Center

Get up close and personal with MiSci's crawly, but definitely not creepy, hissing cockroach colony! We'll discuss animal adaptations, classification, and food webs in this virtual animal encounter.

For K-5


Friday, March 19, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Glitter Explosion

by Children's Museum Atlanta

Put on your lab coats and break out the goggles because chemistry just got a makeover! Glitter explosions are super cool and safe experiments that get students excited about chemical reactions.

For K-3


Monday, March 22, 2021

1:00 pm ET

Think Like an Anthropologist!

by Penn Museum

Artifacts share clues that help us learn about world cultures. Step into the role of an anthropologist to unpack interesting information that artifacts can tell us, just by using your eyes. Learn the skills to de-code secrets about artifacts by closely observing, questioning, and talking about them. Bring along a pencil and a paper to track your field notes as we look closely at objects from South Asian countries.

For School Aged


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45mins

My Journey Beanth the Waves

by Australian Environmental Education

My Journey Beneath the Waves: Diving in Australia takes you on an exploration of the marine environment. The southern waters around Australia are home to a variety of habitats including kelp beds and sponge gardens. These are wonderful place to dive and discover the diversity of animals that live there. I will share some of my favourite diving stories with you and highlight some of .the amazing animals.

For School Aged


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45

Social Commentary | Social Action

by Smithsonian American Art Museum

Artists living in America have often visualized and engaged with social issues through their artistic practice. Students will examine 18th-21st century art to discover the range of approaches artists have used to make their voices heard.

For 5th grade and up


Thursday, March 25, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Poop & Paws: Animal Trails

by Explore Natural History: UNSM

Program description coming - this is a new exhibit going up in January.

For K-6


Friday, March 26, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45

Growing up BIG! Baby dinosaurs and eggs! (working title)

by Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

Program description coming

For K-12


Monday, March 29, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 mins

Pomo Baskets Patterns

by Penn Museum

The Pomo people of Northern California are well-known for creating intricate basketry that is admired around the world. Talented artists create patterns by weaving together plant materials to make patterns with shapes and colors. Look closely at Pomo baskets to learn more about the making and meaning then use shapes to create your own pattern that represent something special to you.

For School Aged


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45mins

Chocolate; from Treasure to Treat

by Royal Botanical Gardens

From cacao to chocolate - rainforest treasure to luscious treat. Chocolate has been many things to many people over the years. Learn about the life cycle of the Cacao tree, then journey through history to get the complete story behind the tasty treat that we call chocolate. From the time of the Mayans and Aztecs, to pre-industrial Europe and finally to the present, explore how humans have used and processed these bitter tasting seeds. Finally discover the role and impact of chocolate on the rainforest ecosystems where it grows. During the videoconference, test your knowledge of chocolate while learning about this amazing plant and its history.

For Gr 4 - 8


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45- 60 minutes

America's Presidents

by National Portrait Gallery

How has presidential portraiture changed since the days of George Washington? The National Portrait Gallery is proud to hold the only complete collection of presidential portraits outside of the White House. This program introduces students to the “America’s Presidents” exhibition and investigates the diverse ways in which presidents have been portrayed in portraiture over the past two centuries.

For 4-6


Thursday, April 1, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

I Spy: Virginia’s Secret Agents

by HistoryConnects from VMHC

Join a VMHC educator to explore the history of espionage in the Commonwealth and train to become one of Virginia's top secret agents. After hearing about some Revolutionary War and Civil War spies, you will learn how to break codes and makes invisible ink.

For 3 - 6


Monday, April 5, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 Minutes

Let’s Play Indigenous Games!

by Penn Museum

People across the global and throughout time have participated and continue to play sports and games. Using collection artifacts, participants will learn about Indigenous games from North, Central, and South America to understand more about the rules, significance, and modern connection to games still played today.

For School Aged


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45mins

Museum Career Exploration

by Royal BC Museum

Big museums require a big staff, from carpenters and conservators to writers, scientists and historians. Explore twenty-first century job skills and different career paths with staff at the Royal BC Museum. Time for Q&A included.

For grades 6-9


Wednesday, April 7, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Tour of a One-Room Schoolhouse

by The Durham Museum

Step back to the 1890’s and see how different it was to attend a one-room school! Explore daily life from this time period through artifacts, stories and reciting real lessons students did in their classroom. Who will be the spelling bee champion or have the best penmanship? Find out in our virtual one-room schoolhouse!

For K-5th


Thursday, April 8, 2021

1:00 pm ET

30-45

Cephalopods: Squid Dissection!

by Alaska SeaLife Center

Learn about the amazing cephalopods through a squid dissection and observation of our resident giant Pacific octopus.

For 4th-9th


Friday, April 9, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Meet The Medieval Peasant

by Sheffield Museum of Rural Life

Visit with an in-character peasant in his home in medieval England, and teach your students about how 90% of the medieval population lived. The peasant is prepared to discuss all facets of medieval life, such as the manor system, agriculture, religion, daily life, gender roles, crime & punishment, warfare, health, family life, social hierarchy, and entertainment.

For School Aged


Monday, April 12, 2021

1:00 pm ET

Grieta Escalonada Symbols

by Penn Museum

The grieta escalonada, or stepped fret, is a symbol full of meaning, found in indigenous artwork in Arizona and as far away as Argentina and Peru. For several cultures like Aztecs, Mayans, Mixtecs, the grieta gscalonada represented the perfect harmony of the universe, the constant transformation of the matter into spirit, and the movement of life. As simple as it looks, it is one of the most important graphic symbols in Mesoamerica. Learn to draw your own version of a grieta gscalonada for use in your household decorations.

For School Aged


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45mins

Pollination Partners

by Royal Botanical Gardens

Are insects and birds able to pollinate the same plant? Why is pollination beneficial? For the answers to these and many other questions, join us as we investigate with the live specimens, study skins and models the cooperative relationship between pollinators and the plant kingdom.

For


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 - 60 minutes

What are National Parks?

by Rocky Mountain National Park

The National Park Service, established over 100 years ago, strives to protect various resources in over 400 sites across the country. These resources are represented in the National Park Service emblem, which is proudly displayed on the NPS uniform, in Rocky Mountain National Park, and all park sites.

For


Thursday, April 15, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Studying Steller Sea Lions

by Alaska SeaLife Center

Steller sea lions are endangered. So what can we do to help them? Find out how scientists at the Alaska SeaLife Center help us to learn more about these amazing animals and how we can help them in the wild.

For


Friday, April 16, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Night Life

by Greenville Zoo

The Night Life investigates the habits and adaptations of nocturnal animals. During this program, we will identify nocturnal animals, discuss nocturnal animal adaptations, and even have up-close encounters with some of our nocturnal education animal ambassadors.

For 2nd-5th


Monday, April 19, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 Minutes

Aztec Symbols and Stamps

by Penn Museum

The Aztec people created beautiful pottery with detailed designs showing humans, animals, parts of nature, and geometric designs. Discover why archaeologists think that ceramic stamps may have been used by artists to decorate pottery, clothing, or bodies. Then draw along to create a geometric design found on an ancient Aztec stamp!

For School Aged


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45mins

Earth Day Action Science

by Author Valerie Marsh

Ever wonder about the trash that just one Happy Meal creates? Dissect a real Happy Meal with us and find out! Discover how long common items take to decompose. Use sign language to sing a song about Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Create a "Trash Troll" litter bag for your car!

For K-2


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Will's World: All About the Bard

by Actors Company

How does a glovemaker’s son, with just a few years of formal schooling, become the most famous writer and poet in the world? In this one-man performance, William Shakespeare shares his life story, while providing insight into his greatest works and the world of Theater during the time of Queen Elizabeth. This engaging, interactive show features excerpts from A Midsummer Nights Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Henry V, and As You Like It, as well as Shakespeare’s sonnets. Professional actor and Shakespeare expert J.T. Turner brings the Bard to life and makes his works accessible for all.

For Grade 4 and up


Thursday, April 22, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 min.

America's Signs & Symbols

by Smithsonian American Art Museum

Artists use familiar icons such as the Statue of Liberty, the bald eagle, and the American flag to communicate their ideas about American culture and encourage examination of our society.

For 3rd-6th grade


Friday, April 23, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45

Rabbit Action Sciend: Hearing, Hopping, Hoping - That They Don't Get Eaten

by Author Valerie Marsh

Enjoy a funny rabbit story. Then explore how adaptations help rabbits survive! How do their ears, feet, and teeth help them escape?

For K-3


Monday, April 26, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minuites

Create Your Own Tapa Cloth

by Penn Museum

A tapa cloth is a bark cloth made in the islands of the Pacific Ocean. Unlike its name, it isn’t made of textile at all, rather it is made through the process of softening the bark of shrubs and trees. Investigate the natural materials, symbols, and making process through close study of tapa cloths in our collection. Then plan your own design with drawings of animals, flowers, or patterns that you see in your own community.

For School Aged


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45mins

Becoming BC Tour

by Royal BC Museum

Walk aboard Captain Vancouver’s ship Discovery, see a Cornish Water Wheel and learn about BC’s gold rush before taking a trip to Old Town during this 30 minute tour of the Becoming BC gallery at the Royal BC Museum. Learn about some of the fascinating events and places in the history of vast, diverse and unique British Columbia.

For grades 4-6


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

1:00 pm ET

30 minutes

Going to School in Early America

by Connecticut Historical Society

What was it like to go to school long ago? In this interactive program, students will learn about a typical school day for children in early New England through primary source images, memoirs, objects, and movement. Students will compare their own experiences in school to those of children in the past as they investigate who attended school and where schools were established and consider tools children used while being educated.

For grades k-2


Friday, April 30, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

In Spring 2020, CILC launched the Community of Learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as a resource for interactive learning for families and learners of all ages.

The videos below capture testimonials, reactions from some who have enjoyed the programming so far.