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Upcoming Community of Learning Programs

Wolf Pup 101

by International Wolf Center

Ever wondered what it’s like to grow up as a wolf? Step into the shoes of our wolf care staff and follow our ambassador wolves through their first year of life. You will learn all about the stages of pup development and what it takes to raise wolves here at the International Wolf Center!

For All Ages


Thursday, May 23, 2024

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Amphibians and Wetland (or Get Hoppy)

by Royal Botanical Gardens and Royal BC Museum

Ontario’s Royal Botanical Gardens & the Royal BC Museum join forces again to host a FREE livestream this time about wetland habitats and amphibians. Wetlands are a critical habitat for a variety of amphibians such as frogs, toads and salamanders. Since these animals are sensitive to environmental changes they are important indicator species. The health of the wetland though can also be impacted by the introduction of non-native species. What’s using your wetland as habitat? Come with your curiosity and be ready to learn from living animals and specimens in collections. Curator of vertebrate zoology at the Royal BC Museum, Dr. Gavin Hanke and educator Karin Davidson-Taylor at Royal Botanical Gardens will help immerse us all in the damp wetland world!

For All ages welcome with a focus for grades 4 to 6 classrooms.


Thursday, May 23, 2024

2:00 PM ET

45 Minutes

Ancient Superheroes

by Penn Museum

Did you know that the earliest written superhero stories date back over 4,000 years? Join us as we virtually travel the globe and learn about some heroes who went on exciting adventures and overcame incredible challenges. Students will then use these tales as inspiration to design their own superheroes.

For Grades K-6


Friday, May 24, 2024

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Art with Nature

by Royal Botanical Gardens

Using nature as both muse and medium, students unleash their creativity in this nature arts program. We'll explore patterns, symmetry and colour with two different activities. A drawing activity and then a hands-on, collaborative activity that encourages social emotional learning to build personal connections to the natural world. Make some time before the program to collect your natural materials.

For Grades K-6


Tuesday, May 28, 2024

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Mystery on the Reef

by Ocean Wise

Something isn’t quite right on the reef. Work as a class and talk to local animals, complete mini challenges, and use body movements to get closer to solving the mystery, all while learning how reducing plastic pollution can turn you into a superhero too!

For Grades K-6


Wednesday, May 29, 2024

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Wolf Research

by International Wolf Center

Discover how wolf researchers have learned to study wolves! This program explores a brief history of wolf research in the United States, the methods scientists use to research wolves, and what we’ve learned from years of studying these amazing animals.

For Grades 4 and up


Thursday, May 30, 2024

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Where in the World?

by Penn Museum

Did you know that the Penn Museum used to host its own TV show? What in the World first aired in 1951 and ran for 14 years. In each episode, Penn Museum archaeologists looked at different artifacts in the Museum’s collection and tried to guess what each piece was, where it came from, how old it was, and how it was used. Join Penn Museum educators as we take on our spin on the classic TV show and challenge students to look closely at artifacts from around the world and try to figure out where they came from in an exciting online game show.

For Grades K-6


Friday, May 31, 2024

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Art and the Hall of Fame Experience

by Pro Football Hall of fame

This program examines the architectural features of the museum in addition to sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs, videography and commercial/graphic art. Students will learn ways these works of art help visitors understand and appreciate various aspects of historical and social contexts related to museum displays.

For Grade K-6


Tuesday, June 4, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Head in the Clouds

by Children's Museum of Atlanta

The weather is an important part of our daily lives. Students will explore the water cycle and discover what makes those big fluffy patterns in the sky. Older students will learn more about the different types of clouds and what they mean for the weather. Students will watch a real cloud form and will create their own "cloud in a cup"

For Grade K-6


Wednesday, June 5, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Reptiles in Art

by Booth Western Art Museum

Explore reptile-themed art and artifacts in the Booth's collection while interacting with LIVE REPTILES courtesy of Georgia Reptile Society. Students finish the program by creating their own reptile-themed artwork!

For Grade K-6


Thursday, June 6, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Five-Field Kono: Make and Play a Korean Strategy Game

by Penn Museum

Five-field kono, also known as o pat kono, is a Korean strategy game first introduced to Western audiences by Penn Museum Director (and massive game fan) Stewart Culin (1858-1929). Students will learn the history of this game and find out what Culin found so appealing about it. They will then design a five-field kono board and learn to play this easy-to-learn but hard-to-master strategy game.

For Grade K-6


Friday, June 7, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Stewards of the Sea

by Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Our Stewards of the Sea program explores how essential a clean watershed is to the functioning of our planet. Participants discover sources of pollution and their effects on the environment. Students hear stories of our marine mammal patients who have been entangled in trash and rehabilitated. Children learn how our day to day actions and choices make a difference.

For Grade K-6


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Shark Baby

by Mote Marine Laboratory

Celebrate World Ocean Week with Mote Aquarium. When Shark Baby’s egg case is torn loose in a storm, he goes on a journey across kelp forests, coral reefs, and seagrass meadows. He needs to find the “mermaid” to figure out where he belongs. Help him find his way back!

For Grade K-6


Wednesday, June 12, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Reptile in Art

by Booth Western Art Museum

Explore reptile-themed art and artifacts in the Booth's collection while interacting with LIVE REPTILES courtesy of Georgia Reptile Society. Students finish the program by creating their own reptile-themed artwork!

For Grade K-6


Thursday, June 13, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Pets in Archaeology

by Penn Museum

Humans have been keeping pets for thousands of years, be they furry, feathered, scaly, or anything else in between. Students will track the history of pets across different ancient cultures by studying artifacts in the Penn Museum collection. They will then design their own paper pet collar.

For Grade K-6


Friday, June 14, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Spy School 101

by International Spy Museum

In this skill-based program, interactive challenges with real-world stories are woven together to explore the shadow-world of espionage and answer the question…do you have what it takes to be a spy?

For Grade K-6


Thursday, June 20, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

The Mighty Mesoamerican Metropolis

by Penn Museum

Did you know that Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec Empire, was once home to as many as 200,000 people? Mesoamerican civilizations, such as the Maya and Aztecs, developed massive, intricate communities with impressive architecture. By examining Mesoamerican artifacts, students will learn about the vast complex cities of Tikal, Teotihuacan, and Tenochtitlan, using them as inspiration to design their own cities.

For Grade K-6


Friday, June 21, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Letters from a '49er: John Robertson Maben and the Search for California Gold!

by Virginia Museum of History and Culture

In 1849, John Robertson Maben traveled to California in search of gold. In a series of thirteen letters, Maben describes his travels to his wife, Sarah. These letters are especially vivid as Maben was witness to events both momentous and mundane. He wrote of the cholera epidemic of 1849, the great St. Louis fire that same year, and the excitement and brutality of the California gold fields. In this program, students will join Maben on his journey, interpreting his letters, tracing his travels on a nineteenth-century map, and examining the landscape.

For Grade K-6


Tuesday, June 25, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Lighthouses 101

by Preservation Virginia

Lighthouses have guided sea travelers to safety for hundreds of years, but how exactly do lighthouses work and how have they changed over time? What established Cape Henry Lighthouse on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in 1792? Join Preservation Virginia’s Cape Henry Lighthouse in a STEM and history exploration of the significance and function of this architectural beacon of light.

For Grade K-6


Wednesday, June 26, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

A Brief History of Musical Instruments

by Bash the Trash Environmental Arts

All around the world, every human culture has created music of some kind or another - and musical instruments to go along with it! Take a whirlwind tour through the history of musical instruments as told from the point of view of instrument-builders. We’ll start with prehistoric evidence of the first musical instruments, then explore how instrument-makers shared ideas and technology through ancient trade routes such as the Silk Road. We’ll look at how music, culture and resources are interrelated, and how instruments take on forms that reflect the cultural needs for them, as well as the local materials used to build them. We’ll see how playing in large groups created a need for some standardization, and how instrument builders have found ways to overcome some of the weird physics problems presented by sound and music. We’ll enter in the 20th Century with the origins of the instruments that are associated with Jazz and Rock, and look at how digital technology led to Rap, Hip-Hop and Techno. Ultimately, as long as an instrument does whatever the player wants it to do - it’s a great instrument!

For Grade K-6


Thursday, June 27, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Cartouches

by Penn Museum

Ancient Egyptians wrote the name of the pharaohs in special sets of hieroglyphs called cartouches. Students will learn to identify cartouches of ancient Egyptian pharaohs inscribed on several artifacts in the Penn Museum collection. They will then get the chance to design and show off their own cartouches.

For Grade K-6


Friday, June 28, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Weather Wow! Up in the Air

by UCAR Center for Science Education

Did you know a typical cumulonimbus cloud can weigh 105.8 MILLION pounds?! How does it stay up in the sky?! Explore how the sun affects our Earth’s weather with an interactive experiment comparing hot and cold air. Transform your students into science sleuths and cloud detectives as we explore this mystery together and learn how air behaves when it changes temperature.

For Grade K-6


Tuesday, July 9, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

I Spy: Exploring our Ocean Backyard

by Aquarium of the Pacfic

Come play I Spy with us as we explore all the creatures that live in our local habitats from kelp forsest critters, to tidepool treasures, and wonders of the wetlands!

For Grade K-6


Wednesday, July 10, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Besieged Bees

by Butterfly Pavilion

Empower your students to engage in environmental conservation! Dive into the world of bees, where your class will compare various types of bees, grasp their critical role in our ecosystems, investigate the concerning decline in their populations, and collaboratively brainstorm innovative solutions to conserve and restore their numbers. Your students will become eco-champions, taking real-world action to protect our essential pollinators and nurture a healthier planet!

For Grade K-6


Thursday, July 11, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Scarabs in Ancient Egypt

by Penn Museum

The ancient Egyptians believed that after a person died, the gods judged them based on their thoughts and actions in life by weighing their heart against a feather. People were often buried with stone scarabs, amulets carved with spells or incantations designed to help tip the scales in their favor. Students will learn about the importance of scarab beetles to the ancient Egyptians and how they fit into their views on the afterlife. Students will then design their own stone scarabs.

For Grade K-6


Friday, July 12, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Creativity & Problem-solving

by Cleveland Museum of Art

Investigate ways that artists have experienced and solved problems throughout time.

For Grade K-6


Tuesday, July 16, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Salsa Dance Class

by Crelata

Get excited to dance Salsa to slow, medium, and fast tempo music. You'll get to learn the footwork for both a leader and a follower so that if you dance at a social event you won't step on anyone's feet! In each lesson, you will get to improvise to decide what Salsa step or rhythm to do next. We're so glad you're joining us on this Salsa adventure! By the end of this lesson, students will be able to: > Move on the basic rhythm: 123 567. > Demonstrate the basic step of Salsa by rocking forward on the left leg and backward on the right leg. > Perform four different Salsa steps with the basic rhythm.

For Grade K-6


Wednesday, July 17, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Young America

by Smithsonian American Art Museum

The transition from colonial rule to national independence was a pivotal time in American history. Meet some of the people living in the colonies and explore artworks that tell the story of America as a new nation.

For Grade K-6


Thursday, July 18, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Roman Mosaics

by Penn Museum

A mosaic is a picture or pattern produced by arranging together small colored pieces. People have been making mosaics for thousands of years. Students will explore the history of this ancient art form by studying Roman artifacts and learn how to make their own.

For Grade K-6


Friday, July 19, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Illustrating Poe

by Poe Museum

Students will listen to and read a selection of Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry including "Alone," "Annabel Lee," and "Eldorado.” Throughout the reading, students will pay attention to the imagery in the poems. Then, students will create their own artwork inspired by the poems and showcase their creations to their fellow classmates.

For Grade K-6


Wednesday, July 24, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Superhero Bill of Rights

by National Archives

Focusing on the First Amendment, students will discover how the Superhero Bill of Rights saves the day by protecting people’s rights. Students will learn about the importance of rights and discover how they can exercise their rights. They will also analyze primary sources and identify the matching freedom(s) of the five freedoms represented in each historical example.

For Grade K-6


Thursday, July 25, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Legendary Heroes From Around the World

by Penn Museum

People have been telling stories of heroes going on incredible adventures, facing impossible odds, and overcoming challenges for thousands of years. Students will hear epic tales of heroes from around the world as told through artifacts in the Penn Museum collection. They will then use these tales as inspiration to create their own legendary heroes.

For Grade K-6


Friday, July 26, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Historic Connections

by Cleveland Museum of Art

Use artworks from across time periods and places as primary sources and evaluate multiple opinions and viewpoints about artworks and historical events to acknowledge that people have a variety of perspectives on the world.

For Grade K-6


Tuesday, July 30, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Wolf 101

by International Wolf Center

In this program, we cover the basics of gray wolf biology and behavior. Join us as we address a variety of topics including where wolves live, what they eat, and how they have adapted to different environments. This interactive program is a great introduction to the world of gray wolves!

For Grade K-6


Wednesday, July 31, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

The War that Changed your World: The Science and Technology of WWII

by National WWII Museum

Today’s televisions, computers, and cell phones can all trace their origins to technological advancements realized during WWII. Other facets of our modern lives owe a debt to WWII, too: modern building materials, ways of teaching and learning, even the way your supermarket stocks its shelves. Students explore a top tsix list of WWII science and technology and brainstorm design solutions to various WWII challenges.

For Grade K-6


Thursday, August 1, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

The Ancient Olympic Games

by Penn Museum

Join the Penn Museum as we celebrate the 2024 Summer Olympics by looking back at the ancient Olympic Games. The earliest Olympic Games date to 776 BCE as an exciting celebration of ancient Greek god Zeus. Students will learn about the history of the Olympic Games, the kinds of competitions hosted at the Games, and the ways the ancient Greeks commemorated the Games in their artifacts. Students will then design their own Greek vase depicting their own epic contest.

For Grade K-6


Friday, August 2, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Monster Mania

by Author Marty Chan

Author Marty Chan takes kids on a journey through the monsters of myth. He shares stories of close encounters with creatures that belong in the world of myth... We hope. Join Marty for an eerie session of storytelling.

For Grade K-6


Thursday, August 8, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Indigenous Games

by Penn Museum

People across the globe have been playing games for thousands of years. Games aren’t just fun things to do, they carry important cultural meanings. Students will become amateur archaeologists and study game-related artifacts from Indigenous communities from North, Central, and South America. They’ll learn how to play different games, their cultural and religious significance, and how many continue to serve as important expressions of cultural heritage and identity today. Students will then design their own team logos.

For Grade K-6


Friday, August 9, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Walking Up a Food Chain

by Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and Leslie Science and Nature Center

Together with the Leslie Science and Nature Center, we will create a food chain using LIVE animals (such as hawk/owl, snake, frog, spider and roach). Starting with a roach as our decomposer, we will take a close look at 5 live animals on a guided tour up a food chain. On our journey we will discuss how these animals are all connected and learn about the delicate balance that allows them to survive both individually and as wildlife sharing a habitat.

For Grade K-6


Tuesday, August 13, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

The Deep Sea: Whats Lurking in the Dark?

by Ocean Wise

How deep is deep? Well the deepest place in the ocean we know of is about 11 km (36,200 ft) below the surface! How do animals survive in the dark and under extreme pressures? How do they hunt? What do they eat? Join an Ocean Wise Educator live, where we will dive into the deep and explore interesting facts of the deep sea and adaptations of the sea creatures that live there. Participants will discuss the importance of ocean exploration and ways that we can uncover the ocean’s mysteries

For Grade K-6


Wednesday, August 14, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Cave Creatures

by Great Basin National Park Foundation

Go on a short virtual tour of Great Basin National Park, then become a cave detective to explore what organisms can survive in the cold, dark environment of Lehman Caves. Gain a deeper understanding of how animal adaptations are linked to specific environments.

For Grade K-6


Thursday, August 15, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Legendary Monsters

by Penn Museum

Humans have been creating imaginary monsters for thousands of years. Some of them are terrifying creatures while others are bringers of good fortune. Often ancient peoples combined different animal parts to form one powerful beast. Students will study ancient monsters from across the globe, identify the real-world animals that inspired them, and design their own monsters.

For Grade K-6


Friday, August 16, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

All About Habitats

by Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

Habitats are places where animals live. From deserts to rain forests to oceans, habitats are as diverse as the animals that live there. Compare and contrast different habitats by visiting exhibits at the Toledo Zoo to meet live animals up close and personal. Students will learn the essential needs of animals and how habitats meet these needs. All Toledo Zoo Programs include a live tour of an animal exhibit with a knowledgeable guide and time for interaction with participants.

For Grade K-6


Tuesday, August 20, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Back to Schooling

by Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Tuna in for a FREE educational livestream and get back into the swim of things for a new school year with a few of our fishy friends. Compare and contrast different kinds of fish adaptations, from seahorses to sharks. Explore how important fisheries are to people and what you can do to help. Then learn the basics about setting up your own classroom aquarium for the new school year.

For Grade K-6


Wednesday, August 21, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

STEAM: Science of Sound at Historic RCA Studio B

by Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Historic RCA Studio B, Nashville’s oldest operating recording studio, exists at the intersection of science, technology, history, and music. In this interactive videoconference program, students evaluate how reflection, refraction, and other properties of sound waves shape the studio space. Students also learn about the rise of Music Row and hear the songs recorded by artists like Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and Waylon Jennings that defined this studio as the “Home of 1,000 Hits.”

For Grade K-6


Thursday, August 22, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Where in the World?

by Penn Museum

Did you know that the Penn Museum used to host its own TV show? What in the World first aired in 1951 and ran for 14 years. In each episode, Penn Museum archaeologists looked at different artifacts in the Museum’s collection and tried to guess what each piece was, where it came from, how old it was, and how it was used. Join Penn Museum educators as we take on our spin on the classic TV show and challenge students to look closely at artifacts from around the world and try to figure out where they came from in an exciting online game show.

For Grade K-6


Friday, August 23, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Archeological Sites

by Midwest Archeological Center - NPS

Participants will explore different archeological sites throughout the world, focusing on sites in the Midwest region of the National Park Service. This program focuses on how sites are discovered, what archeologists can learn from sites, and the importance of the artifacts which are found.

For Grade K-6


Tuesday, August 27, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Trash Talking History: Archaeology of Bacon's Rebellion, 1676

by Preservation Virginia

What does one’s trash say about their life, society, and history? What can historians learn from studying objects found in the ground? Bacon’s Castle (c. 1665) in Surry, Virginia uses its namesake–the pivotal colonial event, Bacon’s Rebellion of 1676–to consider the value of archaeology in the study of the past.

For Grade K-6


Wednesday, August 28, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Digging into Archaeology

by Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

Discover how archaeology increases our understanding of the past. Test your observation skills during a mock archaeological dig!

For Grade K-6


Thursday, August 29, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

Think Like an Archaeologist!

by Penn Museum

Artifacts share clues that help us learn about world cultures. Students will step into the role of an archaeologist to unpack interesting information that artifacts can tell us, just by using our eyes. Students will learn how to de-code secrets about artifacts by closely observing, questioning, and talking about them. Students will then hone their observational skills creating an illustration of an artifact in the Penn Museum collection.

For Grade K-6


Friday, August 30, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

African Modern Dance with Oiada International

by Oiada International

Jump into the rhythm of African as you connect live with dancers in Ghana, learn choreography to discover cultural connection between African and modern dance forms.

For Grade K-6


Tuesday, November 5, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

#GivingTuesday: Community of Learning

by CILC

Do not miss our final celebrations of our anniversary year that is dedicating to supporting the next 30 years of CILC innovation in our #GivingTuesday Pay As You Wish Events!

For Grades K-12


Tuesday, December 3, 2024

1:00 PM ET

45 minutes

I am an elementary teacher from Brazil. I signed up today to see how this would work and see if I could use this in my classes. This is great!  The instructor is great, the cameras (with different angles) are helpful. Just wanted to say I love it!
Teacher

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