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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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Upcoming Community of Learning Programs

From Jamestown to Revolution: Virginia in the Colonial Era

by HistoryConnects from VMHC

During this program students will explore what demographics made colonial Virginians' lives different. This program will study the beginnings of government in Virginia, enslavement versus indentured servitude, the impact of English colonists on Virginia Indians, and how colonial Virginians lived in their day-to- day lives. From objects to paintings, to letters & broadsides, this program will look at a variety of different primary sources that shine a light on what life was like in colonial Virginia.

For 4th - 8th Grade


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Archaeology Live-Streaming from Harvard Yard: Discovering Colonial Student Life

by Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC): Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

Visit a live dig! This 40-minute virtual field trip takes an entire class to an active archaeological dig site on the campus of Harvard University. Meet the excavation directors who will explain the project, what they are looking for, and what they have found. Meet and observe student archaeologists at work who will demonstrate and explain the techniques they are using as they search for evidence of the lives of colonial students almost 400 years ago in Massachusetts. The program is broadcast to your classroom from the center of the undergraduate campus – Harvard Yard. This is a special event and will be offered only once this year! Thursday, October 21st from 1:00 - 1:40 pm EST (Rain Date: Thursday, October 28th)

For Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


Thursday, October 21, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Crown to Country: The History of our Fight for Independence

by Liberty Hall Museum

Museum educators in period dress will guide students on a virtual journey through Liberty Hall. In this historic setting, students will see artifacts from the collection, learn how the events leading up to the American Revolution shaped the difficult decisions faced by colonists, and debate whether they should support the patriot cause, remain loyal to King George III, or stay out of the conflict with the Quakers.

For School-Age


Friday, October 22, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Spiders! A Folktale Using Sign Language! Then Do Action Science!

by Author Valerie Marsh

Use sign language and participate in a folktale story about spiders and their webs! Then become an arachnologist (spider scientist) and simulate real spider behavior! Materials needed for each student are a pencil, piece of paper, and markers.

For K-4


Monday, October 25, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

La Offrenda: Elements of the Altar

by Penn Museum

Learn about one of Mexico's best-known traditions: Día de los Muertos. Discover how the riches of the country's geography connects to the deep meaning of la ofrenda (the altar) at the center of this holiday. Learners will explore each element of la ofrenda as they draw along as they add personal designs that make it unique to their own lives!

For school-aged


Tuesday, October 26, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Sustainable Solutions: Bioenergy & Bioproducts

by Creative Discovery Museum

Students will come to a better understanding of the need for sustainable solutions to everyday problems and specificall,y bioenergy and bioproducts from sustainably farmed poplar trees.

For 5th - 8th grade


Wednesday, October 27, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

The Little Red Hen

by Center for Puppetry Arts

This classic tale comes to life through an interactive performance led by puppeteer Jeffrey Zwartjes. Colorful hand puppets tell the story of a hen who finds a grain of wheat. She wants to harvest the wheat but none of the other barnyard animals will help her, so she decides to do it all herself. Will Little Red Hen share her bounty with the other animals? Your students decide! Lessons of hard work, responsibility, sharing, and helping your neighbor ring true in this timeless tale. Students will have Q & A with the puppeteer following the performance.

For PreK-2


Friday, October 29, 2021

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 analyze primary sources and discover how they can exercise their rights.

For School-Age


Monday, November 1, 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, November 2, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Carnivorous Plants

by Longwood Gardens

Journey into the secret world of carnivorous plants. Discover the unique methods by which these amazing organisms capture food to continue their survival.

For grades 3 to 8


Wednesday, November 3, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Plants and Animals of Joshua Tree

by Joshua Tree National Park

Plants and Animals of Joshua Tree provides an introduction to the National Park Service and Joshua Tree National Park specifically, highlighting some plant and animal desert adaptations while showing plants in their natural habitat and using animal props. This program can be adjusted for all grades and ages.

For 1st-6th


Thursday, November 4, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Mexican Fiesta Dances: Day of the Dead

by Born 2 Move Movement Adventures

Learning culture and Dances related to Day of the Dead

For Grade 3-12


Friday, November 5, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Digital Citizenship: Online Communities

by Banyan Global Learning

Join BGL and our puppet friends to learn about what it means to be a responsible Digital Citizen! Learners help Sunny, a friend from "Digitopolis", develop strategies for becoming part of her online class community through team dynamics like active listening, asking thoughtful questions, and taking ownership of her part of the team.

For K-4


Monday, November 8, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Celebrating Diwali

by Penn Museum

Firecrackers, clay lamps, gifts, sweets, scrumptious feasts, and stories of triumph of good over evil. Diwali, celebrated in November, is one of the most popular festivals of India and the world. It literally means, a row of lights. It is the festival of illuminance, and it makes that point with all the fireworks and bright lights that brighten the homes and the night sky. People eat pastries, light clay lamps known as diyas, and tell stories of old, like the story of Ram, who raised an army of monkeys and bears to march on the island of Lanka and defeated the demon king Ravana to rescue his wife and restore order in the universe. Or the time when Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, found a true devotee. But despite the two most popular stories connected to the festival tracing its origins to Hinduism, people of different races and creeds have adopted this Diwali because of its universal themes of good over evil and light over darkness. Come to this offering and learn about a few of the stories that are tied to this festival. We will also learn how to make a craft or two.

For school aged


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Children's art in a world of crisis: The Terezin Classrom

by Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center

How children lived in a world of chaos through the discipline of art. One of the examples will focus on the art album Tommy. The album was drawn by Czech artist Bedrich Fritta as a present for his son Thomas, on his third birthday. Illustrations for the toddler show a child sucking his thumb, using the potty, at the table, playing games and other activities, until we remember that this was not reality, but rather a gift of optimism. Fritta was head of the Theresienstadt ghetto’s technical department, where Jewish artists imprisoned in the ghetto were forced to work for the Germans, drawing plans and preparing propaganda illustrations by day. However, they clandestinely documented the grim ghetto life whenever possible and concealed the drawings

For Grade 5 and 6


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Matter Science Theater

by Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Matter is everywhere and makes up everything. This theater-style demonstration captivates students as they explore the different states of matter and experience transformations right before their eyes.

For Education: Grade(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Parent, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons


Friday, November 12, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Space Shuttle Full Fuselage Trainer Virtual Tour

by The Museum of Flight

Every astronaut in the 30-year history of the Space Shuttle program trained on the Space Shuttle Full Fuselage Trainer to get ready to go to space. In this live virtual tour, your students will learn what it was like for a Space Shuttle astronaut to go to and live in space. We use 360 degree high-resolution scans to give an up-close look of the “flight deck” (cockpit) and the “mid-deck” (crew living and working areas), while an educator provides in-depth information about what you're seeing.

For Grades 3-6


Monday, November 15, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Step-by-Step: Meaning and Making of Moccasins

by Penn Museum

Artifacts have the ability to tell many stories about the individuals or groups of people that made, owned, or used them. Personal items like shoes travel with a person as they journey through life. Think about the ways in which your shoes tell the story of where you have been and where you are going. Learn more about the history of sewn footwear through a close study of moccasins. Look closely at several pairs of moccasins to see if you can identify the materials used and discover more about the making process. Gain a deeper understanding of the history and connection to many Native American nations by working together with a museum educator to produce your own unique footwear design.

For school-aged


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Bearly Awake

by Lee Richardson Zoo

Hibernation

For Grade 3 and 4


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

The Ancestral Sonoran Desert People

by Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

For over a thousand years, the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People called the desert their home. During this program, students will be introduced to the culture, daily life, and survival of the ancestral people. They will compare life in the past to their lives today. Students will also be introduced to the mission of the National Park Service and how they can help protect Casa Grande Ruins for future generations.

For Grades 3 &4


Thursday, November 18, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Thanksgiving in the Ocean

by Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

What do animals eat for Thanksgiving? Find out the favorite foods of Hugh and Buffett, our resident manatees, as we celebrate the SEAson atop our 75,000 gallon habitat during feeding time.

For K-6


Friday, November 19, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Nature's Recyclers

by Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Students will learn the important role that scavengers and decomposers play in our everyday lives. We’ll meet live animals, including a turkey vulture up close, and discover just how decomposition works, and why it’s essential for all living things.

For K-8


Monday, November 22, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Weaving Memories Wampum

by Penn Museum

How do you remember important events in your family or community? Wampum belts are used by the Lenape and other Indigenous people of the Eastern Woodlands to record important events, forge relationships, and share stories. White and purple beads are made from clam or welk shells and woven together by hand to create these symbolic documents. Learn more about the traditional practice of making wampum belts and create a design that represents an important event in your family, school, or community.

For school-aged


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Meet the Mammoth

by Royal BC Museum

Visit the Ice Age and learn more about the Woolly Mammoths who lived there and how they were especially suited to live in that cold environment.

For School Age


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

STEAM and Portraiture

by Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Spark your students’ curiosity, powers of observation, and inquiry skills in a program that uses portraiture as a springboard to discuss STEAM concepts. As they analyze portraits, students will discover the sitters’ stories and recognize their contributions to the various STEAM fields. There will be opportunities to examine a broad range of STEAM topics in order to forge connections with classroom learning.

For 4th-6th


Monday, November 29, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Roots of Tradition: Corn, Beans, and Squash

by Penn Museum

Learn more about the Three Sisters crops and their significance in many Indigenous cultures of the Americas. When the Three Sisters, corn, bean, and squash, are planted together, they support each other’s growth to produce a healthy harvest. They are also often used together in traditional recipes. Think about dishes that hold a special memory for you, and receive a special recipe for a delicious soup made using the Three Sisters crops!

For school-aged


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Where in the World Were They? American Women in WWII

by U.S. Army Women's Museum

Geography & History program using photo analysis to follow women around the globe during WWII

For 2nd-6th Grade


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Carving the Canyon

by Zion National Park

Through this program, students will gain an understanding of the unique and complex geologic story of Zion and the southwest.

For 4th - 6th grade


Thursday, December 2, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Strange and Amazing Aircraft Tour

by The Museum of Flight

This tour introduces students grades K–2 to a wide range of unique aircraft designs. At the end of the program, students will be able to describe different types of aircraft and their functions including gliders, unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters, and even flying cars!

For K-2


Friday, December 3, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Fashions of the Pharaoh

by Penn Museum

People in power often have a special style of dress that sets them apart from the crowd. Look closely at artifacts from ancient Egypt to learn more about the clothing and adornment worn by pharaohs and elite people. Discover the meaning and message conveyed by certain clothing or adornment. Think about the way you look when you feel your best, and follow along as we design fashion worthy of a ruler!

For school-aged


Tuesday, December 7, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Stewards of the Sea

by Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Discover sources of pollution and their effects in the environment. Learn about our marine mammals that have been entangled in trash and rehabilitated!

For 3rd-5th


Wednesday, December 8, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Geology: Rocks and Minerals of Joshua Tree

by Joshua Tree National Park

n Geology of Joshua Tree: Rocks and Minerals, a ranger leads an exploration of rocks and minerals of Joshua Tree National Park. Students will complete a journal page along with a ranger as they take a close look at the composition of their local rocks. This program can be modified for various grades and ages.

For 2nd-6th


Thursday, December 9, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Animals in the Hall

by Explore Natural History!

Learn to “think like a zoologist!” We will venture down our Hall of Nebraska Wildlife exhibit and actively study our dioramas full of native Nebraska animals. Students are encouraged to listen, observe, and question each explored window. Animals viewed include rattlesnakes, bison, water fowl, prairie dogs, coyotes, rabbits, and mountain lions. The minutes fly by with interactive question and answer time, physical exploration and group discovery about animal senses, habitats, and behaviors. It's a zoological adventure!

For Grades K-2


Friday, December 10, 2021

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 to learn where wolves live, what they eat and how they've adapted to different environments

For Grades K-6


Monday, December 13, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Myths in Painting: Greek Vases

by Penn Museum

Investigate a series of painted vessels to uncover stories about mythical gods and creatures from ancient Greece. Through interactive conversation with a Museum educator, you will explore the poses, symbols, materials, and artistic techniques used by makers to learn more about how ancient Greeks interacted with the world. Think about how you would tell a story in a single image by using your newly trained eye to match Greek myths to their correct pottery pieces.

For school-aged


Tuesday, December 14, 2021

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.

For Grades 1-5


Wednesday, December 15, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Pollination Investigation

by Zion National Park

Learn about pollinators in the desert!

For Grades 3-4


Thursday, December 16, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

History Detectives

by Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Engage your detective skills to uncover time capsules created from the Museum’s collection of 1960s artifacts. Learn about President Kennedy and the 1960s by examining primary source materials including photographs, magazines, toys, clothing and more. Students will unpack time capsules and discover information about the person who prepared it and then share their findings.

For Grades 3-8


Friday, December 17, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Bones & Tone: A Moving Experience

by McMillen Health

Students will discover fun facts about their skeleton and muscles and use these systems in various activities while learning the names of important muscles and bones. An emphasis of the program will be to learn how to keep these systems healthy and active.

For Grades 2-6


Monday, December 20, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Celebrate Winter with Light!

by Penn Museum

For thousands of years, cultures around the world have used light as a symbol during their celebrations. Discover more about the ancient pagan Festival of Lights, and how parts of this tradition continue today to mark the Winter Solstice. Learn more about how civilizations across the ancient world bring light into their holidays, from Diwali to Christmas to Hannukah, using special vessels and tools to shine through the darkness. Finish by creating a personalized design for your own ancient lamp.

For school-aged


Tuesday, December 21, 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.