Area organizations offer educational projects, learning activities to teachers, students

Cultural organizations are providing many ways to enhance student learning

Kent District Library librarians talk about books and make recommendations (left) and KDL staff demonstrate a STEAM activity (right)

Editor’s note: The first in a series on learning resources provided by local cultural organizations.

Need a science project as you help students complete studies at home? Giant Cave Cockroaches from South America can help. Or maybe something in social studies? Try K9 (canine) war stories or a Virtual Discovery Kit. Looking for language arts? Book Talks or journaling with nature could help.

These examples, created especially for students and their teachers, are from the educators at the many cultural organizations in our area. They are opening virtual doors to all kinds of free learning, including projects, activities, interviews, tours and videos.

Most of these resources are directly tied to learning standards and designed to appeal to a wide range of students. In addition to the samples below from a few of these organizations, many more can be found on SNN’s Education Everywhere section and on their websites. 

And heads up: the South American giant cockroaches are featured in a series from John Ball Zoo, called Zoo Insider. This series covers a wide range of animals and activities – watch for more from the Zoo next week!

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Kent District Library

STEAM activities 
Fun videos of projects students can tackle to explore these topics.

  • For elementary students 
  • Science, technology, engineering, art, math

Book Talks 
KDL Staff give reading recommendations for a range of ages in these videos.

  • For middle school and high school students
  • English/language arts

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Virtual Experiences

Step inside the Gerald R. Ford Museum for a virtual tour and interview with Curator Don Holloway.  For our youngest learners, join Clare in the Oval Office and Cabinet Room for special presidential-themed stories. 

Temporary Exhibit Tours

The Continual Struggle: The American Freedom Movement and the Seeds of Social Change
Hear from the artist Brian Washington as he introduces his artwork documenting the Civil Rights Movement and America’s historical struggle against segregation.

Wounded Warrior Dog Project & K9 War Stories
Comprising two installations, the exhibit shows true stories of courage and sacrifice of canines and their human handlers during the Global War on Terror.

  • Guided Tours: Grade 5 – adult; Curator interviews: grades 3-8; Story-times: grades K-2
  • Tours & Curator Interviews – Social Studies; Story-time – ELA, Social Studies
The Foundation’s Clare Shubert interviews Curator Don Holloway
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