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Our 2014-15 Distance Learning Programs address appropriate Ohio Academic Content Standards in science and social studies and National Health Education Standards. Each program can accommodate up to 30 Students and is one hour in length.

Just Senseless | Grades K-2
Just Senseless Teacher's Guide and Materials
Let's find out what the five senses do by imagining life without them. Using hands-on props and demonstrations, we explore how life would be different if one or more of our senses were disabled. We also discuss how senses help to keep our bodies safe.
Please note: A kit of materials will be sent to your school for use during this program. Please allow a two-week lead time when booking and alert your school office about this delivery. You will also receive a return UPS label to return this kit to the Museum after your videoconference.

States of Matter: A Solid Lesson Where Liquids Can Be a Gas! | Grades K-3
States of Matter Teacher's Guide and Materials
Make sure you have a "Table Of Science" ready for action as we guide your students through an exploration of solids, liquids and gases. Our series of hands-on activities and demonstrations will illustrate how changes in temperature affect the physical properties of matter, and may result in some molecular mayhem as we pour, pile, and blow our way through this program.
Please Note: This program includes a kit of materials that will be sent to your school. Teachers will also need to bring the following items on the day of the program: bucket, big bowl, or other water-catching device; water in a separate bowl or pitcher; several ice cubes; paper towels to contain spills; 6-8 pennies.

Ohio's Native Wildlife | Grades 2-6
Ohio's Native Wildlife Teacher's Guide and Materials
Explore a variety of animals and their role in the eastern North American forest ecosystem. Live animals will be showcased along with video of some of the larger animals in our Perkins Wildlife Center.
Please note: A kit of materials will be sent to your school for use during this program. Please allow a two-week lead time when booking and alert your school office about this delivery. You will also receive a return UPS label to return this kit to the Museum after your videoconference.

Forces & Motion | Grades 3-5 
Forces & Motion Teacher's Guide and Materials
Explore Newton's laws of motion and investigate the meaning of velocity, friction, inertia, gravity and much more. This interactive adventure challenges your students to become our Virtual Crash Test Team…make sure you've got room to move! Please Note: A kit of materials will be sent to your school for this program. Teachers will also need to bring the following items to the classroom on the day of their program: rolling chair (any type of office chair with wheels will work), tape, 2 meter sticks, pitcher of water, paper towels galore, 3 full sheets of newspaper, and a rigid ruler.

Rocks and Minerals: It's Not 'Hard' Science! | Grades 3-6
Rocks and Minerals Teacher's Guide and Materials
Are you losing your marbles when it comes to getting sedimentary students interested in the rocks beneath their feet? Don't sulphur alone...we'll help you dig up an avalanche of appreciation for the original hard sciences...this overview of geology and mineralogy basics will whet your students' apatite for Earth Sciences with plenty of hands-on experience with real specimens from our collections. Is studying rocks fun? Of quartz it is!
Please note: A necessary (and heavy) kit of specimens will be shipped to your school for use during our program. When your student geologists are finished, please refer to our packing diagram to prep the kit for return to the Museum. There will be a return UPS label in the kit and zip-ties to secure the lid. Please allow a two-week lead time when booking and alert your school office about this delivery.

Ancient Teeth Tell Tales: A Paleobiology Lab Experience | Grades 4-6
Ancient Teeth Tell Tales Teacher's Guide and Materials
Join us as we replicate a day of research with Dr. Darin Croft, Paleontologist with Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Specializing in mammals that went extinct millions of years ago, Dr. Croft's work launches this lab experience illustrating how careful measurements of fossil teeth can help scientists build a picture of entire ancient ecosystems. Using real diagnostic equipment and casts of specimens found during recent South American fieldwork, your amateur Paleobiologists will learn how ancient teeth tell tales!
Please note: A necessary kit of materials will be sent to you for use during the program. Please open the kit before our connection and check it against the Inventory List. A pre-paid UPS label will be included for you to attach to the kit once secured for return to CMNH.

Cells: A Really Close Look At How Life Works | Grades 4-6
Cells Teacher's Guide and Materials
In 1676, a scientist named Antonie Leeuwenhoek scraped some plaque off his teeth and looked at it under his new invention called a microscope. The tiny living units he observed created a whole new level of scientific understanding, and a whole new level of appreciation for toothbrushes. This program will investigate some of the ways your personal team of 75 trillion cells are interacting with each other to maintain the chemical reactions and physical processes necessary for life. Review the organelles that power individual cells and reveal some of the links between all life on Earth. Even while you're sleeping, on a cellular level you’re always quite busy.
Please note: All students will need 2 blank pieces of paper and a pencil during this program.

Food Chains, Habitats and Us | Grades 4-6
Food Chains, Habitats and Us Teacher's Guide and Materials
As humans continue to encroach on the Earth's unique habitats, it is increasingly important for students to understand how people affect the environment in which they live. While observing specimens from our Wildlife Division and conducting demonstrations in your classroom, students will identify their crucial role in protecting natural diversity.

Prehistoric People: Who's Our Daddy? | Grades 4-10 
Prehistoric People Teacher's Guide and Materials
Investigate the most current ideas of human evolution with specialists in the field. Trace the development of modern humans using information from fossil hominids as well as clues from living primates. Specimens from the Hamman-Todd Osteological Collection, one of the largest research collections of modern human skeletons in the world, are used to illustrate unique human physiological traits.
Please note: A materials kit will be sent to your school for use during this program, along with a pre-paid UPS return label. Please schedule at least 2 weeks in advance to allow shipping time.

Body Blueprints | Grades 6-8
Body Blueprints Teacher's Guide and Materials
Investigate the basics of DNA and discover how the genes you inherited from your parents determine much of who you are. Review the structure of DNA to see how genetic information is organized. Find out which students have dominant or recessive traits by conducting experiments with your class.

Genetics In Action: Your Daily Dose of DNA Technology | Grades 6-8
Genetics In Action Teacher's Guide and Materials
Review current applications of DNA research and find out how biotechnology may affect your life. Did you have some GMOs for breakfast today? Your class will team up to analyze DNA evidence from a crime scene and simulate DNA fingerprinting—will you identify the correct suspect? Use our attached scenarios to review case studies involving genetic information and discuss how this knowledge influences ethical decisions.

Climate Change: Investigating Our Impact | Grades 6-12
Climate Change Teacher's Guide and Materials
There's no debate during this program! Heat up your classroom as we challenge your students to explore the connection between simple scientific principles and changes in temperature and weather that scientists refer to as "global climate change." During this interactive investigation we will experiment with the phenomenon of the "greenhouse effect," directly observe the relationship between visible and infrared light, illustrate several techniques used to gather climate data from the past, and detail how it is used to predict future changes.
Please note: A kit of materials will be sent to your school for use during this program. Please allow a two-week lead time when booking and alert your school office about this delivery. You will also receive a return UPS label to return this kit to the Museum after your videoconference.

Disease Detectives | Grades 7-12 
Disease Detectives Teacher's Guide and Materials
This just in: Nearly half of the students at East Coliville High School are sick with similar symptoms. As part of the health department epidemiology team, you will work together to eliminate false leads and piece together clues to determine the cause of this outbreak. It is up to your team to interpret data, identify the pathogen, locate its source and stop its spread before this illness claims more victims.

Beyond the Genome: Applications of Modern Genetics | Grades 9-12
Beyond the Genome Teacher's Guide and Materials
The products of DNA technology are everywhere, from big city forensics to remote fox farms in Siberia. Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, Dr. Gavin Svenson, is linking DNA sequence data with physical characteristics of praying mantis species. Take a peek at his research and analyze the evolutionary relationships of these fascinating insects. We’ll investigate ways that biotechnology is used in health care, kitchens, bathrooms, cars and family pets! How has genetic research affected your day? Have students watch the video below to become familiar with Dr. Svenson's research prior to this program.
Note: Each student will need a copy of the “Restriction Enzymes & Phylogenetics Worksheet” and a pencil during our program.



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