Distance Learning Programs
The museum offers Distance Learning programs designed to provide a virtual fieldtrip for schools that are too far away for an actual visit. Using internet based video conferencing technology, we are able to come right into your classroom in real time to provide a stimulating program. We collaborate with the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration to book our distance learning programs. Please visit the CILC web site to book your program today: www.cilc.org. If you have questions, our Group Services Coordinator can assist you at 410-326-2042 ext. 41 or email.
Maryland schools outside of the Southern Maryland area are invited to have their programs for free thanks to a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council. Hurry, programs are limited.
Captain John Smith Discovers the Treasures of the Chesapeake
National Standards: NSS-EC.K-4.4, NSS-G.k-12.1, NSS-G.k-12.2, NSS-G.K-12.3, NSS-G.k-12.6, NSS-USH.5-12.1
This two-part program may be scheduled sequentially, or independently. Both programs offer a follow-up activity and short post program visit.
Mapping the Bay
Four hundred years ago, in the summer of 1608, Captain John Smith led two expeditions to explore the Chesapeake Bay. Working with excerpts from Smith’s journals and his famous map, students explore the Chesapeake as Captain Smith saw it. They learn to “read” the clues in the map about the landscape and the Native peoples Smith encountered.
Identifying and Using Natural Resources in the Colonial Era
Using artifacts from the period and John White’s illustrations of Native Americans, students identify natural resources that John Smith discovered on his voyage of discovery in the Chesapeake Bay 400 years ago. John White’s paintings provide a wealth of information about the Native Americans Smith encountered. Students learn to “read” the clues and draw conclusions about how natural resources helped shape colonial life in early America.
Clues From the Past: What the Fossils Tell Us
National Standard: NS.K-4.4D, NS.5-8.4
Description: In this science program, students explore how fossils are formed, the different kinds of fossils, and what fossils can tell us about life in the prehistoric past. By hearing from our paleontologist and talking with docents preparing fossils in the preparation lab, students gain a better understanding of these clues to the past. They will also meet Megalodon, the largest marine predator that ever lived. Using fossilized teeth, bones, and other clues from the past, the students piece together what the climate was like in the Miocene Epoch and what might have contributed to the extinction of Megalodon.
Estuary: Life on the Edge
National Standards: NS.K-4.3, NS.5-8.3
Description: This program is located in the museum’s Discovery Room, at our touch tank. The students explore the diversity of an estuary, the importance of the water cycle and the food web, while taking a close up look at some of the animals that live in these amazing ecosystems. The students explore how terrapins, horseshoe crabs, fiddler crabs, sea stars, and other animals have adapted to their estuarine environment, and how these adaptations help the animals stay alive.
The Ecology of a Tidal Marsh
Description: Students will explore why marshes are ecologically important. They will learn how conditions in the marsh change during low and high tides and how animals living there adapt to these changes.
National Standards: NS.K-4.3, NS. 5-8.3
Lighthouses: Form and Function
Grades: 3-5; also ideal for libraries or senior citizens
National Standards: NS.K4.6, NSS-G.K-12
Description: Lighthouses have been in use for centuries and were built on coasts around the world in different shapes and sizes, depending on the purpose and location. By learning about these styles and their geographic areas, students develop an understanding of the historical importance of lighthouses for navigation.