Extended Activities


The following are individual, 30-minute programs that can be added to your exhibit tour:


Uncovering Michigan's Prehistoric Past:

Archaeological Dig
Students will dig through sand in search of artifacts like an archaeologist; record their findings like an archaeologist; and create their hypotheses about the artifacts like an archaeologist.

Breaking News: Lyuba
A complete baby mammoth was discovered in Siberia. Students will need to ask questions and organize this fascinating information to write their news article.

The Dating Game
Students will "look" at the earth's layers and decide the relative date of the objects.

Make a Trace Fossil
How are trace fossils formed? Students will simulate the process and "make" their own trace fossil.

Paleoindians' Grocery Shopping
Students will discover what hunter-gathers ate and plan a meal for a Paleoindian family as they learn about Michigan's prehistoric landscape.

Skull Comparison
Students will observe and discuss physical differences among skull casts of an Australopithecus afarensis, A Neandertal and a homo sapiens.


Michigan Through the Ages

Log Marks
Students will learn about and design their own log mark for their logging company.

Michigan in the Civil War
What was life like during the Civil War? How did people in Michigan participate in the war? Students will experience a Civil War camp and hear soldier's stories around the campfire.

Uncovering the Truth about Michigan Land Cover: A Map Activity
Students will compare two maps of Michigan from different eras and use a timeline to answer some questions about the history of Michigan.

There are more hands-on and extended activities being added periodically.


Teachers wishing to schedule a visit to the museum or schoolhouse:

NOTE: Please schedule at least two (2) weeks in advance to reserve a time slot and avoid conflicting visits. High-touch programs: $2 per student


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