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Online and At-Home Learning Resources

Online Learning and At-Home Resources is a comprehensive collection that offers support to teachers delivering instruction in online, distance, and at-home learning environments. Questions about a particular resource?

  • Virtual Classes - check out our live and on-demand virtual classes
  • Virtual Field Trips - led by educators and scientists, these videos take students on a highlights tour of the Museum's galleries
  • Museum on the Move - engage in science practices with a Museum on the Move instructor
  • Activities - ready to print or share digitally, these activities are designed for kids to learn on their own at-home
  • Video Lessons - incorporate NHMU's fun educational videos into your lessons

Virtual Classes

Research Quest LiveA student uses Research Quest on a laptop

NHMU Educators are facilitating live Research Quest investigations weekdays at 9:30 am - 10:30 am MDT until the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Each live session is followed by a thirty minute study hall where students can get help with their research and a thirty minute Q&A with scientists and other experts related to the Research Quest investigations. Although the investigations are designed for middle school students (6th-8th grade), we've had many ages from 4th grade through college enjoy the program.

Click here to learn more about Research Quest

Checkout our Research Quest Live Schedule

Research Quest On-Demand

These science classes are available 24/7. Research Quest On -Demand classes enable students to complete an investigation with the help of a professional NHMU educator. We also have recorded Q&A sessions with our scientists and other experts to help students learn more from the professional, scientific community that make our investigations possible. To access any of our On-Demand classes, please click here to learn more.

Checkout Research Quest On-Demand


Virtual Field Trips

Discover the Natural History Museum of Utah through these short gallery exploration videos. Explore and learn along side NHMU's experts and practice science skills such as observation and inquiry. Watch a single video or create your own virtual field trip experience by watching multiple videos. Videos are tied to the Utah 3-5 Science with Engineer Education (SEEd) Standards, and Utah Core Standards for Social Studies and Fine Arts.

Virtual Field Trips Welcome Page

By Exhibition:Artifacts in NHMU's First Peoples exhibit

Our Backyard
Past Worlds
Great Salt Lake
First Peoples
Land
Life
Native Voices
Nature All Around Us

At-Home Classroom Activity (All Ages): Assign specific videos that connect to classroom learning and have students fill out the student questionaire online here. Once students have completed the form they will be sent a congratulatory email and teachers will recieve a copy of their answers.


Activities

The activities below are perfect to print off or complete online for at-home learning. Instructions for teachers and students are included in each packet with topics ranging from mycology, to backyard exploration, all while enhancing scientific skills.

Nature All Around Us

Need to get outdoors for a breather? Nature is all around us and the perfect place to discover new worlds. Explore your backyard, nearby park, or even the cracks between the sidewalk to discover new and exciting pieces of the world around us. Use the lesson plans below to have your students observing things a bit closer and asking questions about the world around them!

K-2nd Grade

SEEK Activity (K-2nd Grade)

3rd-5th Grade

All Ages

Online Collections Lessons 

Many of NHMU's extensive collections are available online for scientists around the world to study - inluding your students! Use the lesson plans below to explore the online collections databases and dive into scientific research. 

Science and Engineering Practices

These activities allow students to hone their science skills, explore the world around them, and expand their curiosities.

Utah Junior Naturalist

Utah Junior Naturalist helps students to learn more about Utah's environment and enjoy the natural world. Each guide inlcudes hours of fun with short stories, puzzles, outdoor explorations, and the opportunity to receive a Utah Junior Naturalist certificate. All youths should have adult supervision, and younger students will need more adult help.

Utah Explorer Naturalist (3rd-5th grade)

Utah Watersheds Explorer Naturalist - Coming summer 2020
 

Utah Junior Naturalist (6th-8th grade)

Coming summer 2020

Utah Junior Master Naturalist (9th-12th grade)

Coming fall 2020

Students do not have to have a printed version of the booklets. They can write their answers and make their drawings on any paper that they have available. Just email in a photo of the score page (either printed or handwritten) to receive a certificate.


Video Lessons

Children work at a computer.
Children work at a computer.

Are you interested in how a paleontologist finds fossils, or want to learn more about the scientific process?  Click here to browse our selection of video lessons. 


Questions? Email us.