Resources for your Classroom
The Adler has many resources for teachers to use in the classroom and during their Adler field trips. Our field trip and show guides help teachers, chaperones, or other group leaders connect our exhibitions and shows to Illinois Learning Standards.
We also offer pre- and post-activities to prepare your students for field trips to the Adler as well as continue their experience in the classroom after your trip.
Field Trip Resources
Field Trip Guides
These guide help teachers, chaperones, or other group leaders navigate age appropriate Adler galleries by pointing out engaging exhibitions and connections to Illinois Learning Standards.
Plan ahead and check out a museum map.
Download Educator Guides for Adler's planetarium shows to learn more about them and for pre- and post-activities.
Pre- and Post-Activities
These activities can help prepare your students for field trips to the Adler or to continue their experience in the classroom after your trip.
Want to use real data in your classroom? How about using one of the online Citizen Science projects built here at the Adler? Your kids can help scientists by classifying distant galaxies, exploring the sea floor, or visiting the surface of Mars.
Visit ZooTeach to browse a selection of lesson and activity ideas to help you get started using these projects in your classroom.
Galaxy Zoo Navigator
Help astronomers classify galaxies at Galaxy Zoo! By signing up for a group account using the Navigator, your students will learn about statistics by exploring data contained within their classifications. They can make histograms and scatter graphs to investigate the size, brightness, and distance of select galaxies.
NASA Wavelength is a new digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels – from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. This online database of all NASA Science Mission Directorate educational products is searchable by audience type, grade level, topic, and keyword. NASA Wavelength was developed by a team from the Space Science Laboratory and Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkley, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), and the Adler Planetarium.
Resource Kit Loan Program
A limited number of Discovery Kits are available for Chicago-area educators to borrow on loan. All kits include curriculum and all necessary materials. Contact us at email@example.com for more information on borrowing a Discovery Kit.