Adler Planetarium

Educator Resources


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.  

Field Trip Exhibit Guides

These field trip guides include suggestions for how to engage students and facilitate age-appropriate learning experiences in our exhibits. We encourage teachers to print out copies of these guides for chaperones to use with small groups during field trips to the Adler.

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Field Trip Show Guides


Educator Resources for Adler's Planetarium Shows

Download Educator Guides for Adler's planetarium shows to learn more about them and for pre- and post-activities. 

Cosmic Wonder Educator Guide
One World, One Sky: Big Birds Adventure
Earth, Moon, & Sun Educator Guide
Welcome to the Universe Educator Guide
Undiscovered Worlds Educator Guide

Online Resources



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.

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NASA Wavelength

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. 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.