Hello, teachers! Welcome to the Adler Planetarium Educator Hub. If you’re looking for everything you need to get your students inspired, curious, and confident about exploring our universe, you’ve come to the right place! Browse our online resources by grade level, learn about our virtual and in-person field trip options, and get ready to transport your students to the farthest reaches of their imagination.
Adler educational programs combine open exploration with guided activities to spark wonder and joy in kids of all ages. We also make space science accessible and fun. We use astronomy and space science to show young people how science works, spark curiosity and creativity, share the human stories behind scientific discoveries, and give students the confidence to make discoveries on their own.
Field Trips at the Adler
Field trips at the Adler are fun, out-of-this-world learning experiences available in-person and virtually!
In-Museum Field Trips
With two domed theaters, a selection of staff-facilitated activities, and 60,000 square feet of exhibitions, the Adler invites guests to become scientists, engineers, astronauts, and creative problem solvers. Customize your group’s trip to make every visit unique! Please note that in-museum field trips are currently postponed until further notice while the museum is closed.Explore in-building field trips at the Adler
Virtual Field Trips
You don’t need to pack up the class, load the bus (and the lunches), and find a chaperone for a stellar experience with the Adler! Experience the best of the Adler from your own classroom using a laptop or tablet and an internet connection.Explore virtual field trips at the Adler
Digital Teacher Resources
Looking for materials to supplement your classroom curriculum? Browse our curated online catalog and bring the universe to your students. Activities are labeled with suggested grade level, curriculum standards, and estimated length for your convenience.Explore Elementary School Resources Explore Middle School Resources Explore High School Resources
Create Your Star Story
When you look up at the night sky, what do you see? The Adler’s star story activity challenges you to create your own constellation using materials found in your home.
Sky Observers Hangout: The Summer Sky
🌞 Let’s get ready for warm nights of stargazing under the summer sky! With our astronomy educators, you will learn how to find the planets Jupiter and Saturn in the evening sky, and locate a few bright summer stars and constellations—including a starry dolphin. 🐬 This episode of Sky Observers Hangout also highlights resources to help you see satellites with your eyes or binoculars.
Solar and Lunar Eclipses Explained
There are several topics in astronomy that get lots of people excited: naked-eye visible comets, bright planets, auroras…but eclipses are generally at the top of the observing list for many of us. We love seeing the Sun or Moon look different from how they normally appear. This spring, we’ve got a partial lunar eclipse on May 26th, 2021 and a partial solar eclipse (as seen from the Chicago area) on June 10th, 2021 that you may want to set an alarm for, and get up early to spot.
Virtual Field Trips
Looking for a pandemic-safe experience that’s more than just a video chat? Too far away to bus your class to the museum? Visit the Adler Planetarium virtually!
Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to the Adler’s digital space exclusively for teachers. It is your go-to spot for awesome space content and information, organized by grade level. Our aim is to save you time and provide you with the resources and information you need when you need it.
All the museum’s online educational resources—including lesson plans, activities, interactives, and media—are available on our resource pages, which are organized by grade level. Whenever possible, we include science standards, length of time an activity should take, media types, and short learning descriptions.
Sign up for our monthly events newsletter where we share all of our new online and in person events or subscribe to Adler’s weekly newsletter “Space from Home” where you can find out about all types of fun activities, events, and space news. You can also indicate your preferences to receive exclusive emails just for our Educator friends. We also highlight new or relevant educator resources on each of our grade level pages.
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