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Classroom Resources


Bring the Museum of the Rockies into your classroom through an extensive Lending Library with real fossils and artifacts, unique hands-on activities and lesson plans, and current research on science and history. These resources support STEM education, Montana Content Standards and Indian Education for All, and highlight MOR’s best resources for children. Help your students learn MORE without being at MOR.

Lending Library Outreach Kits include:

  • Lesson plans and materials for hands-on learning
  • Background information for educators
  • Lists of recommended resources for parents, educators, and students
  • Checklists of applicable Montana Content Standards

Full descriptions of each Lending Library Outreach Kit can be found below. Please click on each subject area to explore kit contents, view lesson plans, and explore resources intended to enhance the curriculum.

RESERVING AN OUTREACH KIT
All trunks have a rental fee of $25 per week to support the purchase of new materials.  Scholarships are available, as this cost is not meant to prohibit schools with restricted budgets. All items are available for pick-up at MOR, or can be shipped to your school (within the state of Montana). You will be responsible for the cost of the return shipping back to MOR. Shipping rates vary depending on the weight of the item but are usually $25-$30.

RESERVE AN OUTREACH KIT OR STARLAB 

OUTREACH KITS:
Astronomy

  • Cosmic Colors
  • The Moon
  • Living in Space
  • Rockets

Paleontology Kits

Indian Education for All

  • American Indian Games Kit

Yellowstone Kits

  • Thermal Features
  • Yellowstone Forest Ecosystem
  • Yellowstone Prairie Ecosystem
  • Yellowstone Riparian & Wetland Ecosystems

 

STARLAB®
MOR has two Classic STARLAB® Systems for use by educators across the state of Montana. The STARLAB® provides an opportunity for students who cannot visit the Taylor Planetarium to experience the night sky at their school. With a variety of topics available, the STARLAB® has countless ways to tie the night sky into any classroom curriculum.

MOR’s two STARLABs® are used heavily throughout the school year. Make your reservations for this resource up to a year in advance to ensure its availability for your students. For STARLAB® curriculum and information on how these cylinders meet national standards, please visit the STARLAB® website.

The following thematic cylinders come standard with MOR’s STARLAB®:

  • Milky Way Starfield
  • Native American Constellations
  • Greek Mythology
  • Constellations

The following thematic cylinders are also available upon request:

  • Egyptian Mythology
  • African Mythology
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Solar System and Galaxy

Rental fee: $175/week or $50/day, PLUS the return shipping cost to MOR or to the next school. Shipping costs range from $80 - $180 one way. You can also arrange to pick up or drop off at MOR to avoid shipping costs and logistics.