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If you’re studying birds in your classroom, you may want to consider renting a portable museum case from Brooklyn Children’s Museum. We have previously mentioned cases on insects and butterflies; for your study of birds, consider Land Birds of New York City.

Renting the case is like bringing a museum to your classroom. You get to borrow a suitcase full of materials from the museum and you can also schedule a customizable program here at the museum in addition.

The case encourages students to look to the skies for local birds, including a woodpecker, warbler, starling, and a robin. They can learn to build a birdhouse and listen to bird calls. The case includes a teacher’s guide, books, and audiocassette.

For more information, check out the Portable Museum website. This is a great opportunity to learn all about birds within the walls of your classroom to supplement your outdoor bird study.

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Learn all about teeth and jaws with the Evi'dents case

Brooklyn Children’s Museum offers many opportunities to bring the museum experience into your classroom. You can rent a kit from the museum (with or without an educator) to supplement the curriculum you’re teaching. Each kit comes with an educator’s guide and some amazing objects from Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s collection.

The full list of portable museum cases is available on Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s website. There, you can find information on the 32 different kits, teachers guides you can download, and information on how to order the museum experience.

Two of the most relevant cases for early childhood environmental study are:

  • Urban Naturalist (grades K-5): full of animal and plant specimens native to New York City. Look at a squirrel, examine leaves, and listen to bird calls with this kit. Click here for the full teacher’s guide to get a preview of the case.
  • Butterflies (grades PK-4): Examine 36 different butterfly specimens, see the butterfly life cycle, and learn the difference between a butterfly and a moth. Click here for the full teacher’s guide to get a preview of the case.

Teachers with older students might also be interested in Land Birds of New York or Insects.

Portable collections are a great way to get museum-quality objects inside your classroom. Which kit will you rent?

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