Mastodons: An Ice Age Experience
1st/2nd Grade (1 hour) $1/student
Explore Michigan’s Ice Age
habitat and learn how mastodons adapted to their harsh environment. Students will enjoy a story about a mastodon, and
discuss the parts of the story while comparing and contrasting mastodons with their wooly mammoth and elephant cousins.
They will study mammoth and mastodon teeth and discuss why they are different, and create a ‘toothy’ take
home project. Students also practice teamwork and motor skills as they put together a giant 3-D mastodon puzzle.
Communities...Block by Block
Grade (90 minutes) $1/student
What key industries brought individuals into
Bay County? What role does local government play in the community? What services are needed by a community?
Have those needs changed over time?
These questions and more will be addressed during
their visit to City Hall. Students will experience three learning stations: In the City Commission Chambers students will
learn about City government. In the next station they will use teamwork and a blank map and buildings to create their own
community and discuss what services are needed by a community.* The third station allows students a trip up to the clock
tower to get a bird’s eye view of the community. Discussion in this area includes landmarks and a search for city services.
*A choice of a writing activity may be substituted for the map activity.
Note: This program takes place at City Hall located next to the museum.
13 Moons on Turtle’s Back
(90 minutes) $2/student
Americans that lived in our region, the Ojibwa, depended on a specific set of natural resources in the environment to survive.
In the past they used the cycle of the moon as a tool not only to keep track of the seasons, but also to know what foods were
available and what jobs must be done to make the most of the natural resources available to them. Through discussion
and hands-on items this program will teach students what life was like throughout the year for the Ojibwa, how they kept track
of the moon and how they used it to help them obtain the natural resources they needed. Students will also create
a leather turtle necklace that glows in the dark.
4th Grade (90
minutes ) $1/student
back to the days when lumber was king to discover just how hundreds of acres of untouched forest became a center for
commerce and one of the most important lumber-producing cities of the region. The lumbering industry in Bay City not
only brought capital and prosperity, but population and economic growth that lasted long beyond the last stands of hardwood.
Students will learn about economics and community growth and participate in a quiz and “race to the mill” game
based on life in a lumber camp.
6th-7th Grades (1
hour ) $1.00 per student
is history? We learn about history through many different resources. Primary resources are considered
the building blocks of one's research. Through various examples and activities, this program will define what are primary
resources, and how valuable they become when studying and reporting history. Secondary resources are also inclued
in the discussion. There are two versions of this program:
on the Road Version: Examples of source types will be brought to the classroom to show the students.
Museum Version: Students will enjoy a timeline-based journey through our
Trails Through Time gallery. Docents will explain the types of resources as they pertain to different stops in the