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Digital Resource Bundles

The Morton Arboretum has developed free digital resources for you to download by request. They are divided by grade-level and all activities are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and, in some cases, Common Core State Standards as well. These bundles include our virtual Escape Rooms and are aligned with our current field trip offerings. To get a grade-level bundle, fill out the registration form below. Please note that It can take up to seven days to process a registration form. We request one registration form per grade level bundle requested.

REGISTER NOW for one of our grade-level digital resource bundles, including our Escape Rooms!

 

SUMMER 2020 LEARNING BUNDLES

Plant Profiles - Use Facebook profiles to take a closer look at how the white oak, Saguaro cactus, daffodils, Douglas fir, and big bluestem grasses are adapted to survive in their habitats. This bundle includes 5 Facebook profiles, 1 questionnaire for students on each plant, 1 teacher answer key, and a teacher guide aligned to both Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards. This is just one of the many free resources included in our Plant Adaptations Teacher Checkout Bin (see "Discovery Bins" section below).
 
Seeds & Growth in Different Habitats - This 1st/2nd grade downloadable bundle is full of resources for teachers to use with their students to understand the structure of seeds, and the life cycle, examining different adaptations in different habitats. An outdoor scavenger hunt, a picture sort, a STEM project, and a seed dissection are just some of the resources inside! All items are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards & Common Core State Standards. Request this free downloadable bundle here.

 

New Escape Rooms

Explore the Children's Garden! Escape Room - This 3rd/4th grade digital escape room uses Google Forms to let students tour parts of the Arboretum while exploring the life cycles and adaptations of plants and animals. It is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards. Request a downloadable bundle to get access to teacher answer keys, a teacher guide, and printable resources.
 
Get to Lake Marmo! Escape Room - This 5th/6th grade digital escape room uses Google Forms to have students solve riddles and collect clues while exploring energy and ecosystems by virtually visiting parts of the Arboretum. It is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards. Request a downloadable bundle to get access to teacher answer keys, a teacher guide, and printable resources.
 
Escape the Greenhouse! Escape Room - This 7th/8th grade digital escape room has students use their knowledge about the growth and reproduction of plants in order to solve clues and crack codes to escape the greenhouse after an overgrowth of plants has blocked their exit! It is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards. Request a downloadable bundle to get access to teacher answer keys, a teacher guide, and printable resources.
 
Take our Teacher Survey! We would love your feedback as to how we can help you in the classroom and beyond as educators. This survey will help us understand the needs of educators, whether or not they have attended a field trip to the Arboretum, or used any of our free resources. This questionnaire is intended to gather information on what the Arboretum can do to support teachers in science- and nature-based education.
 
 

Discovery Bins

The Morton Arboretum has developed free loan resources for teachers to check out and implement in their classroom instruction. Each bin contains materials, tools and lessons to bring the new NGSS standards alive in your classroom. Bins are organized by grade-level and are aligned with our current field trip offerings. Check out a bin, before or after your trip to extend your students' learning. These bins are available on a loaning basis and can be borrowed for up to 2 weeks at a time. 

REGISTER NOW to reserve 1 of our 9 bin types. Limitations apply.

PLEASE NOTE: Out of an abundance of caution regarding the COVID-19 virus and due to the nature of our hands-on lending resources, the IDNR and Morton Arboretum teacher checkout bins are not available to loan at this time. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and let you know as soon as possible when you are able to return or checkout these lending resources again.

View details on the attached flyer: PDF iconTeacher Check Out Bins Flyer 2020.pdf

 

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

The Morton Arboretum is a check-out site for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Biodiversity CDs and trunks on many topics such as "Illinois Invasive Species," "Illinois Wild Mammals," "Illinois Trees" and "Illinois Prairies.” You can register by clicking the "REGISTER NOW" link below.  Please contact Megan Kuhl-Horbin, Coordinator of School Programs, at 630-725-2118 for questions relating to the IDNR trunks.

REGISTER NOW to reserve one of the IDNR Resource Trunks

PLEASE NOTE: Out of an abundance of caution regarding the COVID-19 virus and due to the nature of our hands-on lending resources, the IDNR and Morton Arboretum teacher checkout bins are not available to loan at this time. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and let you know as soon as possible when you are able to return or checkout these lending resources again.

 

Sterling Morton Library

The Sterling Morton Library has many resources available to teachers. With floor-to-ceiling windows and curved, cherry-wood bookcases, it holds 28,000 nature-related books and journals.

Visit the Sterling Morton Library in person or browse through the library's collection using SWAN. LEARN MORE

Don't see what you need? Contact our Education Department at 630-725-2118.