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Lab Explorations

Lab Explorations

The museum’s Education Department offers instructor-led science and social studies programs for groups of 15-32 students in grades pre-K-8 featuring hands-on object based learning activities.  Program content is aligned with Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Catholic Diocese of Tennessee curriculum standards. Programs are 45-60 minutes in length.

To reserve a Lab Exploration, please call 901.636.2362. 

Humpback Whales 3D: Teacher Guide

Dive Deeper! Complement your Humpback Whales 3D experience with a science lab that explores humpback whale adaptations, their ocean environment and the many ways we humans affect the marine ecosystem.  (Grades 3-8) 

Grades 3-5 »
Grades 6-8 »

Making Sense of my Senses: Grades K–2

This “please touch” class has eye-opening experiments, aromas to sniff, sounds to hear and tasty treats.  Learn how our sense organs help us explore the word and avoid danger. (Pre-K–Grade 2)

Making Sense Of My Senses

Grades PreK-2 »

I Dig Dino Fossils: Teacher Guide

Become a young paleontologist.  Excavate and examine dinosaur fossils. Compare their eggs, teeth, skulls, claws and size. Investigate the “dino” diet and touch real dinosaur eggs and bones. (Pre-K–Grade 3)

I Dig Dino Fossils
Grades PreK-3 »    

Native Americans of the Mid-South: Teacher Guide

Touch buffalo hide. Inspect spear points. Grind corn. Hear a Choctaw story. Use museum objects to experience how the first Americans lived, hunted, grew crops and played games in the Mississippi Valley. (K–Grade 5)

Native Americans of the Mid-South
Grades K-2 » 
Grades 3-5» 

On the Mid-South Frontier: Teacher Guide

Split a roof shingle. Wash clothes against a metal washboard. Observe and participate in demonstrations of skills required for survival on the Mid-South Frontier.(Grades 3–8)

On the Mid-South Frontier
Grades 3-5 »
Grades 6-8 »

African-American History Trail: Teacher Guide

Hear stories of eight African-American residents who contributed to our city’s rich culture. Follow their lives on a timeline handout.  See emancipation papers, medical instruments related to yellow fever, and the uniform of a WWI soldier as we guide you through Memphis History. (Grades 4–8)

African-American History Trail
Grades 4-8 »   

Rocks & Minerals: Teacher Guide

Conduct tests that give clues to a mineral’s identity. Examine minerals that glow in the dark. Find out how rocks are formed and why they look the way they do. Discover some surprising uses for rocks and minerals and explore how rocks are formed. Discover some surprising uses for rocks and mineral. (Grades 1–6)

Rocks and Minerals       
Grades 1-2 »
Grades 3-5 »    
Grades 6-8 »

Cell Structure & Microscopic Techniques: Teacher Guide

Take a “closer look” through the lens of a compound microscope.  View slides of plant and animal specimens. Develop observation and note-taking skills while being guided through the process of scientific investigation. (Grades 3–8)

Cell Structure and Microscope Techniques
Grades 3-5 »
Grades 6-8 »  

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