Spurlock Museum Educational Resource Center
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The Educational Resource Center has artifacts and related resources available for loan to central Illinois educational organizations. Artifacts may be borrowed individually, in geographic- or theme-related groupings chosen by the educator, or in prepared learning modules. Resources are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All artifact reservations must be made a minimum of 2 weeks in advance.
Contact Kim Sheahan for more information or to borrow materials.
Prepared Building Blocks
Building Blocks are theme-based loan kits that contain lesson plans and artifact information sheets in addition to loanable objects. Some also include extras, like games and crafts.
Current listing of Prepared Building Blocks
- A Tapestry of Stories (grades K through 4)
- Luxurious Layers (grades K through 6)
- Ancienty Egypt Teaching Materials (grades K through 12)
- Day in the Life: A Building Block series (grades K through 5)
An Artifact Speaks Kits
Through a University of Illinois Extension and Outreach Initiative Grant, the Museum has created a set of 6 loan kits with artifacts, activities, and videos based on the ancient civilizations studied in the 6th grade social studies curriculum, but usable by instructors in many grades and disciplines. Activities give the students hands-on experience in ancient life and emphasize the development of observation skills and the ability to see similarities among material cultures. There is no fee for the loan of these materials.
More information about this program, including videos and lesson plans, is available at the University of Illinois Extension's An Artifact Speaks website.
Teaching Collection objects may be borrowed in groupings put together by the instructor. Let Kim Sheahan know what you are looking for, and a suggested list of artifacts can be prepared.