The museums and galleries in the Illinois State Museum system offer school and group programs tailored to their exhibits, events, and communities. To learn more about these programs, visit the "Teachers and Students" pages for the ISM in Springfield, Dickson Mounds Museum, and the in ISM Lockport Gallery. For information about grants to help defray the costs of a biodiversity-related field trip to one of our sites, please visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Website.
We also have a variety of online resources designed for K-12 teachers that span the curriculum. Follow the links below to explore these offerings.
Learn about the Archaic, Woodland, Late Prehistoric and historic eras of Native American lifeways in Illinois. Lesson plans include the topics of foodways, architecture, clothing, rituals, symbols, and games. This is the most thorough exhibit on the Web of Illinois-related Native American information. Activities are also provided for the Cub Scout and Boy Scout badges.
MuseumLink Native American Module
- Lesson Plans
- We have developed 196 lesson plans in art, history, anthropology, archaeology and the natural sciences for grades K-12.
Lessons are correlated to the Illinois Learning Standards.
- Web Exhibits
- Come visit our 23 world famous web "exhibits" such as At Home in Heartland, Geology Online, and Ice Ages. Most of the lesson plans and activities were developed to be used with these exhibits.
- Access to the ISM Collections
- The Museum has over 10 million objects in its collections, but only a small percent are on display in our exhibits. Gain access here to some of our prize objects, specimens, and works of art.
- Online Activities and Games
- We have developed 8 online activities or games that cover a wide range of topics.