Professional Development for Teachers
Teachers of classes participating in Mobile Museum programs are required to attend an in-service training in advance of the visit. This orientation to the program is intended to provide teachers with tools to prepare students for the program, as well as to review logistics and key details. Participating teachers receive a packet of resources, including pre- and post-visit lessons.
Earthmobile schools scheduled from January-April 2013–and thus scheduled to receive bus transportation to send students on a follow-up visit to the Museum–are requested to send teacher representatives to a professional development workshop at the museum in advance of their program. These 3-hour programs will be held at the museum on Saturday mornings. Teachers will have several dates from which to choose. (January 5, February 9 and March 9 - please choose a Saturday session that occurs BEFORE the Earthmobile is at your school). Please select one date of the three options.
This programs will include refreshments, a preview of the Earthmobile, exclusive guided tours of the museum, and lesson demonstrations on teaching with hands-on objects and primary sources.
Please park in the Museum's Car Park, located off Bill Robertson Lane. Parking will be provided, please let the attendant know that you are attending the Earthmobile Orientation. If this is your first time at the Museum, please plan to arrive early to check in at the Staff Entrance (Look for signs). Early birds get the freshest coffee! Lunch will be provided to all participants who RSVP. Teachers may get documentation for Professional Development hours upon request
NHM Mobile Museums team
Bring the Museum to you!
Mobile Museums are unique educational spaces situated in modified tractor-trailers that simulate scientific research environments.
These programs are FREE and available to LAUSD elementary schools thanks to the generosity of The Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation.
For grades 3-5
Working as archaeologists, students piece together clues from the past to understand the Chumash peoples of California. Students excavate and analyze replicas of artifacts based on real data from archaeological sites in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties to draw conclusions about daily life. By interpreting and contextualizing material culture, students learn that the Chumash peoples of the past were a complex society thriving in Southern California, a land rich in natural resources.