Learn from Home

Learn from Home

Remote Learning Resources for Families and Teachers

Meijer Gardens is working hard to provide engaging, rich and relevant remote learning resources during this unprecedented time. Explore this page to find video resources and suggested activities for learning from home - whether you’re a parent searching for tools to keep kids engaged in learning and discovery or a teacher working to educate your students virtually.

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Science Resources

Butterfly Basics: Life Cycle

Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet? How much does a monarch caterpillar grow in 2 weeks? Learn fascinating factoids about each stage of a butterfly’s life cycle, insect anatomy, camouflage and other amazing defensive and adaptation strategies. Then try creating your own life cycle model with materials you have at home!

Suggested Age Range: K-3rd

Curriculum Connections:

Michigan Next Generation Science Standards:
• 1-LS3-1 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
• 1-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Common Core ELA Literacy Standard:
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3

Michigan Merit Curriculum: Standards for Visual Arts:
• Create: Standard 2: Apply skills and knowledge to create in the arts

View and download the Butterfly Basics: Life Cycle lesson here.

 

Butterfly Basics:  Observe Like a Scientist

Practice observing like a scientist by watching butterflies fly and feed. Look carefully and record your observations about butterflies’ bodies and behaviors.

Suggested Age Range: K-8th

Curriculum Connections:

Michigan Next Generation Science Standards:
• 1-LS3-1 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
• 3-LS4-2 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

Michigan K-12 Standards Mathematics
• K-3: Reason with shapes and their attributes

Michigan Merit Curriculum: Standards for Visual Arts:
• Create: Standard 2: Apply skills and knowledge to create in the arts

View and download the Butterfly Basics: Observe Like a Scientist lesson here.

 

Biomes and Adaptations

Take a walk through our Arid Garden and compare differences between a desert biome and Michigan’s temperate forest biome. Ponder why cacti have spines and how plants in the desert have adapted to survive in their environment.

Suggested Age Range: 2nd-5th

Curriculum Connections:

Michigan Next Generation Science Standard:
• 3-LS4-3 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

Common Core ELA Literacy Standard:
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.3

View and download the Biomes and Adaptations lesson here.

 

Flower Power! – “Putricia” the Corpse Flower

On July 11, 2018 our titan arum, or corpse flower, bloomed for the first time since we received the plant as a seedling in August of 2000! Thousands of people came out to see the magnificent bloom that our horticulture staff lovingly named "Putricia." Explore the resources below to answer the questions and complete the activities.

Suggested Age Range: 3rd-8th

Curriculum Connections:

Michigan Next Generation Science Standard:
• 2-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

Common Core ELA Literacy Standard:
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7

Michigan Merit Curriculum: Standards for Visual Arts:
• Create: Standard 2: Apply skills and knowledge to create in the arts

View and download the Flower Power! lesson here.

 

Wonder Journal - Things that Grow

Next Generation Science Standards:

Cross-Cutting Concepts:

  • Cause and Effect

Science and Engineering Practices: 

  • Asking Questions and Defining Problems
  • Planning and Carrying out Investigations
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Data
  • Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Standards that Directly Align with Content: 

  • 3-LS3-2 - Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment. 
  • MS-LS1-5 - Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms. 

Michigan Merit Curriculum: Standards for Visual Arts:

  • Standard 2: Apply skills and knowledge to create in the arts.
  • Standard 3: Analyze, describe, and evaluate works of art.
  • Standard 5: Recognize, analyze, and describe connections among the arts; between the arts and other disciplines; between the arts and everyday life.

View and download the Things That Grow lesson here.

 

Wonder Journal - Forest Floor

Next Generation Science Standards:

Science and Engineering Practices: 

  • Asking Questions and Defining Problems

Michigan Merit Curriculum: Standards for Visual Arts:

  • Standard 2: Apply skills and knowledge to create in the arts.
  • Standard 3: Analyze, describe, and evaluate works of art.
  • Standard 5: Recognize, analyze, and describe connections among the arts; between the arts and other disciplines; between the arts and everyday life.

View and download the Forest Floor lesson here.

Arts Resources

Masterpiece Dress Up*

Suggested Age Range: Upper Elementary and Middle School

Access lesson plan here.

*This lesson plan was created and generously shared by Sarah Fitzpatrick, one of the dedicated educators who serves on the Meijer Gardens Teacher Advisory Committee

 

Environmental Art*

Suggested Age Range: Upper Elementary and Middle School

View and download the Environmental Art lesson here

*This lesson plan was created and generously shared by Sarah Fitzpatrick, one of the dedicated educators who serves on the Meijer Gardens Teacher Advisory Committee

 

Conversations in Sculpture: Story

Reflect on how artists represent human stories by exploring Number 26 and Number 25 by Hanneke Beaumont. Use the figures in this sculpture to inspire a story of your own.

Suggested Age Range: 3rd-12th

Curriculum Connections:

Common Core ELA Literacy Standards:
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.12.3

Michigan Merit Curriculum: Standards for Visual Arts:

Create: Standard 2: Apply skills and knowledge to create in the arts
Analyze: Standard 3: Analyze, describe, and evaluate works of art

View and download the Conversations in Sculpture: Story lesson here.

 

Conversations in Sculpture: Communication

Reflect on how artists represent emotion and communication by exploring two sculptures, I, you, she or he... by Jaume Plensa and Introspective by Sophie Ryder. Apply what you’ve learned to take an emotive selfie that communicates something to the viewer.

Suggested Age Range: Middle-High School

Curriculum Connections:

Common Core ELA Literacy Standards:
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.1
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.12.1

Michigan Merit Curriculum: Standards for Visual Arts:
• Create: Standard 2: Apply skills and knowledge to create in the arts.
• Analyze: Standard 3: Analyze, describe, and evaluate works of art.
• Analyze and Make Connections: Standard 5: Recognize, analyze, and describe connections among the arts; between the arts and other disciplines;      between the arts and everyday life.

View and download the Conversations in Sculpture: Communication lesson here.