The Virginia Living Museum’s Discovery Boxes are “museum-in-a-trunk” traveling curriculum modules that teachers use in their own classrooms. Discovery Boxes are designed to stimulate critical thinking and educate through excitement by involving students in active, hands-on learning. The wide variety of objects and resources makes Discovery Boxes effective learning tools for any grade level and allows teachers to customize these materials to fit their curriculum and SOL requirements.
Each topic is developed thematically and contains natural history specimens and artifacts from the Museum’s collections for hands-on use by students, as well as activities, audiovisual materials, student and teacher resource information and much more. A teacher resource packet in each box provides background information on each specimen and suggested activities for implementation into the curriculum.
Contract schools: $50 per week
Non-contract schools: $125 per week ($110 for the next consecutive week)
Automatic pick-up and delivery are included!
Funded in part by Newport News Shipbuilding.
View these photos to see how Laurie Sullivan’s classes at K. W. Barrett Elementary School in Arlington used the Natural History of Early Virginia Discovery Box.
Choose from Ten Exciting Topics
Real meteorites, tektite, earth rocks and minerals identical to those found on the Moon and Mars, spectrometers, lenses, mirrors, a Rive Ray box, AV materials, posters, scale model of the solar system, distance to the nearest star tape, comet balls, children’s books, reference materials, activity guides, resource information and more.
Be a Tree
Collections of leaves, wood, seeds and flowers; real taxidermied mounts of bat, bird, insects and other tree-associated animals; tree products, bark rubbings and petrified wood; puppets, AV materials, children’s books, reference materials, activity guides and more.
Real dinosaur bones, teeth and other fossils; Casts of dinosaur skin, eggs and skulls; dinosaur hatchling sculpture, scale models and puppets; AV materials, posters, children’s books, reference materials, activity guides and more!
Hawks to Hummingbirds
Bird skeleton, feathers, taxidermied bird mounts, fossil cast and puppets; eggs, nests and embryos; bird bands, bird feeder and bird house; student microscope, AV materials, posters, children’s books, reference materials, activity guides and more!
Insect mounts, collections, eggs and architecture; fossil insects and scale models, insect products, beekeeper hat and gloves and insect eye viewer; student microscope, AV materials, children’s books, reference materials, activity guides and more!
Natural History of Early Virginia
Natural items used by Virginia’s Native Americans and Jamestown settlers for survival, trade, food, jewelry, music and toys. Includes puppets, corn grinding mortar and pestle with corn to grind, artifacts, animal furs, bone/horn tools, feathers, jewelry, Native American crafts, skulls with skull key, AV materials, children’s books, reference materials, activity guides, resource information and more.
Real shark jaws, shark vertebrae, shark skin and fossil shark teeth; shark embryo and eggs, shark products, stingray mount, posters, puppets, student microscope, AV materials, children’s books, reference materials, activity guides and more!
Real snake skeleton, skull, taxidermied mount; collection of reptiles and amphibians, snake eggs, embryos, fossils and skins, reptile products, puppets and posters; AV materials, children’s books, reference materials, activity guides and more!
Museum specimens of insects, crystals, leaves and piranha; skins and feathers of endangered tropical bird species, rainforest products, scale models and puppets; posters, AV materials, children’s books, reference materials, activity guides and more!
Under the Bay
Museum mounts of fish, squid, skate and algae; collections of shells, crabs, corals and sea stars; scale models, posters, puppets; children’s books, reference materials and activity guides; student microscope, AV materials and more!