Learning Resources

Download our resources and educator guides to bring more fun to science learning at the Museum, in the classroom or at home.



  • Evolving Planet Period Overview - Part 2

    Evolving Planet Period Overview - Part 2. Travel back through time to learn how evolution has created the mosaic of life on Earth.  You can learn more about this exhibition on the Evolving Planet microsite.

  • From Water to Land High School Guide

    Learn from a Field Museum scientist about her job as a taxonomist of liverworts and how citizen science is helping her and scientists around the world to make advancements in their field like never before.

  • From Water to Land Middle School Curriculum

    Learn more about Microplants and biological hierarchy in this Educator Guide.

  • Grainger Hall of Gems Educator Guide

    Explore the natural beauty of Earth’s gems and witness their magical transformation from rough specimens, to stunning stones, to spectacular jewelry.

  • Plants of the World Educator Guide

    Plants of the World Educator Guide. Explore The Field Museum's world-famous models of plants, from algae to orchids, to learn more about the biodiversity, evolution and cultural significance of plants. 

  • SUE Educator Guide

    SUE Educator Guide. No dinosaur in the world compares to SUE—the largest, most complete, and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered.  You can learn more about this exhibition on the T.rex Named SUE microsite.

  • Systems Biology

    Explore the Systems Biology learning resources for grades 9-12:

  • Teaching Systems Biology and Genetics Through Inquiry

    Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History and the University of Chicago’s Chicago Center for Systems Biology have been collaborating to advance the teaching of systems biology and genetics since 2008. Over the past five years, museum educators and leading scientists delivered science camps and professional development programs to Chicago-area teachers and students. Annually, during the Systems Biology and Genetics Teacher Institute, high school biology teachers explored cutting-edge research, toured labs with scientists, and examined how a systems biology perspective can connect students with science in meaningful ways. In the process, participating teachers developed and tested a series of lesson plans designed to bring the science of these premier research institutions—Field Museum of Natural History, University of Chicago’s Center for Systems Biology, and Northwestern University—straight to the classroom. In addition, the project team developed video shorts that correspond to each lesson plan designed to connect students to the personal stories and research of featured scientists.  

  • The Ancient Americas Educator Guide

    The Ancient Americas Educator Guide (also available in Spanish below). Follow the epic tale of the peoples in the Americas. This guide also includes an introductory section on Learning and Teaching about Indigenous Cultures.  For more information about this exhibition, visit The Ancient Americas microsite.

  • Water Calculator

    Find tips and tricks on how to reduce your water footprint as well as information on the water-related research that Field Museum scientists perform.