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The Educational Resource Center has artifacts and related resources available for loan to central Illinois educators. Resources are available on a first come, first served basis. Loans of longer than two weeks must be preapproved. A returnable $10 deposit is required at the time of the loan. All artifact reservations must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance.

Artifacts may be borrowed individually, in geographic- or theme-related groupings chosen by the educator, or in prepared learning modules called Building Blocks.

For more information, call (217) 244-3355 or email Kim Sheahan at ksheahan@illinois.edu.

Prepared Building Blocks

A Tapestry of Stories

Description:

From Rumpelstiltzkin to The Spider Weaver, folktales are filled with stories of spinning, weaving, and the wonders of cloth. This Building Block combines lessons on cloth (fibers, techniques, decoration) with related stories from around the world. It is recommended that rental of this Building Block be combined with the Oral Traditions program A Tapestry of Stories at the Museum.

Grade level:
grades K-4

Luxurious Layers

Description:

Learn about the artistry and form of the kimono, the traditional Japanese costume. Artifacts in this module include three children's kimonos, books, numerous accessories, and a video of a kimono dressing demonstration. Activities include making a miniature paper kimono and playing a game based on the designs of Japanese family crests.

Grade level:
grades K-6

Ancient Egypt Teaching Materials

Description:

Thanks to generous support from Illinois' Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, a federally funded Title VI National Resource Center, we are pleased to offer a collection of fascinating resources for teaching about Ancient Egypt, including books, DVDs, games, and replica artifacts.

Grade level:
grades K-12

A Day in the Life

Description:

Imagine touring around your town for a day. People are walking, biking, or driving from one place to another. Where are they going? Homes, offices, and schools are filled with busy people. What are they doing? In this Building Block, students will compare artifacts that show daily life in other parts of the world, then create their won record of A Day in the Life through a variety of media.

Grade level:
grades K-4

Ancient Greek Coins

Description:

The symbolism displayed on coinage is a window into the beliefs and values of the people who use them. See the unity and individuality of ancient Greek cities in a concrete way.

Grade level:
grades 5-12

Funding Information

The Resource Center was made possible by the generosity of the World Heritage Museum Guild. The Museum appreciates the Guild's continuing support.