Educator Guides

Kids on a field trip walking up the front steps of The Franklin Institute.

A trip to The Franklin Institute provides a wide variety of learning opportunities for students. The following list presents the connections between exhibits and learning standards.

  • New! Circus!

    The Art of the Brick

  • Curriculum Connections

    A visit to Your Brain allows students at all grade levels to encounter devices and activities that present concepts related to life science.

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    Download the Your Brain Exhibit Research Sheet to aid your students’ exploration of the exhibit. Add the Your Brain workshop to your field trip visit and challenge your students to think about how they think.

  • The Train Factory

    Curriculum Connections

    A visit to The Train Factory exhibit allows students at all grade levels to encounter devices and activities that present concepts related to exploration of locomotion and train construction. Physical forces, such as magnetism and steam propulsion are also presented. Students will also encounter content to illustrate how technology can help to solve problems.

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    A visit to the Changing Earth exhibit allows students at all grade levels to encounter devices and activities that present concepts related to earth science.

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    Choose from two Changing Earth Exhibit Research Sheets to aid your students’ exploration of the exhibit. Add the Stream Table: Observing Change workshop to your field trip visit and explore the topics of geological change and scientific observation. Or, add the Volcanoville: Predicting Eruptions workshop to your field trip visit and your students will explore the interactions between geological processes and human civilization.

  • Curriculum Connections

    A visit to the Amazing Machine exhibit allows students at all grade levels to encounter devices and activities that present concepts related to physical science.

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    Download the Amazing Machine Exhibit Research Sheet to aid your students’ exploration of the exhibit. Add the K'Nex Construction Challenge workshop to your field trip visit and your students will gain a deeper understanding of simple machines and engineering.

  • Curriculum Connections

    A visit to the Electricity exhibit allows students at all grade levels to encounter devices and activities that present concepts related to physical science.

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  • The Franklin Air Show

    Curriculum Connections

    A visit to The Franklin Air Show exhibit allows students at all grade levels to encounter devices and activities that present concepts related to physical science.

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  • Sir Isaac's Loft

    Curriculum Connections

    A visit to Sir Isaac's Loft allows students at all grade levels to encounter devices and activities that present concepts related to physical science.

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  • Curriculum Connections

    A visit to The Giant Heart exhibit allows students at all grade levels to encounter devices and activities that present concepts related to life science.

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  • KidScience

    Curriculum Connections

    A visit to the KidScience exhibit allows early-elementary students to encounter devices and activities that present concepts related to earth and physical science.

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  • Space Command

    Curriculum Connections

    A visit to Space Command allows students at all grade levels to encounter devices and activities that present concepts related to physical science, space science, and technology.

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    Download the Space Command Exhibit Research Sheet to aid your students’ exploration of the exhibit. Add the Spectroscopy: Colors of Light workshop to your field trip visit and your students will gain a deeper understanding of simple machines and engineering.