School Cases

Hands-On Nature EdKit, School Case Size showing Biodiversity specimens

Suitable for classes of 25 - 30 students, School Cases contain teacher’s notes, student activity cards, resource material, objects/artifacts, and reference material. Educators will find lesson plans and student activities to support educational goals. Cases are bilingual and weigh approximately 40 lbs unless otherwise noted. Topics are listed by subject below. Pictures show some items from within the EduKits.



Look out for our newest School Case, Dinosaur Detectives, available starting September 2015.










Arts of the Inuit

Examine artifacts from Inuit culture as your students learn how these objects were made and how they reflect traditional life in the North.

Contents: contemporary bone and soapstone carvings, a grass basket, a doll, snow goggles, miniature articles of clothing, resource folder with books, a picture folder, student activity booklets, and teacher's notes. (Junior/Intermediate)






Arts of the Northwest Coast

Students explore the distinctive designs of ceremonial and everyday objects traditionally made by the people of the Northwest Coast.

Contents: materials including a mask, fish hook, basket, horn spoon, carved fish club, miniature reproduction of a totem pole; resource folder with books and booklets, student activity cards, and teacher's notes. (Junior/Intermediate)







Tattoos to Toes

Travel to a Japanese tattoo parlour, and drop in on an ancient Egyptian party! Through the examination of a variety of artifacts and museum reproductions, students are introduced to the language and art of body decoration, across a broad spectrum of cultures and peoples.

Contents: 7 activity centres, including: scarab, Menorah ring, Byzantine cross, Thai ankle bracelet, photo cards, student activity booklets and teacher's notes. (Intermediate/Senior)





World Ceramics

Prehistoric people were the first to form clay into pots, and today ceramic products zoom into outer space NASA’s Shuttle Orbiter. Look at cultures from around the world as students consider the creation, design and function of clay objects.

Contents: 7 activity centres, including reproduced clay objects such as an Egyptian necklace, an Islamic tile, an African pot, a Mexican "Pretty Lady", clay samples and teacher's notes. (Junior/Intermediate)





World Music

Explore the science of sound, discover musical instruments from around the world, and climb the musical family tree! This diverse School Case allows students the opportunity to create musical instruments out of everyday objects and perform their own compositions. Mozart, look out!

Contents: 7 activity centres; 9 instruments including: an African drum, a Mexican vessel flute and Tibetan cymbals, a board game focusing on stringed instruments, activity cards, and teacher's notes. (Intermediate)






China: 3,000 Years of Culture

Engage your senior students in ancient Chinese culture and the fascinating arts produced by its people. Through a variety of hands-on activities, students will explore Chinese dynasties, the development of their intricate writing, ancient symbols of power, authority, protection and prosperity still used in present-day China, innovative technological creations, as well as how bronze, jade and porcelain were made and their impact on the Western world.

Contents: 6 activity centres, including: oracle bone, silkworm cocoon, porcelain and other artifacts from the ROM's collections, as well as modern replicas of an intriguing bronze figurine from Sichuan, Tang camel, silk embroideries, brick tea, photographs, a video and teacher's notes. (Senior)

The Royal Ontario Museum gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, which receives annually $100 million in government funding generated through Ontario's charity casino initiative.



Dr. Barnardo's Children

Students examine the hardships faced by orphans in London, England, and their immigration to Canada through the 1870s to 1920s under the sponsorship of Dr. Barnardo's Orphanages. Concepts such as child labour, class distinction, poverty, immigration, and displacement are discussed using a selection of written materials and archival documents. Objects in the case assist the student in reconstructing an orphan's life in England, the journey to Canada, and placement with a Canadian family.

Contents: artifacts such as a tortoise shell comb, hats, a Canadian school book, household and farm implements. (Intermediate/Senior)






Exploring Ancient Egypt

This senior level kit investigates the fascinating history of Egypt in regard to its political, cultural and economic structure. Subjects such as: religion, personal adornment, funerary customs, language and writing, art and architecture, political and social structure, as well as the rhythms of daily life and the marketplace will be examined.

Contents: 7 activity centres, including numerous artifacts from the ROM's collection, such as a shwabti, mace head, necklace, as well as several reproductions, and modern samples such as papyrus and linen, photographs, a video and teacher's notes. (Senior)

This project has been made possible in part through a contribution from the Museum Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.



Exploring Ancient Greece and Rome

As a teenager strolling down a Roman avenue, what would be on your mind? The anticipation of your upcoming marriage, dreams of success in your next chariot race, or maybe just how much olive oil to pick up at the market? Students explore the many facets of Greek and Roman society as they examine objects that help to bring these amazing civilizations to life.

Contents: 7 activity centres and objects, including reproductions of sculptures, coins and household objects from Greece and Rome, 12 material samples, photo cards, student activity booklets, and teacher's notes. (Intermediate/Senior)





Growing Up In Ancient Egypt

Introduce your students to family life in Ancient Egypt. Through text, pictures and replicated ancient artifacts, all aspects of an ancient Egyptian's life, from birth to death and beyond, are examined. Altogether 6 activity centres are included in this unit.

Contents: 8 replicated artifacts from the ROM's collection, 11 sample materials such as gold, papyrus, linen, student activity booklets, student worksheets and teacher's notes. (Junior/Intermediate)






Iroquois Beadwork

Discover many aspects of Iroquois culture by examining beaded objects made today and in the past. Students begin with their own observations and then learn the Iroquois point of view. The beaded designs and symbols on everyday and special objects reveal such information as: the Iroquois relationship to nature; beliefs and history; the organization of Iroquois society; how beadwork connects the generations, and how it affected the interactions between European and Iroquoian cultures in the past. Students may also listen to three stories — Creation, Stone Giants, and the Corn Husk Doll — as they examine the symbols on beadwork connected to these ideas.

Contents: 6 activity centres, including: traditional and contemporary beaded objects, examples of beading materials and tools, corn husk doll, photographs, compact discs containing Iroquois stories, and teacher’s notes. (Intermediate)



Medieval Europe

"Do not scratch your head... Do not sigh ... or with puffing and blowing cast foul breath upon your lord." These words of wisdom to young knights-in-training are only some of the many fascinating things your students will discover while learning about Medieval Europe. The church's role in society, castles and other homes, the feudal system, and medieval heroes and legends are other topics discussed in this light-hearted yet informative school case.

Contents: 7 activity centres, including a Medieval eating knife, floor tile and gaming piece, a selection of Medieval spices, a sample of chain mail, maps, photo cards and teacher's notes. (Junior/Intermediate)





Living in Medieval Europe

What was life really like in Medieval Europe? Senior level students using maps, artifacts, quality replicas and period raw materials to explore this question. Engaging text, and activities cover a range of topics including the manorial system, guilds, architecture, technology, trade and banking, and the Black Death - all with a focus on causality in history and its impact on societies today. Along the way they'll discover the Medieval period was not really dark and barbaric, but rather a dynamic time of change and innovation.

Contents: 7 activity centres, artifacts from ROM collections, modern replicas including a piece of armour, raw materials, and teacher's notes. (Senior)




Making Do: The Depression Years

Students learn about the hardships of the 1930s in Canada, with particular focus on Ontario and the prairie farmers' experience. Subjects explored range from daily life to the broader political and economic implications of the Depression years in Canada.

Contents: 7 activity centres, including: Depression glassware, flour sack coveralls, 1927 Eaton's catalogue, sad iron, tape cassettes of radio shows of the 1930s, reference and archival material, and teacher's notes. (Intermediate)






The General Store in Ontario

Students study objects from the general store of the 1860s. Using a hands-on approach, students learn about facets of daily life in Ontario.

Contents: reproductions of a 19th century iron, apple peeler, and butter mold; artifacts such as a skate and wooden spice jar; photographs, student activity sheets, and teacher's notes. (Junior/Intermidate/Senior)







Earth & Space Systems

Exploring Minerals

Our planet is made of rocks and minerals. But what are minerals, exactly? What distinguishes them from other materials? What kind of physical properties do they have? How can we identify and distinguish among different minerals? To answer these questions, student activity booklets include hands-on exercises that examine the topics of crystal shapes, hardness, cleavage, fracture, transparency, refraction, colour, and magnetism.

Contents: 25 mineral samples, goniometer, streak plate, magnet, compass, various metal objects, student activity booklets, and teacher's notes. (Junior/Intermediate)




Heavens Above!

Is the moon made of green cheese? Is the sky really falling? How do astronauts go to the bathroom in space? The answers to these questions are no, yes, and you'll just have to see for yourself! Discover the world of astronomy as you take a tour of our solar system, get a good look at a real meteorite, visit with astronauts on the Space Shuttle, and more!

Contents: 7 activity centres and objects, including a meteorite, globe of Mars and the Moon, Map of the Sky, a video, a sundial, photo cards, and teacher's notes. (Junior/Intermediate)





Rocks: Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary

Students gain a fundamental understanding of the three main types of rock: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. They learn to identify different kinds of these rocks and, through hands-on activities, acquire skills to detect visual clues in rocks and to interpret these clues as evidence of how the rocks were originally formed.

Contents: 24 rock samples, magnifying glasses, student activity booklets, and teacher's notes. (Junior/Intermediate)


Earth and Space Systems School Cases are generously sponsored by Vale.






Energy and Control

Energy and Electrical Safety

Energy runs the universe. Explore the many forms that energy can take and learn how we store, change, use, and lose energy, especially in our everyday lives. Among other topics, students will examine solar, water, and wind power, energy chains, electrical generation, energy conservation, and renewable vs. non-renewable energy sources. A special section on Electrical Safety raises awareness about electrical hazards in students' daily life.

Contents: 18 objects, including talking drum, amber specimen, Inuit snow goggles (replica), tin candle holder, dynamo flashlight, solar cell battery, and wire and cable samples; student activity booklets, teacher’s notes. (Junior/Intermediate)






Life Systems

Hands on Nature

Take a glimpse into the ROM’s life science collections while learning about the importance of biodiversity, both close to home and around the world. This school case, with everything from skulls to spiders, introduces the topics of biodiversity, classification, adaptation and species at risk. Active learning through observation and experimentation encourages students to become more aware of their natural surroundings.

The school case is most relevant to the Ontario Grade 6 curriculum. However, borrowers from all levels are encouraged to build their own lessons using the interactive nature of the school case as a foundation.

Contents: 5 activity centres, 25 specimens, 80 colour photo cards, and teacher’s notes. (Junior/Intermediate)




Dinosaur Detectives Coming Soon - September 2015! 

Genourously sponsored by The Slaight Family Foundation.

Contact us for more information









Mammals of Ontario

Founded on the concept of biodiversity, Mammals of Ontario explores several aspects of Ontario mammals. Students are introduced to a variety of mammals that live in this province. They will learn about the physical and behavioural adaptations to their living environments and how these adaptations help create the biodiversity that enriches our lives.

Featuring six activity centers, students are encouraged to think about biodiversity and mammal biology from a scientific point of view. The activities have been designed to help students develop their skills in observation, analysis and interpretation. Students will be able to work directly with a variety of animal specimens as well as casts of animal bones.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has supported the development of this kit as part of its efforts to help Ontarians appreciate the province’s living legacy.   






Snakes (English Only)

Students test their knowledge of snakes by answering a playful true/false quiz. Accompanying activity sheets further explore snake anatomy, evolution, movement, and defense mechanisms. This unit was produced in co-operation with the Toronto Board of Education.

Contents: specimens including snake skeleton, skin, rattlesnake rattle and skull; true/false fold-out, resource materials, student activity sheets, and teacher's notes. (Junior/Intermediate)







Structures & Mechanisms

Pulleys and Gears: Simple Machines

Pulleys and gears are all around us - we use them every day. Through engaging interdisciplinary activities, junior and intermediate students will explore these ancient technologies and discover how they have been adapted for modern use - as well as the broader context of simple machines, structures, and systems.

Contents: 6 activity centres, including a Pulley and Gears kit, modern examples of pulleys and gears, a video, instructions for classroom activities using found objects, student worksheets, and teacher's notes.(Junior/Intermediate)


This project has been made possible in part through a contribution from the Museum Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.







Social Studies

Immigration to Ontario (1900-1992): A New Home

This cross-cultural unit is one of three cases focusing on four families who came to settle in Ontario from England (1900s), Armenia (1920s), the Indian sub-continent (1960s), and Korea (1970s). Students examine objects relating to everyday home life to become acquainted with the customs, institutions, and historical backgrounds of the four families. A special board game "Destination Ontario" is included to introduce students to the concepts of immigration, cultural and racial diversity, and racism.

Contents: objects include a myelochi strainer, chapti pan, sad iron, Armenian coffee maker, student activity booklets and teacher's notes. (Junior)


Immigration to Ontario (1900-1992): New School

This unit is the second of three cases focusing on cultural diversity in Ontario. In this unit, students examine schooling for English immigrants at the turn of the century, and the schooling experiences of three families from a Korean, Armenian and East Indian background.

Contents: Game "Destination Ontario", arithmetic and grammar books, report cards, school photographs, student activity booklets and teacher's notes. (Junior)





Immigration to Ontario (1900-1992): Leisure Time

This unit is the third of three cases focusing on cultural diversity in Ontario. Using a variety of hands-on activities, students examine how four families from English, Korean, Armenian and East Indian backgrounds use their leisure time.

Contents: Game "Destination Ontario", yut game, pachisi game, a turn-of-the-century stereoscope with photographs, student activity booklets and teacher's notes. (Junior)



South Asia: 5,000 Years of Culture

South Asia is a region that includes India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Afghanistan, and The Maldives. This object-based, interactive school case explores the ancient Indus Valley civilization, images of gods and goddesses, the architecture of the Taj Mahal, cotton-dyeing techniques and more. Students learn how to read visual symbols, understand Asian religions, ask questions, generate ideas, and how to recognize traditional art forms that are still around in our everyday environments. Activities are designed for small groups and encourage discussion, debate, and idea-sharing.

Contents: 6 activity centres, 30 specimens, teacher’s notes with historical time line and student project ideas.

Sponsored by:  

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Partners in the Wilderness

Students examine the early history of the fur trade in the Ontario area. Using a selection of ROM artifacts and reproductions, the relationship between early European settlers and Native Peoples is also explored.

Contents: 7 Activity centres, objects of trade, including: beaver fur sample, canoe repair kit, Hudson's Bay Co. coin, musket ball and lead buckshot, 7 large activity cards, Shell Seeker's game, and teacher's notes. (Junior/Intermediate)






People of the Northwest Coast  (English Only)

Students study the customs, ceremonies, and artistic heritage of the traditional culture of the Northwest Coast People. From food gathering to transportation, housing to fibre technology students grow their understanding of the people and culture.

Contents: 8 artifacts including an adze, fish hooks, and a basket in individual diorama boxes; picture sets with suggestions for creative activities; student activity booklets, and teacher's notes with lesson plans. (Junior/Intermediate)






World Garments

What do medieval knights and hockey players have in common? How many km of silk can a silkworm spin? What would you look like in an ancient Egyptian dress? Answer these and other fascinating questions using a variety of objects and activities, as you explore the nature of clothing and accessories from around the world.

Contents: 7 activity centres, including: Inuit doll, surgical mask, reproduction Chinese Dragon robe and Ancient Egyptian dress, Incan pendant, etc., and photocards, student activity booklets and teacher's notes. (Junior/Intermediate)