The Teacher Resource Center (TRC) provides kits of materials for loan to teachers and other educators. Kits may contain specimens, books, audio-visual materials, and activities suitable for classroom learning. They are designed for children in grades K–8.

Please call us at 617-973-6590 or email us at trc@neaq.org to reserve or check the availability of these kits!

Kits available for loan from the Teacher Resource Center

Amphibians

Amphibian Alert (conservation on amphibians)
Bullfrogs, Snails and Turtle Tails (compares turtles and frogs)
Frogs (background information, books, curriculum, and toys)

Birds

Birds of the Sea and Shore
Penguins (background information, curriculum, and hands-on activities to model the topic)

Classification

Shape of Life (background information on marine classification with specimens and activities)
Shells (background information, books, curriculum, and local New England shells)

Climate Change

Alternative Energy Kits (Wind, Solar, Fuel Cell)
Climate Change Backpack (curriculum and hands-on activities)
Energy Conservation (demonstration materials)

Endangered Species

Biodiversity
SCUTES (Sturgeon conservation kit from NOAA)
Suitcase for Survival (endangered animal parts trade)

Fish

Fish (background information, books, curriculum, and model fish)
Fish Form and Function (background information, books, curriculum, and model fish)
SCUTES (Sturgeon conservation kit from NOAA)
Sea Horse (background information, books, and specimens)
Sharks (background information, books, curriculum, and shark jaws, fossil teeth, and skin)

Fresh Water

Everglades
Pond (for young children: puzzles, toys, and games)
Rainforest (background information, curriculum, and hands-on activities to model the topic)
Slice of Pond (everything needed to go ponding)
Stream Ecology (water quality macro-invertebrate bio-assay gear)
Trout Stream Ecosystem (background information, books, curriculum, and artifacts)

Habitat/Ecosystem

Coral Reef (background information, books, curriculum, and coral samples)
Deep Sea (background information, books, curriculum, and tubeworm specimens)
GEMS Ocean Science Sequence 3-5 (Delta Education/Carolina Curriculum)
New England Shores (biofacts and local resources)
Open Oceans (background information, video, curriculum, and hands-on activities)
Tidepool (background information, books, curriculum, and shells/”tests”)
Tidepool Tools Kit (field equipment for tidepooling)

Language Arts and Scientific Writing

Closer Look (observation-based science and language arts)

Mammals

Beaver (artifacts, story tape, puppet, and book)
Dolphins (background information, books, curriculum, and dolphin artifacts)
Manatee (background information, books, video, curriculum, and puppet)
Sea Otter Biologist (focus on women in science)
Seals (background information, books, curriculum, and toy)
Seals and Sea Lions (background information, books, and curriculum)
Seal Pup Grows up (book and seal stuffed (toy) animal)
Skulls and Bones (wide assortment of small mammal and bird skulls)
Whale (very popular bones, baleen, solid curriculum, and all materials)
Whales Wonders of Learning (beginner readers and artifacts)

Marine Invertebrates

Horseshoe Crab (background information, books, shell)
Jellies (background information, books, video, curriculum, and artifacts)
Lobster (artifacts, story tape, puppet, and book)
Stars of the Sea (all about seastars)

Reptiles

Reptile (multiple readers and worksheet activities)
Sea Turtles (background information, books, curriculum, and taxidermied specimen)
Turtles (background information, books, curriculum, and turtle shell)

Water

Just Add Water (properties of water)
Water cycle (5 sets simple 2-liter soda bottle apparatus)
Watershed to Bay (elaborate hands-on curriculum with all materials)

This list is available as a PDF for download (147KB). To check kit availability, reserve a kit or obtain more information, please call us at 617-973-6590 or email  trc@neaq.org.

*Please note, kit topics and resources are subject to change. This list was last updated March 2014.