Teacher Resources: Prop Boxes
Audubon Teaching Kits Enhance Classroom Learning
Teachers are welcome to rent Audubon teaching kits, also known as prop boxes, to enhance classroom learning. Kits include suggestions for hands-on activities, curriculum, DVDs, posters, props, nature biofacts, books and more!
Contact: Tracey Hall
Audubon Education Coordinator
- Rental fee: $10 per week for each prop box.
- A $30 deposit is required per box, which will be refunded after the kit is returned and inventoried.
- A maximum of two prop boxes can be rented at one time.
- Boxes may be rented for up to four weeks.
- Educators may renew the rental period if more time is needed.
Seven Nature Themes Available
Click each theme for details!
A Bug's Life
Information and Curriculum Materials: It’s a Bug’s Life Curriculum Guide; URI Cooperative Extension’s Bug Basics; Ranger Rick’s NatureScope - Incredible Insects.
Student Literature: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl; What is an Insect? by Susan Canizares.
Audio-Visual: Microcosmos DVD.
Activities: Catch a Color butterfly game; Know Mosquitoes board game.
Biofacts: butterfly & moth mounts, insect galls, cicadas.
Additional Materials: assortment of plastic arthropods, life cycle of a butterfly poster, ladybug poster… and more!
Information & Curriculum Materials: habitats folder, Golden Guide – Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians Field Guide.
Audio/Visual: Scholastic’s Animal Genius CD-ROM.
Activities: Food Web, Who Am I?, conservation chart wetland metaphor.
Biofacts: woodpecker hole, skunk pelt.
Additional Materials: Habitat Needs picture and vocabulary cards, Habitats pictures & vocabulary cards… and more!
Information and Curriculum Materials: Ranger Rick’s NatureScope – Incredible Insects, The Bug Book by Robin Bernard.
Student Literature: Insect World: A Child’s First Library of Learning, Look Closer by Brian and Rebecca Wildsmith.
Audio/Visual: Eyewitness Insects DVD.
Biofacts: bald-faced hornet’s nest, insects such as a beetle, butterfly, dragonfly, damselfly, cicada and wasps.
Additional Materials: insects and spiders floor puzzle, caterpillar/butterfly puppet… and more!
Information & Curriculum Materials: The Seaside Naturalist Study Guide for the Seashore; Once Upon a Seashore Curriculum Guide for K-6; Peterson First Guides: Seashores; Peterson First Guides: Shells.
Student Literature: Eyewitness Books: Seashore, In One Tidepool - Crabs, Snails and Salty Tails by Anthony Fredericks; The Atlantic
Ocean by Anne Ylvisaker.
Audio/Visual: Life on a Rocky Shore CD-ROM; Eyewitness – Ocean DVD.
Activities: Ocean Animals Clue game, seashore creatures X-rays, and picture cards.
Biofacts: variety of marine organisms including sun star, sea star, and sea urchin.
Additional Materials: crab puppet, octopus puppet, plastic stingray…and more!
Information and Curriculum Materials: Urban Ecology Curriculum Guide; Urban Ecology Curriculum Activities and Materials folder.
Field Guides: Petersen’s First Guide to Urban Wildlife by Sarah B. Landry; Urban Wildlife – An Introduction to Familiar Species by Kavanagh/Leung.
Student Literature: Take a City Nature Walk by Jane Kirkland; Urban Roosts by Barbara Bash.
Audio/Visual: DVD: Nature Raptor Force; Celebrate Urban Birds CD.
Activities: nature bingo cards, northern forest mammal tracker cards, great leaf scavenger hunt cards.
Biofacts: cat skull, deer skull, Peregrine Falcon egg replica, pigeon skull, and more.
Additional Materials: nest photos, urban bird poster, magnifying lenses... and more!
RI Naturally - Birdlife
Information and Curriculum Materials: RI Naturally Birdlife Information and Curriculum Guide; Field Guide to the Birds East of the Rockies; Landscaping for Birds and Attracting Birds to Your Backyard; Hands on Nature: Introducing Birds by Pamela Hickman.
Audio/Visual: Eyewitness Birds DVD; The Backyard Birdsong Guide: A Guide to Listening by Donald Kroodsman.
Activities and Biofacts: National Wildlife Federation education kits, laminated bird pictures, laminated Audubon Alliance Bird Identifier; bag of goose down feathers, eight bird bands, a bird bone.
Additional Materials: posters…and more!
RI Naturally - Mammals
Information and Curriculum Materials: Mammals of Southern New England; RI Naturally – Mammals; Discovering Marine
Audio/Visual: Eyewitness Mammals DVD.
Biofacts: coyote skull, beaver claw, sperm whale tooth, woodchuck skull, coyote claw, human maxilla, opossum skull.
Track Replicas: fox, beaver, bobcat, black bear, opossum, rabbit, skunk… and more!
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