Grade 3

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Gallery Activities

Gallery Activities use select exhibits to investigate a particular topic.

Number of Participants: 15 minimum; 25 maximum (students and adult chaperones); Duration: 45 Minutes; Fee: $60 per group

 

Dinosaur Discovery

Dinosaur Discovery

Everyone knows what a dinosaur is — or do they? How do you tell a dinosaur from other extinct and living groups of animals? Using the fossil gallery, students will discover important features of this famous group and put their skills to the test.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.A, LS4.A, LS4.D

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas

LS1.A: Structure and Function
• Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction. (4-LS1-1)

LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
• Some kinds of plants and animals that once lived on Earth are no longer found anywhere. (3-LS4-1)
• Fossils provide evidence about the types of organisms that lived long ago and also about the nature of their environments. (3-LS4-1)
• Anatomical similarities and differences between various organisms living today and between them and organisms in the fossil record, enable the reconstruction of evolutionary history and the inference of lines of evolutionary descent. (MS-LS4-2)

LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
• There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water. (2-LS4-1)

NGSS Crosscutting concepts

Patterns
• Observed patterns of forms and events guide organization and classification, and they prompt questions about relationships and the factors that influence them.

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
• In considering phenomena, it is critical to recognize what is relevant at different measures of size, time, and energy and to recognize how changes in scale, proportion, or quantity affect a system’s structure or performance. 

Structure and Function
• The way an object or living thing is shaped and its substructure determine many of its properties and functions.

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices

Analyzing and interpreting data.

Engaging in argument from evidence.

Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

 

Kansas Seas

Kansas Seas

Kansas was once covered with vast oceans. Discover how we know this and learn about some of the amazing creatures that lived in these seas.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS4.A, ESS1.C, ESS2.A, ESS2.B

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas

LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
• Some kinds of plants and animals that once lived on Earth are no longer found anywhere. (3-LS4-1)
• Fossils provide evidence about the types of organisms that lived long ago and also about the nature of their environments. (3-LS4-1)
• The collection of fossils and their placement in chronological order (e.g., through the location of the sedimentary layers in which they are found or through radioactive dating) is known as the fossil record. It documents the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of many life forms throughout the history of life on Earth. (MS-LS4-1)

ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth
• Some events happen very quickly; others occur very slowly, over a time period much longer than one can observe. (2-ESS1-1)
• Local, regional, and global patterns of rock formations reveal changes over time due to earth forces, such as earthquakes. The presence and location of certain fossil types indicate the order in which rock layers were formed. (4-ESS1-1)
• The geologic time scale interpreted from rock strata provides a way to organize Earth’s history. Analyses of rock strata and the fossil record provide only relative dates, not an absolute scale. (MS-ESS1-4)

ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
• Rainfall helps to shape the land and affects the types of living things found in a region. Water, ice, wind, living organisms, and gravity break rocks, soils, and sediments into smaller particles and move them around. (4-ESS2-1)

ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions
• Maps show where things are located. One can map the shapes and kinds of land and water in any area. (2-ESS2-2)
• Maps of ancient land and water patterns, based on investigations of rocks and fossils, make clear how Earth’s plates have moved great distances, collided, and spread apart. (MS-ESS2-3)

NGSS Crosscutting concepts
Patterns
• Observed patterns of forms and events guide organization and classification, and they prompt questions about relationships and the factors that influence them.
Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
• In considering phenomena, it is critical to recognize what is relevant at different measures of size, time, and energy and to recognize how changes in scale, proportion, or quantity affect a system’s structure or performance.
Stability and Change
• For natural and built systems alike, conditions of stability and determinants of rates of change or evolution of a system are critical elements of study.

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices
Constructing explanations.
Engaging in argument from evidence.
Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.


School Workshops

School Workshops are hands-on programs with activities that take place in the museum's education classroom.

Number of Participants: 15 minimum; 30 maximum (students); Duration: 45 Minutes; Fee: $5 per student (one adult chaperone free for every 5 students)

Fossil FunFossil Fun

This workshop is designed for younger students and provides an introduction to geological time and fossils. Hands-on activities include digging for and identifying fossils, and developing dinosaurs complete with scientific names.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.A, LS4.A, LS4.D, ESS1.C

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas
LS1.A: Structure and Function
• All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water and air. (1-LS1-1)
• Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction. (4-LS1-1)

LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
• Some kinds of plants and animals that once lived on Earth are no longer found anywhere. (3-LS4-1)
• Fossils provide evidence about the types of organisms that lived long ago and also about the nature of their environments. (3-LS4-1)

LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
• There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water. (2-LS4-1)

ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth
• Some events happen very quickly; others occur very slowly, over a time period much longer than one can observe. (2-ESS1-1)
• Local, regional, and global patterns of rock formations reveal changes over time due to earth forces, such as earthquakes. The presence and location of certain fossil types indicate the order in which rock layers were formed. (4-ESS1-1)

NGSS Crosscutting concepts

Patterns
• Observed patterns of forms and events guide organization and classification, and they prompt questions about relationships and the factors that influence them.

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
• In considering phenomena, it is critical to recognize what is relevant at different measures of size, time, and energy and to recognize how changes in scale, proportion, or quantity affect a system’s structure or performance.

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices

Engaging in argument from evidence.

Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Common Core English Language Arts Standards

Language: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
• Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.4, 2.4, 3.4, 4.4)

 

Hands-on GeologyHands-on Geology

How can you tell mica from magnetite or granite from gneiss? Students learn identification techniques in this introduction to minerals, rocks and their formation.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS1.C, ESS2.A

 

Hands-on MammalsHands-on Mammals

Explore the characteristics of mammals and their adaptations through a series of demonstrations and activities.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.A, LS4.A, LS4.C

 

DNA DiscoveryDNA Discovery

This workshop introduces DNA — what it is and how it works. Hands-on activities include DNA extraction and making DNA jewelry.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.A, LS3.A, LS3.B, LS4.A

 

Matter MattersMatters Matter

Students investigate the properties and classification of matter. Topics include the particulate nature of matter, state changes and temperature.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.A

 

How Small is SmallHow Small is Small?

Discover what the smallest things in the universe are and how small! Explore the concept of scale through giant insects, viruses and chickens.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.A
Common Core Math Domains: NBT, MD, NS