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Gallery Investigations Grades 2-12

Led by our Museum-trained docents, students are guided through a specific gallery. Lots of hands-on and time for many questions. 

Available October—May
Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 
Fee: $7/student; $9/additional chaperones (required chaperones at no charge; 1:8 Pre-K-8th grade or 1:12 9th-12th)
Times: 10 AM or 11 AM Group size: 32 students maximum per session
Group size: 25 students maximum 

 

HABITATS OF SAN DIEGO - Grades 2—6

San Diego County has more biodiversity than almost any other place in our country. Students view the varied habitats of the seacoast, valleys and mesas, mountains, and desert. Students will also observe a live snake and discuss the adaptations necessary for its survival.

California State Standards
Grade 2 Science, Life; 2c Plants and animals have predictable life cycles.
Grade 3 Life Science; 3b Adaptations in physical structure or behavior may improve an organism’s chance for survival. 
Grade 4 Life Science; 3 All organisms need energy and matter to live and grow. Living organisms depend on one another and on their environment for survival. 
Grade 6 Earth Science; 1a–f Plate tectonics account for important features of Earth's surface and major geologic events. 
Grade 6 Ecology; 5c Organisms in ecosystems exchange energy and nutrients among themselves and with the environment.

 

EXPLORE FOSSIL MYSTERIES - Grades 3—12

San Diego County has a fascinating history with fossils from 75 million years ago on display at the Museum. Students tour seven epochs with a Docent and ponder the evidence for past climates, environments, and extinctions. Familiar and bizarre animals are encountered from San Diego and Baja California.

California State Standards
Grade 3 Science, Life; 3 Adaptations in physical structure or behavior may improve an organism’s chance for survival. 
Grade 4 Science, Life; 3 All organisms need energy and matter to live and grow. Living organisms depend on one another and on their environment for survival. 
Grade 6 Earth Science; 1a–f Plate tectonics accounts for important features of Earth's surface and major geologic events.
Grade 6 Ecology; 5c Organisms in ecosystems exchange energy and nutrients among themselves and with the environment.
Grade 7 Life Science, Evolution; 3.1, 3.5 Biological evolution accounts for the diversity of species developed through gradual processes over many generations. 
Grades 9–12 Biology, Life Science, Evolution; 8 Evolution is the result of genetic changes that occur in constantly changing environments. 
Grades 9–12 Earth Science, Dynamic Earth Process; 3 Plate tectonics operating over geologic time have changed the patterns of land, sea, and mountains on Earth's surface.

 

WATER - Grades 2—6

Water is life; life is water. Students will learn how plants and animals of San Diego County adapt to their specific habitat. Water conservation, where we get our water, how we use our water, and where our water goes will be included.

California Science Standards
Grade 2 Science, Life; 2c Plants and animals have predictable life cycles.
Grade 3 Life Science; 3b Adaptations in physical structure or behavior may improve an organism’s chance for survival. 
Grade 4 Life Science; 3 All organisms need energy and matter to live and grow. Living organisms depend on one another and on their environment for survival.  
Grade 6 Ecology; 5c Organisms in ecosystems exchange energy and nutrients among themselves and with the environment.