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Science Workshops Grades K-3

Taught by the Museum Education Staff, the following programs are available at stated times of the year. 

Days: Weekdays
Fee: $155 (includes General Admission to the Museum) for up to 25 students and four chaperones—additional students are $6 each and chaperones are $8 each 
Times: 10 AM–11:30 AM and noon–1:30 PM. Some flexible scheduling available.
Group size: 25 students maximum per session

 

AUTUMN HARVEST - Grades K—3

Available September—January

What does it mean to hunt and gather? Step back in time! Grind acorns, pound yucca leaves for fibers, investigate hunting strategies, and find out if your students can match the ingenuity of California’s early Kumeyaay Indians.

California Science Standards
Grade K Science, Earth; Earth is composed of land, air, water.
Grade 2 Science, Earth; Earth is made of materials that have distinct properties and provide resources for human activities.
Grade 3 History Social Studies; 3.2 Students describe the American Indian nations in their local region long ago and in the recent past.

 

CETACEAN SENSATION - Grades K—3

Available February—March

Discover the power of whale chatter and what is on the menu for our marine cousins. Compare your teeth to whale teeth. Eat like a baleen whale. Build a whale to illustrate beneficial adaptations. Put your hand in “blubber” to feel how it insulates and protects whales from cold waters.

California Science Standards
Grade K Science, Life; 2 Different types of plants and animals inhabit the Earth. 
Grade 1 Science, Life; 2d Plants and animals meet their needs in different ways. 
Grade 2 Science, Life; 2c Plants and animals have predictable life cycles. 
Grade 3 Science, Life; 3a, b, c Adaptations in physical structure or behavior may improve an organism’s chance for survival.

 

AMAZING ARTHROPODS - Grades K—3 

Available April—June

Come learn about your neighbors: the insects, arachnids, and a surprise backyard crustacean. Discover how arthropods use sight and smell to be such great survivors. Observe and discuss life cycles and touch a live specimen!

California Science Standards
Grade K Science, Life; 2 Different types of plants and animals inhabit the Earth.
Grade 1 Science, Life; 2d Plants and animals meet their needs in different ways.
Grade 2 Science, Life; 2b,c Plants and animals have predictable life cycles.
Grade 3 Science, Life; 3a, b, c Adaptations in physical structure or behavior may improve an organism’s chance for survival.

 

Taught by Museum Docents, the following program is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays October—May.

DOOR TO THE DESERT

Designed for Grade 3 GATE classes.
Fee: $9 per student
Group Size: 25 students

Small groups will focus on different aspects of the desert including soil percolation, weathering, and plant and animal adaptations using hands-on experiements and visual aids. Following this discussion, students wil visit a curator (botany, herpetology, paleontology, or small mammals and birds).