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Museum on Wheels Grades 1-6

Taught by Museum Docents, the following programs are available October—May
Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Fee: $170 per school visit for two one-hour sessions; same day, same room, same topic
Times: 9:30 and 10:45 AM
Group size: 32 students maximum per session 

INCREDIBLE INSECTS - K—2

K—2 (30 students maximum per session)

Program begins with an introduction to insects and arachnids. Students visit stations highlighting: Social Insects; Butterflies and Moths; Metamorphosis; Beetles; and Live Insects and Other Arthropods.

California State Standards
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. 

NATURE'S NIGHT LIFE - Grades 3—6

Students are introduced to nocturnal animals and their special adaptations for life in San Diego County. Stations highlight: Things that Fly at Night, Animals that Can’t Stand the Heat, Finding Food at Night, Live Animals, and Demonstrations.

California State Standards
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.
Grade 4 Science, Life; 2b, 3a All organisms need energy and matter to live and grow. Living organisms depend on one another and on their environment for survival.

LIFE IN THE DESERT - Grades 3—6

This program discusses the geology, plants, animals, and their adaptations for the extremes of life in our Anza-Borrego desert. Stations highlight: Cactus Scrub and Rocky Hillside; Dry Wash and Oasis; Badlands and Dunes; Low Desert; and Live Animals.

California State Standards
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.
Grade 4 Science, Life; 2b, 3a All organisms need energy and matter to live and grow. Living organisms depend on one another and on their environment for survival. 

ROADRUNNERS - Grades 3—6

Students are introduced to five habitats in the most biologically diverse county in the U.S.—San Diego! Stations highlight: Seacoast, Coastal Plain, Foothills, Mountains, and Desert. Run around the county like a roadrunner!

California State Standards
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.
Grade 4 Science, Life; 2b, 3a 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. 

FOSSIL TALES OF SAN DIEGO - Grades 3—6

Students are guided through 75 million years of our county’s fossil history with stations highlighting: Cretaceous, Eocene and Oligocene, Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene. Models and casts of familiar and bizarre creatures that roamed our county are shared.

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 4 Science, Earth; 4a The properties of rocks and minerals reflect the processes that formed them.
Grade 6 Ecology; 5c Organisms in ecosystems exchange energy and nutrients among themselves and with the environment. 

 

FORESTS  NEW!

Explore the exciting world of forests, the only habitat in San Diego County in which both plants and animals must adapt to seasonal changes in climate. Enjoy puppets, stories, specimens, songs and activities.

California State Standards  
Grade K Science, Life; 2 Different types of plants and animals inhabit the Earth.  

DESERT  

How do the plants and animals of the desert survive in such a dry environment? Using exhibits, puppets, and models, students will learn how plants and animals adapt to the desert habitat. Students will participate in songs, stories, and activities.

California State Standards  
Grade K Science, Life; 2 Different types of plants and animals inhabit the Earth.  

PONDS  

Meet the creatures of the air, land, and water as they interact in the fresh water environment of the pond. Students will enjoy the use of exhibits, puppets, and models for hands-on learning including the metamorphosis of insects and frogs. Students will participate in songs, stories, and activities.

California State Standards  
Grade K Science, Life; 2 Different types of plants and animals inhabit the Earth.  

OCEANS  

The saltwater environment of marshes and ocean are an integral part of San Diego County. Students will learn how the animals and plants are so well-adapted to the saltwater environment. Students will enjoy the use of exhibits, puppets, and models for hands-on learning. Students will participate in songs, stories, and activities.

California State Standards  
Grade K Science, Life; 2 Different types of plants and animals inhabit the Earth.