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Science Workshops Grades 1-6

Taught by Museum Education Staff, the following programs for Grades 1–3 and Grades 4–6 are offered September—June unless otherwise noted. Programs are geared to specified grade levels.

Days: Weekdays
Fee: $255 for two 1.5-hour sessions; $100 for an additional session; same day, same room, same topic, limit three sessions per day
Times: Flexible
Group size: 25 students maximum per session
Available October-May 


Crack the Earth’s crust and be an Earth detective! Investigate the ingredients on Earth including dirt, rocks, minerals, and fossils. Shake rocks to demonstrate weathering and erosion. Group activities reinforce soil-water retention concept.

California State Standards
Grade 2 Science, Earth; 3e Earth is made of materials that have distinct properties and provide resources for human activities. 



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 State Standards
Grade K Science, Life; 2 Different types of plants and animals inhabit the Earth.  
Grade K Science, Earth; Earth is composed of land, air, and water.
Grade 2 Science, Earth; 3e 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. 



Learn how plants and animals get their jobs done by observing clues from our environment. Investigate nests, skulls, and other Museum specimens. Match seeds with their correct mode of travel. Participate in a “pollination play” and discover small secrets of the life around us.

California State Standards
Grade 1 Science, Life; 2d Plants and animals meet their needs in different ways. 


SURVIVOR - Grade 3-4

Discover the elegance of survival with real specimens. Life forms adapt to meet the challenges and opportunities in an environment. Investigate the power of successful adaptations and take a closer look at some of the Earth’s most famous extinctions. Invent a unique species and explain how its adaptations would allow it to survive or to go extinct.

California State Standards
Grade 3 Science, Life; 3 Adaptations in physical structure or behavior may improve an organism’s chance for survival.

READ A ROCK - Grade 4-5

No more mock rocks! The real deal comes to your classroom. Categorize rocks based on their physical properties. Illustrate the rock cycle using Starbursts candies. Classify minerals based on the testable properties of color, luster, streak, and hardness.

California State Standards
Grade 4 Science, Earth; 4a The properties of rocks and minerals reflect the processes that formed them.


EYES ON NATURE - Grades 4—6

Connect science and language arts. Explore shapes found in the natural world. Using loupes, identify patterns in animal and plant specimens. Draw the shapes you see and write analogies to describe these patterns. Theorize how form follows function in nature and how shape may benefit a specimen.

California State Standards
Grades 4—6 English Language Arts Writing; 2 Students write clear, coherent sentences and paragraphs that develop a central idea. Their writing shows they consider the audience and purpose.
Grades 4—6 English Language Arts Reading; 1 Students use their knowledge of word origins and word relationships, as well as historical and literary context clues, to determine the meaning of specialized vocabulary and to understand the precise meaning of grade-level-appropriate words.
Grades 4—6 Visual and Performing Arts Creative Expression; 2 Students apply artistic processes and skills, using a variety of media to communicate meaning and intent in original works of art.
Grades 4—6 Visual and Performing Arts Connections Relationships Applications; 5 Students apply what they learn in the visual arts across subject areas. They develop competencies and creative skills in problem solving and communication.



Chemistry is basic to an understanding of the natural world and an important part of fifth-grade science standards. Investigate the states of matter. Hypothesize how atoms move as water changes from a solid, liquid, and gas. Take a scavenger hunt through the periodic table and discover how much metal is in your body!

California State Standards
Grade 5 Science, Physical; Elements and their combinations account for all the varied types of matter in the world 1a, b, d, e, g, h 
Grade 5 Science, Earth; 3b Water on Earth moves between the oceans and land through the processes of evaporation and condensation. 



Have fun in this more advanced chemistry class. Take a closer look at the make-up of atoms, elements, molecules, and compounds. Conduct experiments that create physical and chemical reactions using household items. Investigate molecular bonding by creating a bouncy putty polymer.

California State Standards
Grade 5 Science, Physical; Elements and their combinations account for all the varied types of matter in the world 1a, b, d, e, g, h .