Grades 3-5

These programs last 50 minutes and include activities using artifacts or scientific specimens. Some programs also include investigations, demonstrations or data collection and analysis. Programs are limited to a maximum of 25 students per class. Discovery Room sessions and educational programs are available beginning the day after Labor Day through the third week of May.

Program Fee: $45 per class + museum admission

Dinosaur Feasts

What do scientists know about how dinosaurs ate? Students will compare dinosaur fossils and modern animal specimens to discover how both carnivorous and herbivorous dinosaurs crunched and munched their food.

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PASS: Grade 3 Science Process 1.2, 2.1, 4.4, 5.3 | Life Science 2.1, 2.2
Grade 4 Science Process 1.2, 2.1, 4.4, 5.3 | Life Science 3.1, 3.2
Grade 5 Science Process 1.2, 2.1, 4.4, 5.3 | Life Science 2.1
OAS: 4-LS1-1 | Science Practices 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8

Web of Life

How is a tree connected to a coyote? From plants to animals to fungus, students will use museum specimens to create a community, learn about how an ecosystem works, collect and graph class data, and discover how all organisms in an ecosystem are connected.

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PASS: Grade 3 Science Process 1.2, 3.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4 | Life Science 2.2, 2.3
Grade 4 Science Process 1.2, 3.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4 | Life Science 3.1, 3.2
Grade 5 Science Process 1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.3, 5.4 | Life Science 2.1, 2.2
OAS: 4-LS1-1, 5-PS3-1, 5-LS2-1, 5-LS2-2 | Science Practices 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8

Wild and Rare

Everyone hears about endangered species, but of the many plants and animals around us, which ones are endangered? Which ones are threatened? Which ones are surviving? Students will learn what makes a species vulnerable to extinction, then use museum specimens and hands-on materials to gather information and predict the futures of several species.

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PASS: Grade 3 Science Process 1.2, 3.1, 4.3, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4
Grade 4 Science Process 1.2, 3.1, 4.3, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4 | Life Science 3.1, 3.2
Grade 5 Science Process 1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 4.3, 5.3, 5.4 | Life Science 2.1, 2.2
OAS: 5-PS1-3| Science Practices 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8

The Bison Hunters: Native Americans of the Plains

How did the Native Americans use the natural resources on the Great Plains to meet their needs? Student teams will analyze and measure tools, clothing and other artifacts from Plains Indian culture to discover the relationship between these peoples and their natural environment.

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PASS: Grade 3 Social Studies 1.1, 4.1, 5.1
Grade 4 Social Studies 4.1, 4.2, 5.2 5.3, 5.5
Grade 5 Social Studies 6.3, 7.2, 7.5
OAS: Science Practices 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Rockin’ Rocks OERB_logo2

Did you know that not every rock is the same? In this class, students will understand the difference between minerals and rocks, test the porousness of rocks and learn how sedimentary rocks are formed.

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PASS: Grade 3 Science Process 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1-3.4, 4.1-4.4 | Earth and Space Science 3.1
Grade 4 Science Process 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1-3.4, 4.1-4.4 | Earth/Space Science 4.1-4.4
Grade 5 Science Process 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1-3.4, 4.1-4.4
OAS: 5-PS1-3 | Science Practices 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8

Discovery Room Session

Discovery Room Sessions allow students to participate in free-choice learning opportunities and free play activities that enhance their understanding of natural and cultural history. Each session begins with a short introduction to the room by a Discovery Room staff member. Students are then encouraged to explore the room independently. These 25 minute sessions are most appropriate for PreK through grade 5 and are limited to a maximum of 25 students per session. Fee is $30 per session + museum admission.

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