Grade 3

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Gallery Activities

Gallery Activities use select exhibits to investigate a particular topic.

Number of Participants: 15 minimum; 25 maximum (students and adult chaperones); Duration: 45 Minutes; Fee: $60 per group


Dinosaur Discovery

Dinosaur Discovery

Everyone knows what a dinosaur is — or do they? How do you tell a dinosaur from other extinct and living groups of animals? Using the fossil gallery, students will discover important features of this famous group and put their skills to the test.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS4.A


Kansas Seas

Kansas Seas

Kansas was once covered with vast oceans. Discover how we know this and learn about some of the amazing creatures that lived in these seas.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS1.C, ESS2.B, ESS2.C

School Workshops

School Workshops are hands-on programs with activities that take place in the museum's education classroom.

Number of Participants: 15 minimum; 30 maximum (students); Duration: 45 Minutes; Fee: $5 per student (one adult chaperone free for every 5 students)

Fossil FunFossil Fun

This workshop is designed for younger students and provides an introduction to geological time and fossils. Hands-on activities include digging for and identifying fossils, and developing dinosaurs complete with scientific names.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.A, LS4.A, LS4.D, ESS1.C

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas
LS1.A: Structure and Function
• All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water and air. (1-LS1-1)
• Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction. (4-LS1-1)

LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
• Some kinds of plants and animals that once lived on Earth are no longer found anywhere. (3-LS4-1)
• Fossils provide evidence about the types of organisms that lived long ago and also about the nature of their environments. (3-LS4-1)

LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
• There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water. (2-LS4-1)

ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth
• Some events happen very quickly; others occur very slowly, over a time period much longer than one can observe. (2-ESS1-1)
• Local, regional, and global patterns of rock formations reveal changes over time due to earth forces, such as earthquakes. The presence and location of certain fossil types indicate the order in which rock layers were formed. (4-ESS1-1)

NGSS Crosscutting concepts

• Observed patterns of forms and events guide organization and classification, and they prompt questions about relationships and the factors that influence them.

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
• In considering phenomena, it is critical to recognize what is relevant at different measures of size, time, and energy and to recognize how changes in scale, proportion, or quantity affect a system’s structure or performance.

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices

Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Common Core English Language Arts Standards

Language: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
• Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.4, 2.4, 3.4, 4.4)


Hands-on GeologyHands-on Geology

How can you tell mica from magnetite or granite from gneiss? Students learn identification techniques in this introduction to minerals, rocks and their formation.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS1.C, ESS2.A


Hands-on MammalsHands-on Mammals

Explore the characteristics of mammals and their adaptations through a series of demonstrations and activities.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.A, LS4.A, LS4.C


DNA DiscoveryDNA Discovery

This workshop introduces DNA — what it is and how it works. Hands-on activities include DNA extraction and making DNA jewelry.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.A, LS3.A, LS3.B, LS4.A


Matter MattersMatters Matter

Students investigate the properties and classification of matter. Topics include the particulate nature of matter, state changes and temperature.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.A


How Small is SmallHow Small is Small?

Discover what the smallest things in the universe are and how small! Explore the concept of scale through giant insects, viruses and chickens.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.A
Common Core Math Domains: NBT, MD, NS