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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)
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.
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)