Lesson for School Groups
Lesson Topics: All programs include an interactive lesson to introduce the chosen topic (35-45 minutes), real natural history specimens, and a scavenger hunt in the museum gallery.
These lessons are appropriate for students in second grade and above. Content will be adjusted for older groups of students.
- Animal Adaptations: How do animals survive in their habitats? From camouflage to mimicry, learn how animals adapt to live in many different environments.
- Butterflies & Moths: What are the differences between butterflies and moths? Learn about the metamorphosis of these beautiful insects.
- Dinosaurs & Fossils: How realistic is Jurassic Park? Learn how fossils reveal clues about the Mesozoic era, when dinosaurs ruled the world.
- Food Chains: Who eats whom and how is it all related? See how plants and animals fit into a variety of different food chains.
- Insects & Other Arthropods: How are insects, spiders, and crabs related? Learn about the mysterious world of invertebrates with exoskeletons.
- Ocean Life: What kinds of mysterious creatures inhabit the earth's vast oceans? Learn about the intriguing world of underwater life.
- Pollinator Power! Why are flowers so important to us? Learn about different animal pollinators and their impact on our lives.
- Rocks & Minerals: Why is knowing about rocks important? Learn about how rocks form and some of the special properties of minerals.
- Skeletons: What do animal bones look like? Learn how endo- and exo-skeletons of different animals provide support, protection, and movement.
These lessons are appropriate for students in fourth grade and above. Content will be adjusted for solder groups of students.
- Evolution: Variation, Inheritance, Adaptations, Selection, and Time are the principles of Natural Selection. Learn about these concepts and examine the evidence for evolution.
- History of the Wagner: Who was William Wagner? Learn about the story behind the museum from its founding to the present. (PowerPoint presentation)
- Human Body Systems: How does the human body function? Learn about the 11 body systems and their relationships with one another.
- Urban Ecology: Is Philadelphia an ecosystem? Learn how many animals make the city their home and how we coexist in the concrete jungle.
Length of Visit: Ninety minutes.
Group Size: Minimum of 20 children, maximum of 60 children.
Chaperones: Please bring one adult for every 10 children.
Cost: All of our programs are free, although donations are encouraged. The recommended donation is $5 per child for a ninety-minute lesson. This is a suggestion - - any contribution your group can offer will make a difference.
Please read our Policies page before scheduling a visit.
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