Discovery Lessons for Grades 3-6

grade school students encounter a ball python during a discovery lesson

35 minutes
30 students maximum
$75 per lesson

Please note that Discovery Lessons can only be booked Tuesdays through Fridays.

All lessons have been developed to meet Educational Standards, including Pennsylvania State Standards, New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards, and Philadelphia Core Curriculum Grade Levels.

(Programs using live animals are denoted by a live animals are part of this lesson.)

Ancient Adaptations
You won’t see a living Tyrannosaurus rex or a mastodon hanging around in your backyard (we hope!). So how do paleontologists investigate extinct animal adaptations and behavior? Solve some of the mysteries of ancient adaptations yourself by comparing and contrasting modern animal adaptations to extinct animals by examining fossils, artifacts, and museum specimens.
Butterflies: From Delicate to Dazzling
All animals have features that help them to escape predators, find mates, and stay alive. Investigate three examples of these adaptations in the animal kingdom using museum artifacts. Hone your investigative skills by identifying these same adaptations in butterflies in various stages of their life cycle.
(A visit to the Butterflies! exhibit must be booked separately.)
Download An Educator's Guide to Butterflies.
Extreme Environments live animals are part of this lesson
What does it take to survive in the frozen tundra, a blazing desert, or other harsh environments? Using live animals and museum specimens, you’ll examine the adaptations that enable different species to thrive in the most inhospitable regions of our planet.
Download the Teacher’s Guide.
Geology Really Rocks
From the salt on our food to the gas in our cars, we use geology in many ways. The fascinating world of rocks and minerals is revealed as you learn about the rock cycle and have a chance to handle real geological specimens.
Download the Teacher’s Guide.
Plants and Pigments
Science and art are not isolated subjects; each can support the other. This class, inspired by the work of artist-scientist George Washington Carver, explores this concept. Through chromatography experiments, investigate some of the different colors and pigments found in plants and make plant-based inks to use in your classroom.
Science Detectives live animals are part of this lesson
The scientific method has never been this much fun! Working in teams, you’ll study a colony of live animals, design an experiment, and generate data to answer questions about behaviors, diet, adaptations and environmental needs.
Download the Teacher’s Guide.