Discovery Lessons for Grades 7–12

students seeing things differently with light-filtering goggles

60 minutes
35 students maximum
$120 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.)

Grades 7–9

Design Your Own Experiment live animals are part of this lesson
Turn your students into research scientists for the day! Working in teams and using a colony of live animals, design experiments that incorporate independent and dependent variables to answer questions about animal behaviors, diet, adaptations, and environment.
Keys, Trees, and Clades
How can organizing the approximately 10 million different species of living things into groups help us to understand how one species evolves from another? Working with specimens of vertebrates, you’ll investigate natural selection then develop taxonomic trees—called cladograms—that illustrate the evolutionary relationships between different species.

Grades 10–12

Seeing Eye to Eye
Humans and other animals don’t always see “eye to eye.” In fact, different animals have unique adaptations to see things that are invisible to humans, including ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) light. Students will use hands-on activities and technologies, including an infrared camera, ultraviolet lights and even their own cell phones, to investigate some of the properties of light and then apply this knowledge by investigating light-sensing adaptations of animals from our living collections.