Discovery Lessons for Grades 7–12
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 .)
- Design Your Own Experiment
- 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.
- 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.