(Grades 6-8 or introduction to evolution for 9-12) Through examination of museum specimens, classroom discussion, and scientific reasoning, students will explore the evolutionary concepts of variation, inheritance, natural selection and artificial selection, that explain the biodiversity of... Read more about Exploring Evolution
(Grades 6-12) Is our climate changing? How do we know? Using fossils, rocks and scientific data, students will investigate climate in two dramatically different periods of Earth’s history and compare it to today’s changing climate.
(Grades 6-12) How has New England changed over the past 500 million years? By studying rocks, fossils, and living animals that provide the clues to ancient oceans, volcanoes, and ice ages, students will leave this lab with a better understanding of what New England looked like, who lived here, and how scientists know about these ancient environments.
(6-8 or 9-12) Recommended for students 6th–8th grade or as an introduction to human evolution for grades 9-12.
How did environmental changes drive the evolution of our species? Students will act as evolutionary biologists as they analyze and interpret fossil evidence from bones and skulls of our ancient human relatives. By comparing anatomical structures, they will uncover and construct an argument about differences between extinct hominins and ourselves and the role of environment in shaping evolution.
(Grades 3-5) Students will become geologists as they explore an amazing array of minerals in a lab-like setting. Using scientific tests and careful observations of properties such as color, hardness and magnetism, students practice identifying common minerals the way geologists do.
(Grades 3-5) By examining animal skulls, leaves, fungus, and other natural objects, students will investigate life in a New England forest. From tiny insects to towering trees, from sun to soil, students will explore the connections between living and nonliving components of an ecosystem.
(Grades 3-5) Sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks provide clues about the geologic history of our region over the past 600 million years. Students will use rocks and fossils to discover how oceans, volcanoes, plate tectonics, weathering, erosion, and mountain building have all shaped New England’s landscape.
(Grades 3-5) Students will become geologists as they explore the fascinating world of minerals. They will learn the difference between a rock and a mineral, how scientists use mineral properties for identification, and the many ways in which minerals are woven into the fabric of our everyday lives.
(Grades 3-5) Starting with the human skeleton, students will investigate the functions of bones. By examining the skeletal structures of other animals, students will observe how these creatures’ bodies have become adapted for jumping, flying, and other lifestyles.
(Grades 3-5) By comparing and contrasting a variety of predators, students will discover the specialized adaptations that allow them to find and capture their prey. They will examine the eyes, ears, teeth, and beaks that enable animals to successfully hunt fish, insects, mice, and clams.
(Grades K-2) Through close observations of museum specimens and live animals, students will investigate the diverse world of insects, spiders, and their relatives and discover the special features that allow them to live in varied habitats all over the world.
(Grades K-2) What are fossils and how do they form? What clues can they give us to life in the past? Students will become paleontologists as they answer these and other questions about fossils and prehistoric life from three different periods in Earth’s history.
(Grades K-2) Students will take a tour of habitats around the globe and search for the creatures that call these places home. Participants will explore a range of environments, from lush rainforests and frozen tundra to scorching deserts, and they will learn about the unique adaptations that allow plants and animals to survive in challenging conditions.
(Grades K-2) On an imaginary walk through the forest, students will discover a variety of animal groups and compare their differences and similarities. They will look at animals with and without backbones and then examine birds, reptiles, mammals, and amphibians to compare the life cycles and special characteristics that make each group unique.
(Pre-K-Kindergarten)Who lives in a forest? What sights, smells, and noises make a forest special? Young students will explore life in a New England forest through storytelling, movement activities, and examination of real specimens of plants, animals, and fungi specimens.