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Preschool program at the Science Center

Grades Pre-2


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OUTDOOR CLASSROOM STYLE PROGRAMS

Fur, Feathers, and Scales | Grades Pre, K, 1

Mammals, birds, and reptiles - what do they have in common and what makes them different? Students will meet a live animal from each group as they address these questions and learn skills such as sorting and classification.
Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

  • K-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes – Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • 1-LS3-1 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits – Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.

Have to Have a Habitat | Grades K, 2

Animals live everywhere around us, but no matter where they live they all have basic needs of food, water, shelter, air, space, and sun. See three different live animals and learn how each meets its habitat needs.
Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

  • K-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes – Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • K-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity – Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.
  • 2-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity – Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

Marvelous Mammals | Grades K,2

From herbivores and insectivores, to carnivores and omnivores, mammals have a range of functions in the natural world. Live mammals and hands-on props help students gain insight into the marvelous lives of mammals and the diverse habitats where they live.
Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

  • K-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes – Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • K-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity – Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.
  • 2-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity – Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITY-BASED PROGRAMS

Animals and Their Five Senses | Grades K

Animals rely on their senses for survival. Through outdoor exploration and active games, students discover how different animals use hearing, smell, sight, touch, and even taste to help them survive. Visit with a live animal to observe its senses in action.
Available, Fall, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

  • K-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes – Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

Everything Has A Place | Grades K, 2

Students learn about habitat through hands-on outdoor activities. They investigate a variety of natural communities and discover how animals and plants fulfill their habitat needs for water, food, shelter, air, and sun.
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

  • K-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes – Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • K-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity – Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.
  • 2-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity – Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

Exploring Our Five Senses | Preschool

Awaken your students’ senses to the incredible natural world around them as they explore the outdoors. Students learn about their senses through a special activity for each sense. Visit with a live animal to observe its senses in action.
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

Insect Adventure | Grades 1, 2

Creep, crawl, hop, and jump! Investigate one of the largest groups of animals on Earth - insects. Students become junior entomologists as they collect and identify these six-legged creatures from fields or ponds.
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

  • 1-LS3-1 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits – Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.
  • 2-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity – Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
For questions or to schedule your field trip contact us 603-968-7194 or email
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