School Programs for 2nd Graders

Showing Gallery Activities, School Workshop, and Scavenger Hunts for the selected grade.

Gallery Activities

School Workshops

Fossil Fun

This workshop is designed for younger students and provides an introduction to geological time and fossils. Hands-on activities include digging for and identifying fossils, and developing dinosaurs complete with scientific names.

Grade Levels 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Number of Participants 15 minimum; 30 Maximum (students)
National Science Standards A, C, D, G
Duration 45 Minutes
Fee $4.50 per person (one adult chaperone free for every 5 students; additional adults $4.50 each; maximum of 8 adults)

Hands-on Geology

How can you tell mica from magnetite or granite from gneiss? Students learn identification techniques in this introduction to minerals, rocks and their formation.

Grade Levels 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Number of Participants 15 minimum; 30 Maximum (students)
National Science Standards A, D, G
Duration 45 Minutes
Fee $4.50 per person (one adult chaperone free for every 5 students; additional adults $4.50 each; maximum of 8 adults)

Hands-on Mammals

Explore the characteristics of mammals and their adaptations through a series of demonstrations and activities.

Grade Levels 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Number of Participants 15 minimum; 30 Maximum (students)
National Science Standards A, C, G
Duration 45 Minutes
Fee $4.50 per person (one adult chaperone free for every 5 students; additional adults $4.50 each; maximum of 8 adults)

DNA Discovery

This workshop introduces DNA — what it is and how it works. Hands-on activities include DNA extraction and making DNA jewelry.

Grade Levels 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, High School
Number of Participants 15 minimum; 30 Maximum (students)
National Science Standards A, C, G
Duration 45 Minutes
Fee $4.50 per person (one adult chaperone free for every 5 students; additional adults $4.50 each; maximum of 8 adults)

Matter Matters

Students investigate the properties and classification of matter. Topics include the particulate nature of matter, state changes and temperature.

Grade Levels 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Number of Participants 15 minimum; 30 Maximum (students)
National Science Standards A, B, G
Duration 45 Minutes
Fee $4.50 per person (one adult chaperone free for every 5 students; additional adults $4.50 each; maximum of 8 adults)

How Small is Small?

Discover what the smallest things in the universe are and how small! Explore the concept of scale through giant insects, viruses and chickens.

Grade Levels 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Number of Participants 15 minimum; 30 Maximum (students)
National Science Standards A, B, D, E, G
Math Link Curriculum Standard 1 to 8
Duration 45 Minutes
Fee $4.50 per person (one adult chaperone free for every 5 students; additional adults $4.50 each; maximum of 8 adults)

Scavenger Hunts

Mosasaur Munchies Guide

The largest mosasaur found – discovered in Kansas – lurks over the KU Natural History Museum's lobby entrance. Use this guide to explore the museum galleries and discover what mosasaurs ate. Guide available at Visitor Services, 4th floor, or download and print your own.

Grade Levels 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Duration Varies; 15 to 45 minutes
Fee $3 per child, $5 per adult (recommended contribution; same as museum admission)

Museum Mysteries

Explore the museum using this scavenger hunt, which takes students to all four floors of the museum. Closely examine exhibits to answer questions about glowing minerals, monkeys in the rainforest and insects in Bug Town. Guide available at Visitor Services, 4th floor, or download and print your own.

Grade Levels 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Duration Varies; 15 to 45 minutes
Fee $3 per child, $5 per adult (recommended contribution; same as museum admission)

Museum Explorer

Touch a fossil, see minerals that glow, and investigate animal feet. This scavenger hunt can be used to investigate select exhibits or as a general guide to the galleries on each floor. Download and print your own.

Grade Levels 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Duration varies; 15-45 minutes
Fee $3 per child, $5 per adult (recommended contribution; same as museum admission)

Puttering around Potter Lake

Explore the life in and around Potter Lake, just a short walk west of the KU Natural History Museum. Download and print your own.

Grade Levels 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Duration Varies; up to an hour (including travel time)
Fee $3 per child, $5 per adult (recommended contribution; same as museum admission)