School Programs for 6th Graders

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Gallery Activities

School Workshops

Rock Clocks

This workshop provides an introduction to geological time with activities that investigate relative and absolute dating.

Grade Levels 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, High School
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 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)

Cartoon Guide to Energy

What can falling anvils and exploding TNT tell us about how energy works in the cartoon and real worlds?  Using classic cartoon scenarios, students explore how fundamental forces and properties of matter build a framework for thinking about energy across its different contexts.

Grade Levels 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, High School
Number of Participants 15 minimum; 30 Maximum (students)
National Science Standards 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)

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)

Travel Guide to Space

Welcome to Other Worlds Travel Agency. Students explore the solar system from the perspective of alien tourists and are challenged to select the best destination to meet their needs.

Grade Levels 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Number of Participants 15 minimum; 30 Maximum (students)
National Science Standards A, B, 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)

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)

Quarks: Ups, Downs and the Universe

Discover what the world is made of. Investigate atoms, states of matter and electrical charge. Be atoms, build atoms and find out what they are made of.

Grade Levels 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, High School
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

Museum Quest

In this scavenger hunt, examine exhibits to answer questions about Triceratops, insect mouthparts and snakes. Guide available at Visitor Services, 4th floor, or download and print your own.

Grade Levels 6th, 7th, 8th
Duration Varies; 15 to 45 minutes
Fee $3 per child, $5 per adult (recommended contribution; same as museum admission)

Cabinets of Curiosity

The odd, the strange and the unusual were prized objects for many early collectors. Use this guide to explore some of the “oddities” on display at the museum. Guide available at Visitor Services, 4th floor, or download and print your own.

Grade Levels 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, High School, University Students, Adults
Duration Varies; 15 to 45 minutes
Fee $3 per child, $5 per adult (recommended contribution; same as museum admission)

Museum Discovery

Explore shared characters, adaptations and other evolutionary ideas with this scavenger hunt. It can be used in a structured way to investigate select exhibits or as a general guide to the galleries on each floor. Download and print your own.

Grade Levels 6th, 7th, 8th
Duration Varies; 15-45 minutes
Fee $3 per child, $5 per adult (recommended contribution; same as museum admission)

Looking around the Lake

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

Grade Levels 6th, 7th, 8th
Duration Varies; up to an hour (including travel time)
Fee $3 per child, $5 per adult (recommended contribution; same as museum admission)