Grade 5

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Gallery Activities

Gallery Activities use select exhibits to investigate a particular topic.

Number of Participants: 15 minimum; 25 maximum (students and adult chaperones); Duration: 45 Minutes; Fee: $60 per group


Dinosaur DiscoveryDinosaur Discovery

Everyone knows what a dinosaur is — or do they? How do you tell a dinosaur from other extinct and living groups of animals? Using the fossil gallery, students will discover important features of this famous group and put their skills to the test.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.A, LS4.A, LS4.D

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas

LS1.A: Structure and Function
• Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction. (4-LS1-1)

LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
• Some kinds of plants and animals that once lived on Earth are no longer found anywhere. (3-LS4-1)
• Fossils provide evidence about the types of organisms that lived long ago and also about the nature of their environments. (3-LS4-1)
• Anatomical similarities and differences between various organisms living today and between them and organisms in the fossil record, enable the reconstruction of evolutionary history and the inference of lines of evolutionary descent. (MS-LS4-2)

LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
• There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water. (2-LS4-1)

NGSS Crosscutting concepts

• Observed patterns of forms and events guide organization and classification, and they prompt questions about relationships and the factors that influence them.

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
• In considering phenomena, it is critical to recognize what is relevant at different measures of size, time, and energy and to recognize how changes in scale, proportion, or quantity affect a system’s structure or performance. 

Structure and Function
• The way an object or living thing is shaped and its substructure determine many of its properties and functions.

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices

Analyzing and interpreting data.

Engaging in argument from evidence.

Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.


Walking with Dinosaurs

Students investigate dinosaur footprints — what they can tell us and why — and learn how to calculate the speed of dinosaurs.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.A
Common Core Math Domains: NBT, MD


Kansas Seas

Kansas Seas

Kansas was once covered with vast oceans. Discover how we know this and learn about some of the amazing creatures that lived in these seas.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS1.C, ESS2.B, ESS2.C

School Workshops

School Workshops are hands-on programs with activities that take place in the museum's education classroom.

Number of Participants: 15 minimum; 30 maximum (students); Duration: 45 Minutes; Fee: $5 per student (one adult chaperone free for every 5 students)

Rock ClocksRock Clocks

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

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS1.C
Common Core Math Domain: MD, SP


Hands-on GeologyHands-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.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS1.C, ESS2.A


Hands-on MammalsHands-on Mammals

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

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.A, LS4.A, LS4.C


DNA DiscoveryDNA Discovery

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

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.A, LS3.A, LS3.B, LS4.A


Travel Guide to SpaceTravel 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.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS1.B


Matter MattersMatters Matter

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

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.A


Cartoon Guide to Energy

Cartoon Guide to EnergyWhat 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.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.B, PS2.A, PS2.B, PS3.A, PS3.B, PS3.C


How Small is SmallHow 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.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.A
Common Core Math Domains: NBT, MD, NS


Quarks: Ups, Downs and the UniverseQuarks

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.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.A
Common Core Math Domain: NS