Hands-on Lessons

Hands-on lessons explore a range of topics from literacy and art to science and engineering as well as relate to the current traveling exhibit. A pre-visit lesson to prepare students for their visit and a post-visit lesson that expands on the topic explored at the Museum will be provided.

1st through 6th grade
Amazing Animal Adaptations

Desert creatures are remarkable animals uniquely suited to live in our environment. Students will learn about native animals, their amazing adaptations, and desert habitats. Students will then create an imaginary animal with its own adaptations for desert survival. Classes may have the opportunity to meet the Museum’s desert tortoises, Smiley and Abigail.
ART, SCIENCE (Grade 2: NGSS 2.LS4.1, ELA MP.2; Grade 3: NGSS 3.LS4.3 ELA SL.3.4)

Robotic Hexbug Habitat
In this creative and collaborative lesson, students will work together to create a habitat for their hexbugs to navigate. They’ll engineer and problem-solve as they help their robotic bug move through the environment they create.
ENGINEERING, TECHNOLOGY (Grade 1-2: NGSS K-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-3; Grade 3: NGSS 3.PS2.1, 3.PS2.2, 3-5ETS1.1, 3-5ETS1.2, 3-5ETS1.3) 

Water Wise (New for 2018-2019 school year)
Students will study the availability of fresh water on Earth and methods that can be used to conserve it. They will assess how much water they use and think about ways to reduce their usage. Students will make and take home their own planter with a drought-resistant plant.
SCIENCE, LITERACY

Grade specific lessons

Preschool-Kindergarten
When a Line Bends a Shape Begins

This bouncy and colorful story by Rhonda Growler Greene, delightfully introduces students to different shapes. Presented in picture and verse, students will discover ten different shapes. Students will then create their own work of art filled with shapes and lines to bring home.
ART, LITERACY, MATH

Kindergarten
Ramps and Rollers (New for 2018-2019 School year)
In this interactive lesson, students are introduced to the scientific method as they learn about force and motion. They will test their ramps to reflect their hypotheses and practice observation skills as they ask new questions. Students will be scientists as they experiment and record their findings.
SCIENCE, ENGINEERING

Lower Elementary (1st through 3rd)
Radical Reflections

Students will explore the relationship between light and mirrors by experimenting with reflective materials, multiple reflections, and patterns. At the end of the class, they will make their own kaleidoscope!
60 students
ENGINEERING, MATH, SCIENCE (Grade 1: Math 1.G.3; Grade 2: Math 2.G.3)

Upper Elementary (4th through 6th grade)
Fibonacci Art

Math and art come together in this challenging and creative lesson. Students will learn about the Fibonacci Sequence and how it is found throughout nature. Then, using compasses, they will create a work of art that illustrates the number sequence.
30 students
ART, MATH, SCIENCE

Questions? Contact the Camp and School Tours Coordinator, Gregoria Rodriguez, at 760-321-0602 ext. 111 or schooltours@cdmod.org.

School Tours Request Form