Sorting It All Out (3-8)

Sorting It All Out (3–8)

Grades 3-8

Sorting is an everyday occurrence that helps us stay organized and make sense of what’s around us. Scientists known as taxonomists have been using the most current scientific system for the past two centuries to sort the world’s organisms. Students will take on this role during this program to organize a variety of marine creatures.
Learning standards will be met, as students:
• Utilize the Museum’s skeletons to determine how scientists choose placement of cetaceans in the taxonomic ranking system
• Classify organisms according to the characteristics shared
• Practice using dichotomous keys to learn the names of the specimens provided
• Create their own simple scheme for sorting the animal models given to them

 

Science programs are typically 1.5 - 2 hours in length, and are available for up to 30 students at one time. If you wish to bring more than 30 students, please consider the following opportunities:

  1. Up to 30 students participate in a science program, and up to 30 students participate in a history, language arts & culture program at the Museum. The students then rotate, so each student is able to participate in both programs in one visit.

  2. Up to 30 students participate in a science program, and up to 30 students participate in a program at the Ocean Explorium, located within walking distance of the Museum. The students then rotate, so each student is able to participate in both programs in one visit.
  3. Up to 30 students participate in a science program, and up to 30 students participate in a program at the National Park Visitor Center, located within walking distance of the Museum. The students then rotate, so each student is able to participate in both programs in one visit.
  4. Up to 30 students participate in a science program, and up to 30 students participate in a program at the Coalition for Buzzards Bay, located within walking distance of the Museum. The students then rotate, so each student is able to participate in both programs in one visit.

 

Please contact the Education Department to discuss these and other opportunities.