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Field Trip Curriculum

The Natural History Museum of Utah has a long tradition of serving Utah’s students through curriculum-based field trips rooted in the scientific inquiry. Our hope is that students and educators who come to the Museum will gain insights to the natural world that will encourage further exploration.  


Field Trip Curriculum by Grade 

Please review and choose from the field trip curriculum options for your grade level.  The field trip curriculum is associated with pre-visit, in classroom, lesson plans to prepare for your trip to the Museum.  Click here for associated pre-visit lesson plans. 

Kindergarten

  • Collection Detective: Students will spend time observing and recording in detail about an object they find interesting at the Museum. 
  • Exhibit Experts: Students will become experts on one exhibit at the Museum and then share their knowledge with another student.
  • Hall of Wonders:  Students will use the Museum as a resource to answer their own questions about the natural world. 
  • Happy Trails: Students will explore the Museum and create a field guide based on their observations.
  • Observation Pops: Students will use pictures of objects mounted on popsicle sticks to actively engage with the exhibits through conversations, observations, questions, and inferences.
  • People, Past and Present: Students will observe artifacts or objects of the tribes of Utah, some are ancient, some are modern. They will gather information and make inferences about the use of the objects, as well as make connections to objects they use in their own lives.

 


1st Grade 

  • Collection Detective: Students will spend time observing and recording in detail about an object they find interesting at the Museum.  
  • Exhibit Experts: Students will become experts on one exhibit at the Museum and then share their knowledge with another student.
  • Hall of Wonders: Students will use the Museum as a resource to answer their own questions about the natural world.  
  • Happy Trails: Students will explore the Museum and create a field guide based on their observations.
  • Observation Pops: Students will use pictures of objects mounted on popsicle sticks to actively engage with the exhibits through conversations, observations, questions, and inferences.
  • People, Past and Present: Students will observe artifacts or objects of the tribes of Utah, some are ancient, some are modern. They will gather information and make inferences about the use of the objects, as well as make connections to objects they use in their own lives.

2nd Grade

  • Collection Detective: Students will spend time observing and recording in detail about an object they find interesting at the Museum. 
  • Exhibit Experts: Students will become experts on one exhibit at the Museum and then share their knowledge with another student.
  • Hall of Wonders: Students will use the Museum as a resource to answer their own questions about the natural world. 
  • Happy Trails: Students will explore the Museum and create a field guide based on their observations.
  • Observation Pops: Students will use pictures of objects mounted on popsicle sticks to actively engage with the exhibits through conversations, observations, questions, and inferences.
  • People, Past and Present: Students will observe artifacts or objects of the tribes of Utah, some are ancient, some are modern. They will gather information and make inferences about the use of the objects, as well as make connections to objects they use in their own lives.

 


3rd Grade

  • Collection Detective: Students will spend time observing and recording in detail about an object they find interesting at the Museum.
  • Exhibit Experts: Students will become experts on one exhibit at the Museum and then share their knowledge with another student.
  • Hall of Wonders: Students will use the Museum as a resource to answer their own questions about the natural world.
  • Happy Trails: Students will explore the Museum and create a field guide based on their observations.
  • Museum Classifieds: Students will observe and research an artifact or specimen thoroughly, so that they can create an advertisement promoting the artifact or specimen.
  • People, Past and Present: Students will observe artifacts or objects of the tribes of Utah, some are ancient, some are modern. They will gather information and make inferences about the use of the objects, as well as make connections to objects they use in their own lives.
  • What Happened Here? Students will observe dioramas and exhibits and make inferences about what happened before and after that moment captured in time.

4th Grade 

  • Collection Detective: Students will spend time observing and recording in detail about an object they find interesting at the Museum.
  • Exhibit Experts: Students will become experts on one exhibit at the Museum and then share their knowledge with another student.
  • Hall of Wonders: Students will use the Museum as a resource to answer their own questions about the natural world.
  • Happy Trails: Students will explore the Museum and create a field guide based on their observations.
  • Museum Classifieds: Students will observe and research an artifact or specimen thoroughly, so that they can create an advertisement promoting the artifact or specimen.
  • People, Past and Present: Students will observe artifacts or objects of the tribes of Utah, some are ancient, some are modern. They will gather information and make inferences about the use of the objects, as well as make connections to objects they use in their own lives.
  • Time Machine: Students will observe and gather data from multiple exhibits to help them infer what Utah was like at a specific time in the past.
  • What Happened Here? Students will observe dioramas and exhibits and make inferences about what happened before and after that moment captured in time.

5th Grade

  • Collection Detective: Students will spend time observing and recording in detail about an object they find interesting at the Museum.
  • Exhibit Experts: Students will become experts on one exhibit at the Museum and then share their knowledge with another student.
  • Hall of Wonders: Students will use the Museum as a resource to answer their own questions about the natural world.
  • Happy Trails: Students will explore the Museum and create a field guide based on their observations.
  • Museum Classifieds: Students will observe and research an artifact or specimen thoroughly, so that they can create an advertisement promoting the artifact or specimen.
  • People, Past and Present: Students will observe artifacts or objects of the tribes of Utah, some are ancient, some are modern. They will gather information and make inferences about the use of the objects, as well as make connections to objects they use in their own lives.
  • Time Machine: Students will observe and gather data from multiple exhibits to help them infer what Utah was like at a specific time in the past.
  • What Happened Here? Students will observe dioramas and exhibits and make inferences about what happened before and after that moment captured in time.

6th Grade

  • Exhibit Experts: Students will become experts on one exhibit at the Museum and then share their knowledge with another student.
  • Hall of Wonders: Students will use the Museum as a resource to answer their own questions about the natural world.
  • Happy Trails: Students will explore the Museum and create a field guide based on their observations.
  • Museum Classifieds: Students will observe and research an artifact or specimen thoroughly, so that they can create an advertisement promoting the artifact or specimen.
  • People, Past and Present: Students will observe artifacts or objects of the tribes of Utah, some are ancient, some are modern. They will gather information and make inferences about the use of the objects, as well as make connections to objects they use in their own lives.
  • Time Machine: Students will observe and gather data from multiple exhibits to help them infer what Utah was like at a specific time in the past.
  • What Happened Here? Students will observe dioramas and exhibits and make inferences about what happened before and after that moment captured in time.

7th Grade

  • Exhibit Experts: Students will become experts on one exhibit at the Museum and then share their knowledge with another student.
  • Hall of Wonders: Students will use the Museum as a resource to answer their own questions about the natural world.
  • Happy Trails: Students will explore the Museum and create a field guide based on their observations.
  • Museum Classifieds: Students will observe and research an artifact or specimen thoroughly, so that they can create an advertisement promoting the artifact or specimen.
  • People, Past and Present: Students will observe artifacts or objects of the tribes of Utah, some are ancient, some are modern. They will gather information and make inferences about the use of the objects, as well as make connections to objects they use in their own lives.
  • Time Machine: Students will observe and gather data from multiple exhibits to help them infer what Utah was like at a specific time in the past.
  • What Happened Here? Students will observe dioramas and exhibits and make inferences about what happened before and after that moment captured in time.

8th Grade

  • Exhibit Experts: Students will become experts on one exhibit at the Museum and then share their knowledge with another student.
  • Hall of Wonders: Students will use the Museum as a resource to answer their own questions about the natural world.
  • Happy Trails: Students will explore the Museum and create a field guide based on their observations.
  • Museum Classifieds: Students will observe and research an artifact or specimen thoroughly, so that they can create an advertisement promoting the artifact or specimen.
  • People, Past and Present: Students will observe artifacts or objects of the tribes of Utah, some are ancient, some are modern. They will gather information and make inferences about the use of the objects, as well as make connections to objects they use in their own lives.
  • Time Machine: Students will observe and gather data from multiple exhibits to help them infer what Utah was like at a specific time in the past.
  • What Happened Here? Students will observe dioramas and exhibits and make inferences about what happened before and after that moment captured in time.

9th - 12th Grade

  • Exhibit Experts: Students will become experts on one exhibit at the Museum and then share their knowledge with another student.
  • Hall of Wonders: Students will use the Museum as a resource to answer their own questions about the natural world.
  • Happy Trails: Students will explore the Museum and create a field guide based on their observations.
  • Museum Classifieds: Students will observe and research an artifact or specimen thoroughly, so that they can create an advertisement promoting the artifact or specimen.
  • People, Past and Present: Students will observe artifacts or objects of the tribes of Utah, some are ancient, some are modern. They will gather information and make inferences about the use of the objects, as well as make connections to objects they use in their own lives.
  • Time Machine: Students will observe and gather data from multiple exhibits to help them infer what Utah was like at a specific time in the past.