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Lesson Plans

The Natural History Museum of Utah has a long tradition of serving Utah's teachers and students through curriculum-based lessons and materials rooted in scientific inquiry.  Our hope is that these materials will offer insights into the natural world and encourage further explorations. 

Lesson Plans have been thoughtfully developed and tested to support the Utah State Core Curriculum and its Intended Learning Outcomes. They are designed to be used for pre-visit, post-visit, field trip activities, or in conjuntion with Junior Science Academy, Museum on the Move as well as with Teaching Toolboxes.

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Lesson Plans by Grade

K-2

  • Classification is Cool:  Similarities and differences that can be observed can be used to classify, which is part of the scientific process.
  • Facts and Inferences:   There are differences between facts and inferences.
  • Igniting Inquiry:  Making and recording observations is engaging in the scientific process.
  • Ready to Report:   There are many ways to report scientific understandings and observations.
  • Recording Stars:   There are many ways to record and organize data and observations, but all need to be done with detail and accuracy.
  • Why Wonder?   Wondering creates a desire to explore the natural world and is, therefore, essential to the process and nature of science.
  • You are a Scientist!  Scientists are just regular people who approach questions systematically.  Students are scientists when they apply the same process to solving problems.

 

 


3-5

  • Classification is Cool:  Similarities and differences that can be observed can be used to classify, which is part of the scientific process.
  • Facts and Inferences:  There are differences between facts and inferences.
  • Igniting Inquiry:   Making and recording observations is engaging in the scientific process.
  • Ready to Report:  There are many ways to report scientific understandings and observations.
  • Recording Stars:  There are many ways to record and organize data and observations, but all need to be done with detail and accuracy.
  • Why Wonder?  Wondering creates a desire to explore the natural world and is, therefore, essential to the process and nature of science.
  • You are a Scientist!  Scientists are just regular people who approach questions systematically.  Students are scientists when they apply the same process to solving problems.

 

 


6-8

  • Classification is Cool:  Similarities and differences that can be observed can be used to classify, which is part of the scientific process.
  • Facts and Inferences:  There are differences between facts and inferences.
  • Igniting Inquiry:   Making and recording observations is engaging in the scientific process.
  • Ready to Report:  There are many ways to report scientific understandings and observations.
  • Recording Stars:  There are many ways to record and organize data and observations, but all need to be done with detail and accuracy.
  • The Art of Recording:  Students will come to understand that there are many ways to record and organize data and observations, but that all need to be done with detail and accuracy.
  • Why Wonder?  Wondering creates a desire to explore the natural world and is, therefore, essential to the process and nature of science.

 

 


9-12

  • Classification is Cool:  Similarities and differences that can be observed can be used to classify, which is part of the scientific process.
  • Facts and Inferences:  There are differences between facts and inferences.
  • Ready to Report:  There are many ways to report scientific understandings and observations.
  • The Art of Recording:  Students will come to understand that there are many ways to record and organize data and observations, but that all need to be done with detail and accuracy.
  • Why Wonder?  Wondering creates a desire to explore the natural world and is, therefore, essential to the process and nature of science.