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Field Trip Guide

Help Your Chaperones Meet Your Goals!

Start here to create an editable and printable document that outlines your field trip itinerary, learning goals, student questions, etc.


a. Below, filter Museum offerings by grade level and learning goal.

b. Select up to 4 offerings to add to your field trip guide. Your selections will be shown on the right.

c. Click the "Get Your Guide" button.

In Your Guide

Step 1: Offerings


74 Results

The following activity sheets match one or more of your selections.

  • Live Animal Presentation

    Live Animal Presentation

    With help from members of the Museum’s live animal collection, educators address behaviors, environments, classification, and adaptations. Observe a live animal and consider the characteristics and adaptations that help it live in its environment.

    • Recommended for Grades K - 12
    • Green Wing, Lower Level

    Starting Points

    • What are some ways this animal is adapted to its environment?
    • How might the animal’s features help it survive?
  • Live Animal Story Time

    Live Animal Story Time

    Hear a story and meet its animal star in a presentation made especially for our younger visitors!

    • Recommended for Grades Pre-K - 2
    • Green Wing, Lower Level

    Starting Points

    • What kind of animal did you see?
    • What did you learn about that animal?
  • Living on the Edge

    Living on the Edge

    Explore boundaries between land, air and sea in this set of dioramas and activities. Scientists have become increasingly fascinated by the study of these edges or fronts because of the new insigths they provide into bolologic and geologic patterns.

    • Recommended for Grades 3 - 12
    • Blue Wing, Lower Level

    Starting Points

    • How does the flow of wind affect the shape of a sand dune?
    • Have you visited any habitats where land an water meet? What were they like?
  • Magic Tree House: Space Mission

    Magic Tree House: Space Mission

    Travel with brother and sister duo, Jack and Annie, in their Magic Tree House--as they proceed to answer questions left for them in a mysterious note signed "--M.", receiving help from an astronomer, an astronaut, books, and the note's author along the way!

    • Recommended for Grades 2 - 5
    • Red Wing, Level 1

    Starting Points

    • What tools can you use to learn about space?
  • Making Models

    Making Models

    Discover how scientists and mathematicians use models to learn about things that are too big or too small to work with directly. Maps, charts, and graphs are all models.

    • Recommended for Grades K - 8
    • Blue Wing, Level 1

    Starting Points

    • Can you find a model of something that is larger than life? Smaller than life? Life size?
    • Can you use different types of models to represent the same thing?
  • Mapping the World Around Us

    Mapping the World Around Us

    The world of maps is one of infinite possibilities. They help us navigate from here to there, but they can also be abstractions, diagrams of relationships or interactions over time. This exhibit shows several samples of different types of maps, and it also invites you to create your own!

    • Recommended for Grades K - 12
    • Blue Wing, Level 1

    Starting Points

    • What kinds of maps can you find in this exhibit? Why do scientists use different kinds of maps for different things?
    • Create a map of your bedroom. How is it similar to your real bedroom? How is it different?
  • Math Moves! Experiencing Ratio and Proportion

    Math Moves! Experiencing Ratio and Proportion

    Bigger / smaller, faster / slower, heavier / lighter — use your body to explore ratios and proportion in our newest math exhibit!

    • Recommended for Grades 1 - 8
    • Blue Wing, Level 1

    Starting Points

    • Try "Shadow Fractions" and use the shapes on the table to make shadows. Create a story about the relationship between the shadows. Compare the size of the shape to its shadow. Line one type of shape up so each shadow is twice as big as the next.
    • The 3 chairs are part of a pattern. Measure and predict the size of the next biggest chair, how big would it be?
    • What is a ratio? Head over to the “Sensing Ratios” activity. What happens to the graph when you move the knob to your right? How can you move both knobs together to graph a horizontal line?
  • Mathematica: A World of Numbers and Beyond

    Mathematica: A World of Numbers and Beyond

    See the most compelling images and stories from the many branches of mathematics. Create soap bubble models of three-dimensional cubes and pyramids. Examine the huge Mobius band, which is an unusual shape with only one surface. Look for patterns throughout the exhibit, such as the pattern made by the balls falling in the "Probability Machine."

    • Recommended for Grades Pre-K - 12
    • Blue Wing, Lower Level

    Starting Points

    • Make some patterns with the sand pendulum. Is the pattern the same each time?
    • What happens to the balls in the “Probability Machine”? What kinds of shapes do they make as they fall?
  • Museum of Science Then and Now

    Museum of Science Then and Now

    Chronicling how the Museum of Science has evolved over the last 180 years to meet the changing needs of society, this exhibit tells our story through artifacts and interactive displays — from the "Chamber of Curiosities" to visions of the future.

    • Recommended for Grades 2 - 12
    • Blue Wing, Level 2

    Starting Points

    • What is your favorite artifact in this exhibit?
    • Why would the Museum want to preserve old exhibits?
  • Nanotechnology


    Learn how scientists can manipulate matter on a very tiny scale to build materials and devices used in computing, engineering, medicine, and other fields. Also check out the Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show. For schedules, visit

    • Recommended for Grades 3 - 12
    • Blue Wing, Lower Level

    Starting Points

    • What is nanotechnology?
    • Have you ever used something that incorporates nanotechnology? How does it help us?