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Animal Discovery (Preschool)

A quick, age-appropriate glance at Subphylum Vertebrata. Students will play a “game” and in the process discover new things about animals. This show is interactive and created specifically for kids under the age of 6. While we won’t limit group size, it will work much better for groups of 20 or less.

Animals include three of the following:

  • Cockroach
  • Frog
  • Lizard
  • Turtle
  • Snake

Animal Comparisons (Kindergarten)

Audience members play a game of "memory" to explore the differences between animal form and function. This is an inquiry based show that allows students to closely observe differences in body parts, body coverings, and specialized senses in many types of animals.
 

Animals include three of the following:

  • Tarantula
  • Frog
  • Lizard
  • Turtle
  • Snake

Classification
(First Grade)

An opportunity for students to explore how and why scientists classify animals. Students will use inquiry to classify animals.

Animals include three of the following:

  • Cockroach
  • Tarantula
  • Turtle
  • Snake
  • Lizard
  • Frog

Habitat Hunters
(Second Grade)

Description:

Students will explore different habitats and determine why certain plants and animals would or would not be able to survive in any particular environment.

Animals Included:

  • Cockroach
  • Frog
  • Lizard or Snake or Turtle

Nature Interactions (Third Grade)

Description:

Teaching how living things interact with each other to produce mutually beneficial conditions. Plants and animals will be discussed and students will help determine how living and non-living things interact in nature.

Animals Included:

  • Lizard
  • Turtle
  • Frog

Utah's Diversity
(Fourth Grade)

Utah’s Diversity: Discussion of different ecosystems in Utah and the kind of plants and animals that live there. This will be an interactive discussion through each of Utah’s 3 main ecosystems: Wetlands, Forests, and Deserts. Students will help the educator analyze each specimen and learn why they are found more commonly in one area over another.

Animals Included:

  • Tarantula or Lizard
  • Frog
  • Snake

Adaptations
(Fifth Grade)

Examining adaptations in plants and animals and how specific adaptations help species survive under varying conditions.

Animals include three of the following:

  • Tarantula
  • Frog
  • Turtle
  • Snake

Vertebrate Variety (General Audience)

Vertebrate Variety: Participants will learn the distinguishing characteristics of the 5 vertebrate classes; fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. This show is meant for museum visitors of all ages and can be easily adapted for any size group.

Animals Included:

  • Lizard or Snake or Turtle
  • Frog
  • Tarantula or Cockroach