Berkeley Natural History Museums
The Egg ActivityAdd to list Details
Learners observe the outside and inside of raw chicken eggs, record descriptions, and hypothesize what will happen when a facilitator drops an egg on the floor.
Scientific Measurement ExerciseAdd to list Details
Learners measure irregularly shaped bones using a variety of measurement methods and tools. Then, they measure again using standard conventions and metric tape measures.
Exercise in Creating Drawings for Field NotebooksAdd to list Details
Learners draw and describe a leaf, and then re-find leaves drawn and described by other learners. Learners can observe leaves outside, or leaves may be brought into the classroom.
Natural Selection in Protected and Unprotected PopulationsAdd to list Details
In this simulation, learners model two elephant seal populations and how they change over time. Learners start with cards representing a variety of seals.
Insect CollectionAdd to list Details
Learners use several types of insect sampling and collection equipment to make an insect collection. Learners can collect insects from their schoolyard or yard at home.
Dirt LifeAdd to list Details
After an interest-generating discussion about "dirt" and microbes, learners select and collect soil samples from a variety of locations (schoolyard, home, etc.).
Measuring BiodiversityAdd to list Details
Learners use a variety of beans to represent a variety of species, and scatter these beans over a large piece of paper representing the environment.