Science on the Go is a professional development program designed to help K-8 educators become more comfortable teaching science through NGSS-aligned lessons that are hands-on, inquiry-based, and incorporate cooperative learning.
For more than 25 years, our experienced education staff has been working side-by-side with teachers in classrooms throughout Chicago.
Professional Development Program Highlights
With Science on the Go, you'll invest in:
- A professional development workshop to prepare for classroom implementation
- 9 NGSS-aligned lessons that explore local Life Science content and include materials for all lessons
- 3 lessons taught by a Museum Educator in your classroom
- Models best practices in science education
- Utilizes unique museum resources from our living and preserved collections
- A focused field trip to the Nature Museum including a full bus reimbursement
2019/2020 Quarter 4 Curriculum Choices
Quarter 4 runs April 21-June 5, 2020.
Nature in the City, K
Take a walk around the neighborhood—what plants and animals will you see? Use observations, discussions, and scientific drawings to explore ecosystems on the ground, in the trees, and near buildings.
NGSS: K-ESS3-1, K-ESS2-2
Habitat Seekers, Grades 1-2
Explore the animals and habitats of the Midwest! Discover the different ways adult animals care for their young in wetland, prairie, and woodland habitats.
NGSS: 1-LS1-2, 2-LS4-1
Budding Sprouts, Grades 1-2
Discover how plants spread without being planted and nurtured by humans! Use hands-on modeling to explore plant parts, pollination, and seed dispersal.
NGSS: 1-LS3-1, 2-LS2-2
Freshwater Flashback, Grades 3-4
What lives in—or used to live in—Chicago's Great Lakes environment? Students will examine evidence of the ways local freshwater ecosystems have changed over time.
NGSS: 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-1, 4-ESS3-2
Insect Investigators, Grades 3-4
Did you know that insects represent over 80% of the species alive on Earth? Explore the body structures, behaviors, and life cycles of Chicago’s fascinating local insects.
NGSS: 3-LS1-1, 3-LS4-3, 4-LS1-1
Chicago's Nature Network, Grades 4-5
What is Chicago's apex predator? Explore the food web and connections between living and non-living things in our urban ecosystem.
NGSS: 4-LS1-1, 5-LS2-1
Climate Change in Chicago, Grades 6-8
How are local species affected by climate change? Students will construct an explanation about the cause of a changing climate and its effect on biodiversity in the Chicagoland area.
NGSS: MS-ESS3-4, MS-LS2-2
Interrupted Ecosystems, Grades 6-8
What happens to ecosystems when 12 million people move in? Students will analyze and interpret data, construct arguments, and explore the dynamic ecosystems of Illinois to discover how organisms respond to human disruptions.
NGSS: MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-4
2019/2020 Science on the Go Registration
Submit this inquiry form to find out more about how to register for Science on the Go. Registration for Quarter 4 of the 2019/2020 school year is now open. If your school is interested in Science on the Go for the 2019/2020 school year, use the form below to get in touch with our program manager. Our program manager will then follow up with program information and registration forms.
Registration for Quarter 4 ends Thursday, March 19, 2020.