Build your supportive classroom learning community around the wonder of relevant, observable science.
Provide your students with unique experiences that inspire their connection to the natural world using accessible, NGSS-aligned curricula through Science on the Go. Nurture academic and emotional growth with collaborative thinking and interactive exploration activities.
With Science on the Go you’ll experience both professional learning and practical support through a curriculum-specific workshop, all lesson materials prepped, and an ongoing partnership with a museum educator to collaborate around classroom implementation and reflection. For over 30 years, our experienced education staff has been working side-by-side with teachers and their students throughout Chicago.
Science on the Go registration is now open for the 2023-2024 school year. Quarter 4 implementation runs April 9 – May 24, 2024. The registration deadline is March 21, 2024. Click the button below to register your classroom.
Science on the Go Program Highlights
With Science on the Go, you’ll invest in:
- Professional Development workshop to prepare for classroom implementation
- Nine NGSS-aligned lessons that explore local science content with all teacher and student materials and documents provided
- All curricula include authentic connections to Chicago’s natural world that foster curiosity and wonder and promote social and emotional well-being
- All interactive and student materials will be provided in English and Spanish to support students and teachers as they make nature and science connections in the classroom
- Three lessons taught in your classroom by a visiting museum educator, modeling best practices in science education and incorporating unique resources from the Nature Museum’s living and preserved collections
- A Field Trip experience to connect classroom learning to real-world experiences at the Nature Museum (including a Field Trip bus reimbursement for an in-person visit, or Virtual Field Trip Workshop for classrooms whose school policy does not include field trips)
Science on the Go Curriculum Choices for Q4
Quarter 4 implementation runs April 9 – May 24, 2024. The registration deadline is March 21, 2024. Click the button below to register your classroom. Browse our Quarter 4 curriculum choices below, or click here to see the full suite of curriculum choices with descriptions and NGSS alignment for grades K through 8.
Trees Near Me
Explore the ways trees around us affect their surroundings and change over time, and how other living things use structures and senses as they interact with the trees.
NGSS: K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-3, 1-LS1-1
Making Sense of Butterflies
Investigate the ways butterflies find out about the world around them. Explore the unique ways each species responds to the information they collect to increase their chances of survival.
NGSS: 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 2-LS4-1
What is this plant and how did it get here? Explore plants, what they need to survive in one place, and how they might get to a new location.
NGSS: 2-LS2-2, 2-LS2-1, 1-LS3-1
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
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
What’s happening in the woodland? Explore how organisms of all sizes, from fungi to frogs, get the matter and energy they need for survival.
NGSS:4-LS1-2, 5-LS2-1, 5-PS3-1
Plants, Matter, Energy!
Investigate the complex role of plants in their ecosystems: the interactions that sustain both plants and animals, and the process plants use to cycle energy and matter into their environments.
NGSS: MS-LS1-4, MS-LS1-5, MS-LS1-6
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
Science on the Go Registration
Science on the Go registration is now open for the 2023-2024 school year. Quarter 4 implementation runs April 9 – May 24, 2024. The registration deadline is March 21, 2024. Click the button below to register your classroom. Click the button below to register your classroom.
Nature Museum educator visits and PD workshops will be in-person and follow all public health, district, and school guidelines. If local health protocols preclude in-person programming, virtual programming will be substituted.
Have questions about the Science on the Go program? Please contact our program manager by clicking the button below.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is Science on the Go?
Science on the Go is a quarter-long program. Each quarter lasts about 7 weeks.
How many students in a “classroom”?
A “classroom” of Science on the Go is the group of students who regularly learn science together at your school in the same place at the same time (often one homeroom group, or one period group).
What if I teach science to more than one group?
Register each group for their own “classroom” of Science on the Go.
Can I do Science on the Go for more than one quarter?
Absolutely! There are multiple curricula in each grade band to choose from. Register for each quarter separately.
Science on the Go Teacher Feedback
The materials provided gave every student an entry way into inquiry. The organization of the lessons helped students to be able to have multiple ways of engaging in topics.
Students work together to discuss and reflect. Sharing findings builds their self-esteem. Now my students are paying more attention to nature nearby!
We utilized the Spanish language resources. Thank you for providing the great graphic organizers and other visual resources as well as hands on materials. Great for ELLs!
My students were already active, excited learners. Science on the Go just made it so much easier to provide them the time and space to engage in scientific learning.
It was really helpful to see the lesson modeled at the PD workshop, and actually participate in it from a student-facing experience. It was much easier for me to implement the SOG plan after PD.
I would recommend SOG to any of my colleagues. I thought it was a great program and I especially appreciated how all lesson materials were so painstakingly prepared and organized in advance. It was so user friendly.