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 1 Curriculum Choices
Quarter 1 runs September 26-November 8, 2019.
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
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-LS2-1
Insect Investigators, Grades 3-4
Did you know that insects represent over 80% of the species alive on Earth? Explore the body structures and their functions, behaviors, and life cycles of Chicago’s fascinating local insects.
NGSS: 3-LS1-1, 3-LS4-3, 4-LS1-1
Midwest Ecosystems, Grades 4-5
What makes a wetland a wetland? Are certain animals only adapted to survive in a woodland? Can fire in a prairie be a good thing? Explore interactions within the three main ecosystems of the Midwest.
NGSS: 4-LS1-1, 5-LS2-1
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
Registration for Quarter 1 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. Registration for Quarter 1 ends Thursday, September 5, 2019.