Preschool program at the Science Center

Grades Pre-2

INDOOR PROGRAMS

Fur, Feathers, and Scales | Grades Pre, K, 1

Mammals, birds, and reptiles - what do they have in common and what makes them different? Students will meet a live animal from each group as they address these questions and learn skills such as sorting and classification.
Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

  • K-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes – Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • 1-LS3-1 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits – Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.

Have to Have a Habitat | Grades K, 2

Animals live everywhere around us, but no matter where they live they all have basic needs of food, water, shelter, air, space, and sun. See three different live animals and learn how each meets its habitat needs.
Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

  • K-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes – Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • K-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity – Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.
  • 2-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity – Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

Marvelous Mammals | Grades K,2

From herbivores and insectivores, to carnivores and omnivores, mammals have a range of functions in the natural world. Live mammals and hands-on props help students gain insight into the marvelous lives of mammals and the diverse habitats where they live.
Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

  • K-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes – Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • K-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity – Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.
  • 2-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity – Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

Stories on the Wild Side | Grades Pre, K, 1, 2

Reading and science come together in this fun program blending storytelling with up close encounters with live animals. We will read aloud a short story featuring animals and the natural world, followed by a visit from one or two of the story’s wild characters.
Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

  • K-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes – Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • K-ESS2-2 Earth's Systems – Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.
  • K-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity – Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.
  • 1-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes – Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
  • 1-LS1-2 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes – Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.
  • 2-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity – Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

OUTDOOR PROGRAMS

Animals and Their Five Senses | Grades K

Animals rely on their senses for survival. Through outdoor exploration and active games, students discover how different animals use hearing, smell, sight, touch, and even taste to help them survive. Visit with a live animal to observe its senses in action.
Available, Fall, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

  • K-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes – Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

Discover Winter | Grades K, 1

Learn what animals do in winter and how they cope with cold. Through outdoor exploration, active games, and an engineering design challenge, students learn how animals meet their needs during this difficult time of year.
Available: Winter, at SLNSC or your site

  • K-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes – Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • 1-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes – Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.

Everything Has A Place | Grades K, 2

Students learn about habitat through hands-on outdoor activities. They investigate a variety of natural communities and discover how animals and plants fulfill their habitat needs for water, food, shelter, air, and sun.
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

  • K-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes – Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • K-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity – Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.
  • 2-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity – Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

Exploring Our Five Senses | Preschool

Awaken your students’ senses to the incredible natural world around them as they explore the outdoors. Students learn about their senses through a special activity for each sense. Visit with a live animal to observe its senses in action.
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

Insect Adventure | Grades 1, 2

Creep, crawl, hop, and jump! Investigate one of the largest groups of animals on Earth - insects. Students become junior entomologists as they collect and identify these six-legged creatures from fields or ponds.
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

  • 1-LS3-1 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits – Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.
  • 2-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity – Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

Shaping the Granite State | Grade 2

In our Granite State, geologic forces shaped the New Hampshire we know today. Through hands-on activities students identify landforms and water bodies on a map, build a landscape model, and test the effects of erosion and weathering on that model landscape. Meet a live animal influenced by the region’s geology.
*Maximum of 24 students per program
Available Fall, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC

  • 2-ESS1-1 Earth's Place in the Universe – Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.
  • 2-ESS2-1 Earth's Systems – Compare multiple solutions designed to slow or prevent wind or water from changing the shape of the land.
  • 2-ESS2-2 Earth's Systems – Develop a model to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area.
  • 2-ESS2-3 Earth's Systems – Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid.
  • K-2-ETS1-3 Engineering Design – Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
For questions or to schedule your field trip contact Jeremy Phillips, School Programs Coordinator/Naturalist at 603-968-7194 x 18 or email
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