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This program is available two times on Thursday mornings in September, October and May. We recommend you plan a visit with a buddy teacher from your school.

We have Bilingual Educators! Let us know if any students or chaperones in your class might benefit from activities taught in: Cantonese, Mandarin, or Spanish.

Program Objectives

By the end of the program students will be able to:

  • evaluate collection tools in order to determine which are appropriate to collect and observe different organisms.
  • make observations and collect evidence about the biodiversity of macroinvertebrates found in the local environment.
  • identify ways data can be used to develop an understanding for how organisms can survive only in environments in which their particular needs are met.
Program Summary

How do scientists know what exists in an ecosystem? What are the tools that they use to find out? Academy scientists often spend their time in the field so they can collect specimens and make observations of the ecosystems that they study. This program aims to do just that- get students outside and help them understand the tools and tricks of the trade of field biologists.

During the program, students will engage in hands-on activities using science tools such as aspirators, nets and beating sheets. While collecting information about the macroinvertebrates in the gardens near the Academy, students will develop an understanding of biodiversity within small ecosystems in Golden Gate Park.


Classroom Curriculum Connections

This field trip program compliments the FOSS Curriculum: Environments, and FOSS Curriculum: Living Systems.

Additionally, you may also choose to teach one of our lessons related to this field trip.

Next Generation Science Standards

Science and Engineering Practices

  • Planning and Carrying Out Investigations: Evaluate appropriate methods and/or tools for collecting data. Make observations & or measurements to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence for an explanation of a phenomenon.
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Data: Represent data in tables and/or various graphical displays (bar graphs, pictographs, and/or pie charts) to reveal patterns that indicate relationships.

Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • 5-LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Organisms can survive only in environments in which their particular needs are met.

Crosscutting Concepts

  • Patterns: Patterns can be used as evidence to support an explanation.
  • Scale, Proportion, and Quantity: Natural objects and/or observable phenomena exist from the very small to the immensely large.
California State Science Standards

Grade 4

  • Life Sciences 3b. Students know that in any particular environment, some kinds of plants and animals survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

Grade 5

  • Investigation and Experimentation 6f. Select appropriate tools (e.g., thermometers, meter sticks, balances, and graduated cylinders) and make quantitative observations.
Grades: 4th Grade - 5th Grade
Program Duration: 70 minutes
Capacity: 35
Price: Free
Time Slots: 9:30 am, 11:30 am