The Museum on the Move (MoM), presented by the Museum of Natural History, visited the Fourth-grade classes of Art City Elementary School on October 1, 2012.
The purpose of the MoM is so classes can look through microscopes and learn about fossilized skulls and feathers as well as rocks and other related items.
In one class room the students learned about Utah animals. There were two science labs; one lab you guessed if a skull was from an herbivore, omnivore, or a meat eater. The second lab we used the microscopes to look at all different kinds of animals. Lauren said, "It was very cool and fun because we had the opportunity to learn and I love to learn and have fun, we learned a lot about really cool things about Utah animals everything was different. "
As per the MoM website these are the classes in which they offer:
- · Rocks and minerals: Learn methods of identifying and classifying rocks and minerals. Compare sediment samples and record and make inferences based on your observations.
- · Utah Animals: Adaptations and Classification: Discover adaptations of Utah animals by studying physical specimens such as skulls and feathers from the Museum. Devise your own classification methods and record your data.
- · Fossils: Evidence of Utah's Past: Discover different types of fossils by examining specimens from the Museum’s collections. Explore what Utah looked like in distant ages and infer what fossils tell us about our state’s past.
- · The Great Salt Lake: Uniquely Utah: Observe some of the unique adaptations that plants and animals living in the habitats that make up the Great Salt Lake ecosystem have to survive. Make inferences based on observations and record your data.
MoM uses highly engaging Museum specimens and practices inquiry-based instruction. MoM is made available to all public schools within the state of Utah at no charge. Funding is provided by the Utah State Legislature and by the Utah State Office of Education's Informal Science Education Enhancement (iSEE) fund. (Quoted from http://www.nhmu.utah.edu/mom)