The Museum’s North American Dioramas reveal the diversity of life on our continent.  Using these “windows into the natural world” to illustrate the concept of biodiversity, this program will compare and contrast the variety of plant and animal life associated with these representatives of North America's biomes.  The contributions of biotic and abiotic factors to species diversity will be explored using activities and hands-on objects.


Grade Level: Elementary

Core Science Curriculum Framework Standards:


Next Generation Science Standards:

2-LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

  • 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

2-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

  • 2-LS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.


Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Analyzing and Interpreting Data

  • Developing and Using Models

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

  • LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

  • LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • Structure and Function

  • Cause and Effect

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