8–10 years old: Exhibition program Let's discover!

Children in Life gallery

Look carefully, ask questions, work together, come up with solutions… Become a researcher in Naturalis and explore the dinosaur era, the Ice Age and life in the present day. Discover what a T. rex looked like, how a mammoth behaved and how animals hide from their enemies. On completion of this program, you'll be a real nature expert! 

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This program is offered in English. If you are interested in this program, simply book your visit online by filling in this application form.

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Everything you need to know
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  • Type: exhibition program
  • Level: groups 5 and 6 (8–10 years old)
  • Length: 90 minutes
  • Number of pupils: at least 15, but no more than 108
  • Areas: the  galleries Life, Dinosaur Era and Ice age
  • The school supplies: one parent/supervisor for every 10 pupils/students
  • Naturalis supplies: one educational assistant
  • Main objective: pupils gain experience with research and learn to derive function from form
  • Link to core objective: pupils are taught about the structure of plants, animals and humans and about the form and function of their constituent parts
  • Keywords: research skills, scientists, research, science-positivity, form-function, animal behavior

Course of the program
at the museum

The schedule given below is an indication only.

0-20 minutes
Pupils examine a small object from nature (shell or fossil). Then they make a fist with the object in it, so they can't cheat. How well did they examine the object? The assistant asks a few questions about it. They have now briefly practiced research skills. These are needed to investigate well and are explained in two videos. The pupils practice investigative skills for the investigation that they then conduct in the museum themselves.

15-50 minutes
In the galleries, pupils gain experience with research skills. When the entire exercise booklet is completed, they earn a sticker that they collect from a supervisor. Then pupils are ready for a real research assignment.

50-90 minutes
As a 'practiced' researcher, the pupils choose a research assignment. They can choose from three research questions per gallery or an open research sheet, where they can come up with their own research. The research assignments focus on form & function and animal behavior. The completed research assignment goes with the group to school. In addition, each group receives a large research poster. With this poster, the research can be continued in class.

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