Third Grade Virtual Field Trips

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Animated logo with text 'Virtual Field Trip to the California Science Center' and 'for grades K-5'

Engage your class in a selection of grade-specific, standards-based activities! All activities and lessons were carefully crafted with an eye towards Next Generation Science Standards for Third Grade students.

Available in two exciting topics:

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Third Grade Life Science: Time Will Tell

How do the changes in an environment affect what lives there?

Take your third grade scientists on a virtual field trip that will blast them to the past as they think about evidence that tells us more about the history of a place. Students will also learn about present day environments to explore how changing surroundings can affect how well organisms who live there can survive. Encourage your third graders to construct scientific explanations anchored in evidence and prepare them to engage in argument!

Next Generation Science Standards Addressed

3-LS2-1, 3-LS4-1, 3-LS4-3 and 3-LS4-4

Live Virtual Program

Invite educators from the California Science Center to visit your classroom virtually to explore our urban ecosystem and learn more about our wildlife neighbors.

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Educator holding plush mountain lion to computer camera for virtual presentation.
LIVE Virtual Program reservation information
  • Contact us at 213-744-2019 for more information and to reserve your program
  • Cost: $250 for up to 32 students (approx. 1 class)
  • Program Length: 45 minutes
  • Availability: Tuesdays-Fridays 8:30am or 9:45am
  • We provide a hosted meeting link for your students to join virtually.

Please Note:

Reservations for the 2021-22 school year are no longer available. Check back soon to reserve your Live Virtual Program for the 2022-23 school year!

On-Demand Video

Join our educators on a nature walk around the California Science Center to explore clues from the past and present. Think about how an environment transforms over time and how those changes can affect what lives there.

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Educator Monica holds magnifying glass to her eye in order to examine small fossils on table

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Educator Mariela holds magnifying glass to her eye in order to examine small fossils on table

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Downloadable Activity Guide

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Preview image of student activity guide in English.

Students will play a game using household supplies to model how much food a bird can catch in a given environment. Using data from the game, students will construct an argument about how certain adaptations, like beaks, affect survival when the environment changes.

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Preview image of student activity guide in Spanish.

Third Grade Physical Science: Fantastic Forces

How can we make something move?

Inspire third graders to think about invisible forces in our virtual field trip to the California Science Center. Get curious about how things move and what influences motion while dropping, flicking and blowing on objects!

Next Generation Science Standards Addressed

3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2 and 3-PS2-3

Live Virtual Program

Our educators will take your class on a virtual field trip to find out how forces are applied in everyday scenarios and how they work to launch a shuttle, like our Endeavour Space Orbiter!

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Educator displaying a paper rocket model for virtual presentation
LIVE Virtual Program reservation information
  • Contact us at 213-744-2019 for more information and to reserve your program
  • Cost: $250 for up to 32 students (approx. 1 class)
  • Program Length: 45 minutes
  • Availability: Tuesdays-Fridays 8:30am or 9:45am
  • We provide a hosted meeting link for your students to join virtually.

Please Note:

Reservations for the 2021-22 school year are no longer available. Check back soon to reserve your Live Virtual Program for the 2022-23 school year!

On-Demand Video

Join our educators as they lead you in exploring the static electricity and magnetic forces around the California Science Center.

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Educators experimenting with magnets and toy cars

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Educators experimenting with magnets and toy cars

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Downloadable Activity Guide

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Preview image of student activity guide in English.

Students will play a shuffle-board inspired physics game to investigate forces and practice predicting patterns of motion.

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Preview image of student activity guide in Spanish.

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