Nature's Adventure - DuPage Children's Museum

OPEN 9–4 Memorial Day | Monday, May 27

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Nature's Adventure

Students will engage in an animal role-playing game where they generate traits for a specific environment and determine how well they can survive. 


Student Challenge:

Using a role-playing card game, generate traits to become an animal for a specific environment. Make observations to determine how your traits help you move, find food and shelter, and protect yourself. Figure out what happens to you if your environment dramatically changes – will you still be able to survive? 


Learning Outcomes:

  • Make observations to identify how an animal’s specific traits help it live in its unique environment.
  • Make a claim about how an animal’s traits can help it survive (or not survive) when its environment changes. 


NGSS Connections:

Disciplinary Core Idea (DCI): 3-LS3-2 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

Science and Engineering Practice (SEP): Engaging in Argument from Evidence

Crosscutting Concept (CCC): Cause and Effect


Cross-Curricular Connections:

  • Common Core Math: MP3 Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • Common Core ELA: CC.SL.1 Comprehension and Collaboration: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • Social Emotional Learning: 3B.2a.Identify and apply the steps of systematic decision-making. 2c.3b. Demonstrate cooperation and teamwork to promote group effectiveness.



DCM Educators will bring custom role-playing cards for the game and materials for students to engage in a scientific drawing exercise. Students will work in small groups to play the game, guided throughout by the DCM Educator.

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1 session, 60 minutes


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Cost per Classroom (up to 30 students)

  • At DCM* – $250
  • In Your Classroom – $350
    (additional cost for schools greater than 20 miles from DCM)

* Include a Field Trip with your Arts & STEM with DCM Lab!
  An additional $9.50 per student


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