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Science Teacher Gallery Guide

In our galleries we address the following science and engineering practices:

  • Asking questions and defining problems
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

See below to find out how the Oklahoma History Center addresses the three domains of science education.

Oklahoma Academic Standards How the Oklahoma History Center Addresses Academic Standards

Physical Science

  • Demonstrate understanding and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object (KPS2-1).
  • Plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light. Construct an argument with evidence that some changes caused by heating or cooling can be reversed and some cannot (1PS4-3/2PS1-4).
  • Describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties and determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose (2PS1-1&2).
  • Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide (4PS3-3).
  • Generate and compare multiple solutions that use patterns to transfer information (4PS4-3).
  • Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society (MSPS1-3).
  • Use our interactives in the Kerr-McGee and OneOK galleries to demonstrate the effects of different strengths and directions of push/pull motion on an object
  • Speak with museum staff about the effect of light, heat and cooling on objects, and the potential reversibility of these elements through preservation/conservation
  • Observe our collection items to describe/classify different kinds of materials and discuss how the materials used were selected as best suited for the intended purpose
  • Visit our Space and Oil/Gas exhibits to explore the changes in energy that occur when objects collide
  • Examine past examples and use our Explore History app to explore how patterns were/are used to transfer information (telephones, code talkers, language, etc.)
  • Walk through our Commerce and Oil/Gas exhibits to garner an understanding that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society

Life Science

  • Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs (1LS1-1).

Walk the Red River Journey to observe the diversity of life in different regions of Oklahoma

Life Science

  • Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats (2LS4-1).
  • Read text and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive (1LS1-2).
  • Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, less well, or cannot survive at all. Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change (3LS4-3 & 4).
  • Use models to explain factors that upset the stability of local ecosystems (5LS2-2).
  • Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations (6MSLS2-4/7MSLS1-5/HSLS2-6/HSLS2-6).
  • Design, evaluate, and refine solutions for maintaining biodiversity, ecosystem services, reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment biodiversity (6MSLS2-4&5/HSLS2-7).
Visit our galleries to:
  • See what materials and strategies past Oklahomans used to survive and innovate by mimicking plants and animals
  • Read and hear stories of parents and children surviving in Oklahoma's past
  • Observe and discuss the benefits of Oklahoma's natural resources and the effects when those resources change or disappear
  • Analyze the solutions utilized by Oklahomans following the Dust Bowl and how they re-established biodiversity in the fragile ecosystem
  • Examine strategies for reducing the impact of human activities on the environment

Earth and Space Science

  • Use observations and represent data in graphical displays of the sun, moon, and stars to describe/reveal patterns that can be predicted (1ESS1-1/5ESS1-2).
  • Communicate, evaluate and refine solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment (1ESS3-1/5ESS3-1/HSESS3-4).
  • Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth's features (4ESS2-2).
  • Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from renewable and non-renewable resources and how their uses affect the environment (4ESS3-1).
  • Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth's mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes (MSESS3-1/HSESS3-5).
  • View the Pawnee Star Chart and visit the C. A. Vose Sr. Space Wing to see representations of the Sun, Moon, and stars
  • In all galleries examine scientific solutions Oklahomans have utilized to reduce the impact of humans on Earth's resources and environment
  • Walk the Red River Journey and stop by the Research Center to analyze and interpret maps to describe and understand Earth's features
  • Visit the Kerr-McGee Gallery and the Devon Energy Oil & Gas Park to gather information about non-renewable resources and how the presence of oil and natural gas in Oklahoma is the result of past and current geoscience processes and has social, political and economic effects


Check out more subject-based and gallery-specific guides on our website: okhistory.org/historycenter/fieldtrips