built to surviveGrade K - Built to Survive (K)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Science (K.1, K.6, K.7); 2009 Math (K.10)

How does an animal survive in their habitat? What are the basic needs of an animal? Do specialized body parts help to support an animal's ability to live? Students will participate in experiments that demonstrate some unique characteristics in the bird world; by looking closely at individual body parts, we can learn how an animal is built to survive! 

pass the saltGrade K - Pass the Salt (K)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Science (K.1, K.2, K.5, K.7) 

Why is the ocean so salty? That is the question we will explore in our investigation of fresh and salt water. These two types of water are not interchangeable when it comes to living organisms. Students will use their five senses to observe the physical properties of water, describe them and discover the specific differences that are unique to each type of water. A little bit of salt goes a long way! 

sensational animalsSensational Animals (K)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Science (K.1, K.2, K.4)

Animals have amazing and often enhanced senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. Through a variety of engaging activities which showcase animal adaptations, students will compare their five senses to animals with extraordinary senses.

count my legsCount My Legs! (1st grade)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Science (1.1, 1.5, 1.7); 2009 Math (1.1a)

Students observe different organisms, such as mealworms, ladybugs, hissing cockroach, centipedes, and millipedes, via preserved and living specimens. They will discuss their life needs and classify these organisms based on their physical characteristics. The relationship of weather to their life processes is discussed. These organisms are identified as being part of a system of living things interdependent with the environment.

Ill hugg and puffI'll Huff and I'll Puff (1st grade)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Science (1.1, 1.6, 1.7); 2009 Math (1.14, 1.15)

Did you know The Three Little Pigs were engineers? In this lesson, students will explore the engineering strategies of The Three Little Pigs and construct housing for their own "little pig." Houses will be built to protect their pig from extreme weather conditions (tornadoes and earthquakes). Students will compare houses and decide for themselves the most effective construction. If a pig can construct a "weatherproof" house, so can your first graders!

rotating from day to nightRotating from Day to Night (1st grade)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Science (1.1, 1.2, 1.6, 1.7)

Students use models and conduct activities that demonstrate the relative position of the Earth and Sun to each other, discovering why we have night and day and the science behind why we have four seasons. Using a light source to represent the Sun, students act out this relationship in a concrete fashion, including an experiment that illustrates the movement of the Sun from east to west and the Sun as a source of light and heat for the Earth. Come rotate with us today!

 Lesson Requirements: Large floor space, ability to darken room, scissors

arthropod cyclesArthropod Cycles (2nd grade)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Science (2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 3.4)

Students will learn about the life cycle of arthropods as they observe them via living specimens. They will discuss how arthropods are classified based on two or more attributes and the series of changes they go through in their life cycles. Students understand that living things are part of a system and are interdependent with their living and non-living surroundings.

how bamboo are youHow Bamboo Are You? (2nd grade)

Standards of Learning: 2010 Science (2.1, 2.4, 2.8); 2009 Math (2.3a, 2.3b, 2.11a)

Students investigate the life cycle of various plants and understand the basic structure and function of plant anatomy. An inquiry into the usefulness of plant products will heighten students' awareness of the importance of plants as a natural resource. Hands-on investigation of bamboo specimens and products engineered from bamboo will expand students' knowledge of sustainable resources and their use.