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Overview of Lessons

Each lesson is approximately one hour.


1.  Animals of the Adair Center

Students will look at all the animals of the Adair Center.  We will talk about their basic needs for living for younger groups and the animal’s adaptations for older groups.  We will pet/hold/feed many of the animals. 

2.  Build a Bird

Students will build a 2D paper bird from many choices of beaks, feet, heads, and tails.  Students will have to also make a habitat for their bird to live in.  Students must include a safe place, water, and food in their bird’s habitat.

3.  Bird Beak Game

Students will be a bird for this game.  They will use 3 different types of beaks to “hunt” with.  Students will have 30-45 seconds each round and they must determine what type of beak works best for each type of food source.

4. Nature Trail Walk (No Paper)

A relaxing but educational walk on our Nature Trails.  We will stop and talk about plants and animals as we see them on the trails.

5. Nature Trail Walk (Scavenger Hunt)

Students will have their own scavenger hunt paper while on the trails.  They must look for different types of plants, animals, food sources, water sources, plant and animal defenses, and many more! 

6. Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition

Students will take a walk on our nature trails while looking for examples of weathering, erosion, and deposition.  Students must describe what they see and also draw an example. 

7. Five Senses

Students will walk on the nature trails while writing what they see, smell, taste, hear, and feel while on the trails.

8. Owl Pellet ($2 Cost per Student)

Students will dissect an owl pellet.  Students will separate the bones of the prey animals of the owl onto a bone chart. 

9. Make a Chia Head

Students will create a Chia head with soil, seed, water, and light.  They will be allowed to take their projects home to watch their seeds grow into plants.

10.  Life Cycle Papers (Frog and Butterfly)

Students will color and cut out two life cycle sheets.  They will create a frog life cycle flip book and a colorful butterfly life cycle matching paper.  

11.  Rock Cycle Game

Students will take part of a walk through rock cycle game.  There will be 10 stations around the room with spinning wheels at each station.  Students will spin the wheel and walk through the rock cycles as told where do go by the spinners. 

12.  Closer Look at Rocks

Students will get a box of metamorphic, sedimentary, and igneous rocks to look at.  We will look at them up close with hand lens and describe their properties of each type. 

13.  Sand, Silt, Clay 

Students will look at premade jars of soil mixes.  We will shake the jars up and look at them in one hour and see how they settled.  In between looking at the jars, we will use soil sifters to separate sand, silt, and clay. 

14.  Insulators or Conductors

Students will be given a conductivity tester to use during this lab.  Students will be allowed to test different objects to determine if they are insulators or conductors.

15.  Microscope Lab

Students will look at different slides under the microscope.   Students will be able to look at different types of plant and animal cells and draw what they observe.

16.  Quantitative vs Qualitative

From a tub of various items, students will be given items for which they will tell one quantitative and one qualitative statement for each.  Students will be asked to share their observations if time allows. Best done in small group setting. 

17.  Water Drops on a Penny

Students will experiment to determine how many drops of water will fit on a penny.  We then change from just normal water to water with soap in it and see if that changes our data.  It is a good experiment for teaching the scientific method.  Each student will be provided a penny and water dropper to use during experiment. 

18.  Science Tools

Various instruments used in science will be displayed (i.e., digital Scales, balance scales, triple beam balance, thermometers, hand lens, and others).  The students will have to make observations of the room, items, or other things using their science instruments.  Best done in small group setting. 

19.  Is it Magnetic?

Each student will use a magnet to move around the room testing various objects. 
 

20.  Using Magnets

Students will get a mixture of sand, bens, metal, and corn.  The students must use the materials provided to separate the mixture. 

21.  Playdoh Animals

 Students will make animals using Playdoh.  

22.  Reading Hour

Students will read books about plants, animals, and many other topics from our hundreds of book choices. 

23.  Cabin Tour

Students will tour the old pioneer cabin.  Students will look at the different tools used to build the cabin and different items in the cabin. 

24.  Making a Mold and Cast Fossil ($2 Cost per Student)

Students will make a mold and cast fossil using modeling clay and plaster.  They will need to take them home/back to school and let them dry for a day. 

25.  Natural Selection Game

Students will play a jumping game to show them how natural selection works in animal populations. 

26.  Ole Dear Game

Students will play a game to show how animals depend on food, water, shelter, and space and what happens if one or more resources run out.

27.  How Big is our Solar System? 

Students will color a paper cut out of a planet.  After all planets are colored, we will go outside and walk off a scale model of our solar system.  We will also show how all the planets move in orbit around the sun.

28.  Crazy Adaptations Lab

Students will have to create an animal off of 100% chance using dice.  After they get all their information, they must draw their animal in their habitat with their food sources. 

29.  Marble Roller Coasters

Students will apply their understanding of those concepts as they construct and test their roller coaster. Through a cycle of building, testing, observing and revision, students will gain an experiential understanding of fundamental physics concepts and the basics of successful roller coaster construction. Students will also have an unstructured opportunity to hone teambuilding skills as they communicate with their peers during roller coaster construction.

(Used plan from http://www.instructables.com/id/Marble-Roller-Coaster/ )

30.  Rope Swing and Smores

If teacher wishes, we will go outside and make Smores and swing on our rope swing during our lunch hour.


By Clayton Cotney

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