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
3. Bird Beak Game
4. Nature Trail Walk (No Paper)
5. Nature Trail Walk (Scavenger Hunt)
6. Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition
7. Five Senses
8. Owl Pellet ($2 Cost per Student)
9. Make a Chia Head
10. Life Cycle Papers (Frog and Butterfly)
11. Rock Cycle Game
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
19. Is it Magnetic?
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