Students will go on an adventure hike where they will use their observational skills to discuss the difference between living and non-living things. A hands on activity will engage these young scientists in sorting various objects into groups to help them reinforce the difference and characteristics of living vs. non-living.
CT Core Science Curriculum and Assessment Framework: PK.2.a, COG 1, COG 3, COG 5, P & S 9
Kindergarten: Exploration Program:
During an exploration hike students will discuss seasonal variations and plants and animals and how their similarities and differences help us to classify them. Observing various collected and wild specimens will emphasize the difference between living and non-living things. In addition an easy to care for live cricket habitat will be constructed which will go back to the classroom so students can continue learning about the needs of living things.
CT Core Science Curriculum and Assessment Framework: K.2.a, A4, A5, A6
We also offer in-school programs, including: Animal Homes and Structures; Weather and Seasonal Changes; Seed planting and Live Specimens; and Egg Hatching (as a supplemental program for schools that hatch eggs as part of their science curriculum.)
Please email us for more details on our in-school Kindergarten programs.
Grade 1: Plants and Insects:
We offer three options for Grade 1, which could be held in-school on separate days, or all on one day at our site:
Option A: Beekeeping & Pollination
Option B: Insect Safari and Cricket Habitat
Option C: Plant Dissection and Flower Flow Experiment
A Framework for K -12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. 1-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes.
Grade 2: Soil Investigation Program:
Students will explore and examine such topics as soil formation, its components and properties. They will participate in 3 fun hands-on field experiments where they will investigate various soil types and even construct a worm farm to take back to the classroom to learn about worms and their interactions with the soil.
CT Core Science Curriculum and Assessment Framework: 2.3.a, 2.3.b, A21, A22
Grade 3: Habitat Program:
Students will visit TNAC for a hands-on and interactive experience examining forest, meadow and wetland habitats. They will use critical thinking skills to explore plant and animal adaptations as they relate to these ecosystems. Students will be able to compare and contrast the similarities and differences of various environments. They will use their creativity and imagination to design an original creature that might live in one of these habitats.
CT Core Science Curriculum and Assessment Framework: 3.2.a, B3, B4
Grade 4: Plants and Erosion Program:
Students will dissect real flowers to learn about plant structure, photosynthesis, growth, and reproduction through pollination. Using this hands-on approach, students will gain a better understanding of how the food we eat has a complex path to our tables. Students will also go on an exploration to identify various types of erosion that have shaped the landscape. Plus, they will participate in a fun (and messy!) activity, that will test various erosional forces on mud-constructed mountains.
CT Core Science Curriculum and Assessment Framework: 4.2.a, B10, B11