IN-SCHOOL VISITS - INSIDE YOUR CLASSROOM OR ON YOUR SCHOOL GROUNDS
We come directly to your school with our 45 minutes programs. Many of these programs can be held outside, on your school grounds.
- Seasonal Changes and Weather
- Animal Homes and Structures
- Life Cycles (chick hatching for schools that incubate eggs)
- Sunflower Planting
- Beekeeping and Pollination
- Insect Safari and Cricket Habitat
- Plant dissection, microscope observation, flower flow experiment
We will bring scientific equipment, pond water, and creatures that live in the pond, directly to your classroom for study.
Students will be introduced to scientific inquiry using basic lab equipment including microscopes, petri dishes, and pipettes. Students will learn how to prepare their own slides for viewing under a microscope lens. Live creatures, such as a frog, turtle, and crayfish will be observed for learning purposes.
Students will have had an introduction into the use of authentic scientific tools in which to investigate organisms that live in pond water. They will understand that ponds are able to sustain both microscopic and larger creatures. They will be able to describe the differences and similarities between the observed creatures. They will be able to communicate why these specimens have adapted to survive in their habitat.
Students will work in teams to mimic an authentic scientific lab experience. A TNAC Environmental Educator will guide the students on how to properly and safely use their supplied equipment. They will first prepare slides, then view those slides through the microscope lens to observe microscopic life in motion. Students will have an up-close view of live animals from which to observe the inherited traits that allowed them to adapt and survive in pond water for millions of years. Additionally, they will learn how the environment can have an impact on the development of their unique body characteristics.
LS4.C: Adaptation:For any particular environment, some kinds of organisms survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. (3-LS4-3)
LS3.B: Variation of Traits: Different organisms vary in how they look and function because they have different inherited information. (3-LS3-1) The environment also affects the traits that an organism develops. (3-LS3-2)
LS4.B: Natural Selection: Sometimes the differences in characteristics between individuals of the same species provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing. (3-LS4-2)