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Science - Fifth Grade 5.1

Animals Adapt
http://www.virginiazoo.org/education.php?Content=4-6

From the wetlands to the forest to the desert, no two animals occupy the same niche. How is this possible? Adaptations! Through meeting live animals from insects to mammals, students can discover how an animal's adaptations may change throughout their life cycle and how each animal's unique adaptations help them to survive in the wild. (Grades 4-6)

  • Location: Virginia Zoo
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 4.1, 4.5, 4.8, 5.1, 6.1 English: 4.1, 4.2 Math: 4.11
  • Time Required: 45-60 mins
  • Dates: Monday-Friday
  • Costs: Cost of Program on Zoo Grounds: Zoo admission fee plus $2.50 per participant (80 children maximum). Each additional program $2.50 per person ($75.00 minimum). Cost of Program at your Facility: Travel fee (based on roundtrip mileage from the Zoo) plus $2.50 per participant (80 children maximum). Each additional program $2.50 per person ($75.00 minimum).
  • Registration: You must pre-register for education programs through the Education Department. Please fill out a registration form and mail or fax it to us. You may also register online here. You must receive a confirmation letter from us before you are guaranteed a program. Please call us at 757-624-9937 ext. 299 if you have any questions or if you do not receive a confirmation letter.

Astronomy: Window to the Universe
http://www.vasc.org/Education/grades3-5.html

Since the beginning of civilization, we have looked to the heavens and gazed in awe at the wonders of the universe. What is a star? A planet? A moon? Board our starship "Explorer" destined to reach the outer limits of space and find the answers to these questions and more! Examine different types of telescopes and discover why they are our windows to the universe. (Grades 3-5)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 3.1, 4.1, 4.2, 4.7, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4
  • Time Required: 
  • Dates: available October 19-January 25
  • Costs:

Bring on the Noise
http://www.vasc.org/Education/grades3-5.html

Ready or not, we are bringing on the noise! So what is noise? Sound? Music? What is a medium for sound, and why do we need it? Find out as we explore the structure of sound as a form of energy and a means of communication. Experiment with sound waves and explore frequency, wavelength, and resonance. Use a sound wave to extinguish a candle! (Grades 3-5)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2
  • Time Required: ½ hour. Goes well with the traveling exhibit CIRCUS! Science Under the Big Top! (1/31/02 - 5/2/04). Available as an outreach program to your school
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Feathered Feeders
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_feathered.html

A truly "bird brained" lesson, this activity requires students to think like hungry birds, who must find food at the park. (Grades K-9)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks
  • SOLs Covered: Science K.1, K.4, K.8, 1.1, 1.5, 1.7, 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.5 , 5.1 , 6.1, 6.2, 6.8, 6.9 , LS.1, LS.4, LS.5, LS.9
  • Time Required: Time Required at the Park: 45 minutes, daylight hours, preferably low tide. 
  • Dates: Time of Year: All seasons.
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Going... Going...
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_going.html

In this activity, students demonstrate the forces of weathering and erosion and play a game that introduces them to the filtering action of shoreline or wetland plants. (Grades 2-9)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks 
  • SOLs Covered: Science 2.1, 2.6,2.7,3.1,3.6,3.7,4.1, 4.8.5.1, 5.7, 6.1, 6.2, LS.1, LS.12, ES.1, ES.2, ES.8, ES.10
  • Time Required: At the Park: Allow 20-30 min. for the game, and up to an hour to take the walk. 
  • Dates: Any time of year.
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Laser Beams & Light Sabers
http://www.vasc.org/Education/grades3-5.html

Bounce a laser beam off a mirror and see where it goes. Learn how lenses bend light beams so that we can see clearly. Find out how we learn about light through working with lasers, spectroscopes, and prisms. Explore properties of light like reflection, refraction, and diffraction. (Grades 3-5)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 3.1, 3.11, 4.1, 5.1, 5.3
  • Time Required: 30 minutes. Available as an outreach program to your school
  • Dates: 
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Jr. Space Colony
http://www.vasc.org/Education/grades3-5.html

Take a trip to the future as we colonize Mars. What obstacles do we have to overcome? Students work in teams to solve where to get energy, food, oxygen and water, and then create a hands-on model of their colony. They will also develop communications systems, build vehicles, and even invent new sports to be played in microgravity. (Grades 3-5)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science SOL: 3.1, 4.1, 5.1
  • Time Required: 1 hour. Schedule this with the demonstration Space Freeze II and the IMAX films Destiny in Space or Space Station. Available as an outreach program to your school.
  • Dates: 
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Mad Scientist
http://www.vasc.org/Education/grades3-5.html

Discover the mad scientist within! Use the scientific method to perform real experiments in our mad scientist laboratory. Form a hypothesis and then test your idea by creating and running your own experiment. Collect data through observations and use scientific reasoning to draw a conclusion. Explore the wild, and sometimes wacky, world of science. (Grades 3-5)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science SOL: 3.1, 3.3, 4.1, 5.1, 5.4 Mathematics SOL: 3.5, 3.14, 3.17, 3.23, 4.2, 4.11, 4.12, 4.13, 4.19, 5.8, 5.11 
  • Time Required: 1 hour. Available as an outreach program to your school.
  • Dates: 
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Magic of Electricity
http://www.vasc.org/Education/grades3-5.html

Make your students' hair stand on end! Learn about resistance, conductors and insulators. Discover the dangers and the power of electricity while observing and participating in experiments with our Van de Graaff generator and Jacob's Ladder. Get wired as we light up series and parallel circuits, and become part of open and closed circuits. (Grades 3-5)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 3.1, 3.3, 3.11, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.4 
  • Time Required: 30 minutes. Available as an outreach program to your school.
  • Dates: 
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Master Machines
http://www.vasc.org/Education/grades3-5.html

How do machines make our work easier? What does it take to build the basic machines we use daily? Translate the basic components of levers, screws, pulleys, wheels, axles, inclined planes, and wedges into the finished machinery of vehicles, carousels, and robots. See how you can lift your teacher! (Grades 3-5)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1 Mathematics: 3.14, 4.11, 5.11
  • Time Required: 30 minutes. Goes well with the IMAX® film THRILL RIDE: The Science of Fun, the program Scream Machines, and the traveling exhibit CIRCUS! Science Under the Big Top! Available as an outreach program to your school
  • Dates: 
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Moon Colony
http://www.vasc.org/museum2u.html 

Take an imaginary trip to the moon and construct a long-term cyber colony that is fully functional. Learn how to overcome similar problems that the Jamestown settlers faced. Learn about new problems that exist only in the hostile environment of outer space. Students will explore ways to use resources and create various means to sustain life on the moon by "growing" and "recycling" resources for daily living in a self-sufficient community. (Grades 4-6)

  • Location: Virginia Air & Space Center - Outreach
  • SOLs Covered: Mathematics: 4.5, 4.12, 5.21, 6.9, 6.10, Science: 4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 5.1, 6.3, 6.10, 6.11, Social Studies: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.2, 5.3, 6.10, 6.11
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  • Dates: 
  • Costs: Call (757) 727-0900, ext. 780 for more information on educational programs or to book an outreach.

Norfolk 1812
http://www.chrysler.org/programs/house_content.htm

Students explore the daily life of the Myers family in Federal-era Norfolk, then dip their own candle in this program. A pre-visit classroom outreach is included. (Grades 4 - 5)

  • Location: Moses Myers and Willoughby-Baylor House Programs
  • SOLs Covered: English: 4.1, 5.1, Science: 4.5, 4.8, 5.1, 5.6, History and Social Science: 4.1, 4.4, 4.7, 5.6, 5.9
  • Time Required: 1 ½ hours
  • Dates: Please call (757) 333-6269 or contact rsanchez@chrysler.org for information and reservations.
  • Costs: $4.00 per student.

Produce, Consume & Decompose
http://www.virginiazoo.org/education.php?Content=4-6
 

Are you responsible for the missing link? Plants and animals interact in an amazing way to form food webs, but one missing link in a food chain is enough for the whole web to come crashing down! Children will meet live animals and start to discover the role producers, consumers and decomposers play in this intricate web of life. (Grades 4-6)

  • Location: Virginia Zoo 
  • SOLs Covered: Science 4.1, 4.4, 4.5, 5.1, 6.1, 6.9 English 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 6.2
  • Time Required: 45-60 mins
  • Dates: Monday-Friday 
  • Costs: Cost of Program on Zoo Grounds: Zoo admission fee plus $2.50 per participant (80 children maximum). Each additional program $2.50 per person ($75.00 minimum). Cost of Program at your Facility: Travel fee (based on roundtrip mileage from the Zoo) plus $2.50 per participant (80 children maximum). Each additional program $2.50 per person ($75.00 minimum). Registration: You must pre-register for education programs through the Education Department. Please fill out a registration form and mail or fax it to us. You may also register online here. You must receive a confirmation letter from us before you are guaranteed a program. Please call us at 757-624-9937 ext. 299 if you have any questions or if you do not receive a confirmation letter.

Sand-Shakes & Mud-Pies
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_mud-pies.html 

Students collect sediment samples from different wet habitats, measure and compare sediment composition from these sites in order to find relationships between sediment size and various environmental factors. Elementary students separate and observe layers; older students make calculations based on their data. (Grades 4-12)
· Location: BayLink - State Parks

  • SOLs Covered: Science: 4.1, 4.8, 5.1, 5.7, 6.1, 6.2, 6.6, ES.1, ES.2, ES.8, ES.9, Math: 4.11, 4.12, 4.13, 5.3, 5.11, 5.17, 5.20, 6.7, 6.9, 6.10, 6.18,7.21, 7.23, 7.25, 8.18
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Scream Machines
http://www.vasc.org/Education/grades3-5.html

Students will explore how engineers use math and science to build their favorite roller coasters. Find out what it takes to make scream machines when we investigate the kinds of energy and forces at work in our everyday lives. Explore force, motion and energy through interactive demonstrations of push and pull, potential and kinetic energy, and gravity and friction. Then use your physics know-how to design and construct a roller coaster, complete with bumps, rolls and loop-the-loops. (Grades 3-5)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, Mathematics: 3.14, 3.15, 4.11, 5.11 
  • Time Required: 1 hour. Goes well with the IMAX® film THRILL RIDE: The Science of Fun, the demonstration Master Machines, and the traveling exhibit CIRCUS! Science Under the Big Top! (Jan. 31 - May 2, 2004). Available as an outreach program to your school.
  • Dates: 
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Seeds of Change
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_nbg4.html
 

Students will be able to: Recognize, compare and contrast the physical characteristics of seeds. Identify the parts of a peanut seed Observe and record the growth rate and habits of a variety of seeds. (Grades K-5)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks 
  • SOLs Covered: Science: K.1, K.8, 1.1, 1.4, 2.1, 2.8, 3.8, 3.10, 4.1, 4.4, 5.1, 5.5
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The Secret Garden
http://www.vmsm.com/teachers.html 

From dissecting an oyster to identifying the strange animals that make their homes on oyster reefs, your students will explore the concepts of life cycles, food webs and resource management. This hands-on program emphasizes the complexity of biological systems. Grades 4-6

  • Location: Virginia Science Marine Museum
  • SOLs Covered: SOLs: Science: Science: 4.1, 4.5, 4.8, 5.1, 5.5, 5.6, 6.8, 6.9, 6.11, LS.4, LS.7, LS.9, LS.11, LS.12, BIO.1, BIO.7, BIO.9 
  • Time Required: 
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Shake, Rattle 'N' Roll
http://www.vasc.org/Education/grades3-5.html

What shakes, rattles, and rolls to change the Earth? Discover how earthquakes, volcanoes, wind and water affect our planet. Examine fossils and rocks like real geologists and learn how to identify different types of rocks. Make an earthquake and record the seismic waves you create. Schedule this program with the IMAX film Ring of Fire. (Grades 3-5)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 5.1, 5.7
  • Time Required: 1 hour. Schedule this program with the IMAX film Ring of Fire. Available as an outreach program to your school
  • Dates: 
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Solve the Mystery of Exotic Aquatics
http://www.vmsm.com/teachers.html 

Solve a real-life mystery: What is the "foreign" animal they collected with native species? How did it get to the Chesapeake Bay? Program incorporates experiments, mapping exercises, and microscope work to help your students learn about the relationship between human activities and ecosystem dynamics. (Grades 4-12)

  • Location: Virginia Science Marine Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 4.1, 4.5, 4.8, 5.1, 5.5, 5.6, 6.1, 6.8, 6.9, 6.11, LS.4, LS.7, LS.9, LS.11, LS.12, BIO.1, BIO.7, BIO.8, BIO.9
  • Time Required: 
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Space Voyager
http://www.vasc.org/Education/grades3-5.html

Discover the challenges we face in our quests as space voyagers. See what happens to marshmallows and balloons in a vacuum. Discover what happens to motion and movement in microgravity. Understand what makes up outer space and how mankind has and can live and work - both in the present and the future - and best utilize this new frontier. (Grades 3-5)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science SOL: 3.1, 3.11, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.4
  • Time Required: 
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Under the Weather
http://www.vasc.org/Education/grades3-5.html

Find out how the weather affects our everyday lives and why we try to predict what Mother Nature will do next. How do high and low air pressure systems affect the weather? What causes major weather phenomena like tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms and lightning? How do meteorologists forecast the weather? Learn how to read weather maps, experiment with different types of weather instruments, discuss the water cycle, and find out how difficult it is to predict the weather. (Grades 3-5)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 3.1, 3.8, 3.9, 4.1, 4.6, 4.7, 5.1, ES.13
  • Time Required: 1 hour. Goes well with the IMAX film Stormchasers. Available as an outreach program to your school.
  • Dates: 
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Where the Water Falls
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_water-fall.html
 

Students will investigate interrelationships between flowing water and topography within a watershed. (Grades 4-9)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks 
  • SOLs Covered: Science 4.1, 4.8, 5.1, 5.7, 6.1, 6.2, 6.11, ES.1,ES.2, ES.3, ES.8, ES.9
  • Time Required:
  • Dates: any time of the year
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Whose Flotsom is This?
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_flotsom.html 

Until fairly recently, trash was just a noun. Your students know trash as a transitive verb also. To trash; to ruin a person, place or thing. This activity untrashes a park site, and contributes data to a national program which is a leader in the fight to stop global trashing. (Grades K-12)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks
  • SOLs Covered: Science: K.1, K.16, 1.1, 1.15, 2.1, 2.13, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.11; 6.2, 6.20, 6.21; 7.1, 7.5, 7.18; 8.1, 8.16, 8.17; 9.23. Social Studies: 3.3, 3.14, 3.15; 6.3, 6.5; 7.4, 7.9; 8.7, 8.8, 8.9, 8.10; 9.5, 9.6, 9.8, 9.9, 9.11; 11.2, 11.9
  • Time Required: Time Required at the Park: 60-90 minutes, near low tide. 
  • Dates: Time of Year: All seasons.
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WORLD WAR II The Home Front
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_macmem6.html 

Primary source documents, artifacts, and photographs located in one of the MacArthur Memorial’s classrooms spark discussion of what is was like to live in Norfolk during World War II. Time frame: 1941 and 1945. (Grades 4-9)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 4.1, 4.8, 5.1, 5.7, 6.1, 6.2, 6.6, ES.1, ES.2, ES.8, ES.9, Math: 4.11, 4.12, 4.13, 5.3, 5.11, 5.17, 5.20, 6.7, 6.9, 6.10, 6.18, 7.21, 7.23, 7.25, 8.18
  • Time Required: 2 hours
  • Dates:
  • Cost: Field Trips to the MacArthur Memorial can be taken without charge.

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