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Science - Fifth Grade 5.3

Astronomy: Window to the Universe

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
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  • Dates: available October 19-January 25
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Laser Beams & Light Sabers

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: 
  • Costs:

WORLD WAR II The Home Front 

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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