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Science - First Grade 1.1
Adopt A Tree
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_nbg1.html

Students will discover the importance of trees by adopting a tree and observing the tree over several visits throughout the year. Students will observe the tree's seasonal changes, discover the life history of a tree, and witness a wide variety of birds, insects and mammals that live in trees. (Grades K-4)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks
  • SOLs Covered: Science: K.4, K.6, 1.1, 2.8, 3.10, 4.4; English: 1.12, 2.9, 3.2, 3.8, 4.1, 4.2, 4.7, 5.1, 5.7
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Animal ABCs
http://www.valivingmuseum.org/site_pages/
teachernatural.htm

Come discover the animal ABC's of survival on land, air and water! Examine bats, snakes, owls and others for these special adaptations. Grades 1-2

  • Location: Virginia Living Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 1.1 1.5 2.1 2.5
  • Time Required: 45 minutes
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  • Costs: Fee (includes self guided visit): Contract Schools-Free, Non-contract schools-$6.50 per student ($150 minimum) For more information or to make a reservation, call the Reservations Coordinator at 757-595-9135 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m

Balls, Ramps & Rolling Things
http://www.vasc.org/Education/preK-2.html 

Explore the world of forces and motion. Investigate the forces of gravity and friction, and how they affect the games we play. Experiment with ramps, gears, magnetism, and all kinds of rolling things. Schedule this program with the IMAX film Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun. (Grades Pre-K – 2)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: K.1, K.3, K.4, 1.1, 1.2., 2.1, 2.2
  • Time Required: 1 hour. Goes well with the IMAX film Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun. Available as an outreach program to your school.
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  • Costs: Call (757) 727-0900, ext. 780 for more information, to book a group or schedule an educational program.

Beaver Tails
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_beaver.html 

There is something intriguing about beavers. It is easy for us to see them in terms of human activity: engineers, architects, and homemakers. Beavers, like humans, don't just live in their environment, they change it, thereby affecting all of their neighbors. Beaver activity has shaped some park environments. This activity explores their effect. (Grades K-10)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks
  • SOLs Covered: Science: K.1, K.2, K.6.17, 3.1, 2.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.10, 4.1, 4.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.8, 6.9, 6.11, LS.1, LS.4, LS.7, LS.8, LS.9, LS.11, LS.12, BIO.1, BIO.9 .1.1, 1.2, 1.5, 1.7, 2.1, 2.5, 2. English K.13, 1.3, 2.11, 3.7. 3.9.4.7, 4.8, 5.7, 6.1, 6.3, 6.7, 6.8, 7.1, 7.8, 7.9, 8.1, 8.5, 9.4, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9
  • Time Required: Time Required at the Park: 1 to 2 hours, daylight hours. Small quiet groups may glimpse a beaver in evening or early morning (special arrangements may be necessary). 
  • Dates: Time of Year: Any time is suitable, but in fall there will be more fresh sings, since beavers are most active then.
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Big Band
http://www.childrensmuseumva.com/exhibits.html

Stroll among some REALLY BIG instruments and explore how sounds are made.

  • Location: The Children Museum, Portsmouth
  • SOLs Covered: Science: K.1, K.2, K.4, 1.1, 2.1, 3.1, English: K.1
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  • Costs: We can accommodate up to 150 students. Price for SOL based program is $5.00 per student. For reservations call 393-5258 Ex 10.

Day and Night
http://www.valivingmuseum.org/site_pages/
teacherspace.htm
 

The earth as it turns on its axis produces the most profound change in the sky apparent to the young child. Day and Night deals with the relative motions of the sun and earth in a way easily understood by the students. (Grades 1-2)

  • Location: Virginia Living Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 1.1, 1.6, 2.1
  • Time Required: 45 minutes
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  • Costs: Fee (includes self guided visit):
    Contract Schools-Free
    Non-contract schools-$6.50 per student ($150 minimum) For more information or to make a reservation, call the Reservations Coordinator at 757-595-9135 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m

Digging Into the Past
http://www.vmsm.com/teachers.html

Explore a time when the giant shark, Megalodon patrolled the Chesapeake Bay. Students become paleontologists underathing, identifying and analyzing fossil finds.

  • Location: Virginia Science Marine Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 1.1, 3.1, 3.7, 5.7, LS.14, ES.8, ES.10-11
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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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Fish Focus: Saltwater Fish of the Chesapeake Bay
http://www.vmsm.com/teachers.html
 

We bring live fish right to your classroom - water included! Involve your students in hands-on activities that teach about fish and underwater habitats in an exciting way. Support for this program was provided by the Virginia Recreational Fishing Development Fund.

  • Location: Virginia Science Marine Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 1.1, 1.5, 1.8, 2.5, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.5, 4.8, 5.6, 6.9, LS.7, LS.9, LS.10, LS.11, Bio.5, Bio.7, Bio.9; History: 2.10, 3.12
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Lighthouse Lore
http://www.mariner.org/education/
maritime_history.html#Anchor-MARITIM-694
 

Explore the role that lighthouses have played in helping ships safely navigate the waterways. Learn what it was like to be a lighthouse keeper and how lighthouse design and technology have changed through the ages. Lighthouses from around the Chesapeake Bay and along the coastlines of the United States will be explored in this enlightening program. (Grades K-3)

  • Location: The Mariner's Museum, Newport News 
  • SOLs Covered: History and Social Science: K.2, K.6, K.8, 1.6, 2.3, 3.8; Science: K.2, K.5, K.8, 1.1, 1.2, 1.6, 2.6, 2.7, 3.8, 3.10, 3.11
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Living with the Indians (on-site program at Jamestown Settlement) http://www.historyisfun.org/visitus/handsonJS.cfm
 
Corn grinding, hide scraping, and cordage making are some of the activities students may try in the recreated Powhatan Indian village as they explore the culture of the Powhatans. Also available: Living with the Indians Primary Program for preschool, kindergarten and first-grade students. Program available for youth/student and Legacy Learning group participants. Also available: Living With the Indians Primary Program for preschool, kindergarten and first-grade students. Click here to view and download PDF booklet.

  • Location: Jamestown Settlement
  • SOLs Covered: History and Social Science: VS.2, VS.1, USI.3, USI.1, K.1, 2.2, 2.3 Mathematics: K.14, 1.17, 1.19, 1.20, 2.18, 3.23, 4.19 Science: K.4, K.2, K.10, K.1, 1.1, 1.5, 1.7, 2.1, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 3.1, 3.10, 3.2, 4.2, 4.8, 6.2 English: K.3, K.2, K.13, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 4.1, 6.2
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Living with the Indians (outreach program)
http://www.historyisfun.org/visitus/
outreachvirginia.cfm

Students handle and analyze clothing, bone tools, pottery, and other reproduction artifacts of the Powhatan Indian culture. They learn the ways the Powhatans effectively used their environment and the day-to-day jobs in and around a Powhatan village. Classes also receive materials to make their own rope.

  • Location: Jamestown Settlement
  • SOLs Covered: History and Social Science: VS.2, VS.1, USI.3, USI.1, K.1, 2.2, 2.3 English: K.3, K.2, K.13, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 4.1, 6.2 Science: K.4, K.2, K.10, K.1, 1.1, 1.5, 1.7, 2.1, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 3.1, 3.10, 3.2, 4.2, 4.8, 6.2
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  • Costs: Cost for outreach programs is $1.00 per student within Virginia. Special rates are available for schools that also visit one of our museums. For additional information or to schedule an outreach program, contact group reservations and outreach education at (757) 253-4939, fax (757) 253-4997, or email groupreservations@jyf.state.va.us.

Space Freeze I: A Cryogenics Demonstration
http://www.vasc.org/Education/preK-2.html 

Find out how the extreme cold of outer space affects living things, inanimate objects and potential building materials through demonstrations with liquid nitrogen. See what happens when flowers, hot dogs, plastic, metal and more, encounter a space freeze as we simulate the unique environment of outer space. This demonstration goes well with the program Spock's World and the IMAX film L5: First City in Space or Space Station. (Grades Pre-K – 2)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: K.1, 1.1, 2.1, 2.3 
  • Time Required: 30 mins. Goes well with the program Spock's World and the IMAX film L5: First City in Space. 
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  • Costs: Call (757) 727-0900, ext. 780 for more information, to book a group or schedule an educational program.

Seeds of Change
http://www.virginiagarden.org/school.htm#school

From the tiny celery seed to the 40 pound coco-de-mer, most plants grow from seeds. Seeds are also used in making everything from toothpaste, to film and candy bars. Seeds of Change introduces students to seeds and allows them to examine different seeds, crack open a seed to reveal the tiny embryo and plant a seed to take home. (Grades 1-5)

  • Location: Norfolk Botanical Gardens
  • SOLs Covered: Math: K.19, K.12, 1.20, 2.15, 3.4, 4.11, 5.11, Science: 1.4, 1.5, 2.8, 4.4, English K.2, 1.2, 2.2, 3.1, 4.1
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The Sky Tonight
http://www.valivingmuseum.org/site_pages/
teacherspace.htm
 

Prominent stars and constellations of the season will be featured in this interactive program as well as any planets or celestial events which may be visible around the date of the visit. (Grades K-12)
· Location: Virginia Living Museum

  • SOLs Covered: Science: K.1, 1.1, 3.1, 4.7, 6.2, 6.10
  • Time Required: 45 minutes
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  • Costs: Fee (includes self guided visit): Contract Schools-Free, Non-contract schools-$6.50 per student ($150 minimum) For more information or to make a reservation, call the Reservations Coordinator at 757-595-9135 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m

Space Rover
http://www.vasc.org/museum2u.html 

Experience the great distances, temperatures, and pressures that make up the outer space. Participate in activities showing the sun-Earth-moon system and mankind's exploration of this frontier. Make astronaut puppets and work in teams to assemble a space shuttle Grades K-2.

  • Location: Virginia Air & Space Center - Outreach
  • SOLs Covered: Science: K.1, K.4, 1.1, 1.2, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.3
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  • Costs: Call (757) 727-0900, ext. 780 for more information on educational programs or to book an outreach.

Spock's World
http://www.vasc.org/Education/preK-2.html 

Help Mr. Arthur, our astronaut puppet, prepare for his trip to the moon. Explore the basics necessary to live, work and play in space. Discover what spaceship materials and foods work best in space. Find out how math can help you colonize the moon through ordered sets, shapes, and colors. Collect "moon rocks" from our simulated moon surface. Schedule this program with the IMAX® films L5: First City in Space or Space Station and the demonstration Space Freeze I or Measure the Moon. (Grades Pre-K – 2)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: K.1, K.2, K.4, 1.1, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.1, 2.5, Math SOL: K.2, K.19, 1.17, 1.20
  • Time Required: 1 hour Schedule this program with the IMAX® films L5: First City in Space and the demonstration Space Freeze I. Available as an outreach program to your school.
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  • Costs: Call (757) 727-0900, ext. 780 for more information, to book a group or schedule an educational program.

Stormy Sounds and Seagulls
http://www.vims.edu/adv/ed/bt/stormy1.html
 

Listen for the rain - Will there be a hurricane?

  • Location: Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 1.1, 1.5, 2.5, 2.6, 1.7, 2.7, 3.4
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Structures: From Pyramids to Space Stations
http://www.vasc.org/Education/preK-2.html
 

Take a journey from the Egyptian pyramids of the past to a Mars Base of the future. Learn how physical environment and technology influence buildings and their materials, including the current construction of the International Space Station. Explore basic building techniques from cave men to the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt and then put your engineering skills to work as you build bridges, pyramids, and arches. Travel back in time to the pyramids with the IMAX film Mysteries of Egypt. (Grades Pre-K – 2)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Mathematics: K.13, K.14, K.15, 1.16, 1.17, 2.18, 2.20, Science: K.1, 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, Social Studies: 1.1, 1.7, 2.
  • Time Required: 30 minutes. Travel back in time to the pyramids with the IMAX film Mysteries of Egypt. Available as an outreach program to your school.
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  • Costs: Call (757) 727-0900, ext. 780 for more information, to book a group or schedule an educational program.

Down to Earth
http://www.vasc.org/Education/preK-2.html 

Use all of your senses to get "down to earth" and explore your world! Discover what makes up the Earth, how mountains are formed, and how Earth changes daily. Classify rocks, and see how you can break them with water. Learn how soil is created and then make your own! Sort animals into their habitats. Investigate how the sun affects Earth and what causes day and night. Pair this program with the Disney's IMAX film The Lion King. (Grades Pre-K – 2)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: K.1, K.2, K.4, K.5, K.9, K.10, 1.1, 1.3, 1.6, 1.8, 2.1, 2.3, 2.7
  • Time Required: 1 hour. Pair this program with the IMAX film Grand Canyon. Available as an outreach program to your school.
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  • Costs: Call (757) 727-0900, ext. 780 for more information, to book a group or schedule an educational program.

Water Critters
http://www.valivingmuseum.org/site_pages/
teachernatural.htm
 

Fins, flippers and other unique adaptations for life in water are compared in various aquatic animals. Includes "hands-on" specimens—frogs, turtles and even crabs! (Grades 1-2)

  • Location: Virginia Living Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 1.1 1.5 2.1 2.5
  • Time Required: 45 minutes
  • Dates: 
  • Costs: Fee (includes self guided visit):Contract Schools-Free
    Non-contract schools-$6.50 per student ($150 minimum) For more information or to make a reservation, call the Reservations Coordinator at 757-595-9135 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Wee Weather
http://www.vasc.org/Education/preK-2.html
 

Explore the wonderful world of weather, from precipitation and wind, to sunshine and storms. See how the sun is the source of all our weather. Use weather symbols on a map to illustrate the weather outside and learn about weather safety. Observe how a thermometer measures temperature, and then choose clothing and pictures from our grab bag that match the seasons. Learn how clouds form and then match clouds to different weather conditions. Be sure to plan a visit to our exhibit, Wild, Wild Weather. (Grades Pre-K – 2)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: K.1, K.8, 1.1, 1.6, 1.7, 2.1, 2.3, 2.6
  • Time Required: 1 hour. Goes well with the permanent exhibit Wild, Wild Weather. Available as an outreach program to your school.
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  • Costs: Call (757) 727-0900, ext. 780 for more information, to book a group or schedule an educational program.

Where in the Woods? Adventure Packs
http://www.virginiagarden.org/school.htm

Explore the Garden on your own with a Where in the Woods? These backpacks contain 10 fun, hands-on activities, maps, hand lenses, a compass, a tree identification book and a story book. Each pack contains enough material for 15 students. To reserve an Adventure Pack, please call 441-5830 ext. 338.

  • Location: Norfolk Botanical Gardens
  • SOLs Covered: Science: K.4, K.6, 1.1, 2.1, 2.8, 3.1, 4.1, 4.4, Math: K.12, 1.17, English: K.1, 1.1, 1.11
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  • Cost: The fee for the use of the use of the Adventure Packs is $4 per student and includes admission, a one-time family admission pass and a 30-minute narrated train tour.

Whose Clues?
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_clues.html 

This activity focuses on actual clues left behind by various animal suspects. From this evidence, students make inferences about both the perpetrators and the circumstances under which the clues were left. (Grades K – 10)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks
  • SOLs Covered: Science: K.1, 1.1, 1.5, 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 3.10, 4.1, 4.5, 5.1, 5.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.9, LS.1, LS.4, LS.10
  • Time Required: Time Required at the Park: 1 hour, daylight hours. 
  • Dates: Time of Year: All seasons.
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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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Yorktown Victory Center Sampler Tour
http://www.historyisfun.org/visitus/
groupprograms.cfm

This tour led by a trained educator is designed to help groups get the most out of limited time at either museum by highlighting exhibits in the galleries and living history areas. Guides will cover the standards appropriate for your grade-level. Please let us know if specific standards should be addressed. 

  • Location: Jamestown Settlement Center
  • SOLs Covered: History and Social Science: WHII.6, WHII.1, WG.9, WG.7, WG.6, WG.3, WG.2, VUS.4, VUS.3, VUS.1, VS.6, VS.5, VS.4, VS.1, USI.6, USI.5, USI.1, K.8, K.7, K.6, K.5, K.4, K.3, K.2, K.1, GOVT.2, GOVT.1, CE.9, CE.4, CE.2, CE.1, 1.1, 1.11, 1.12, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 2.10, 2.11, 2.12, 2.3, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.10, 3.11, 3.12, 3.3, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9 , Mathematics: K.14, K.12, 1.15, 1.17, 2.18, 3.23, 4.18, Science: PS.10, PH.4, PH.3, LS.8 PS.1, LS.4, K.6, K.4, K.2, K.1, ES.7, ES.5, ES.2, BIO.9, BIO.8, BIO.7, 1.1, 1.2, 1.5, 1.7, 2.4, 2.8, 3.1, 3.2, 4.8, 6.2, English: K.8, K.3, K.2, K.13, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2, 7.1
  • Time Required: 1 hour
  • Dates: Contact group reservations at (757) 253-4939 for further information or to book your group. Tours and on-site programs are offered 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. year-round, except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
  • Costs: Minimum 15 students.

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