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Science - First Grade 1.2
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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The Garden Ecosystem (Grades 3-4)
http://www.virginiagarden.org/school.htm#school 

Students will investigate and understand how plants and animals in an ecosystem interact with one another and the non-living environment. Students will explore habitats and niches, discover behavioral and structural adaptations and understand the flow of energy through the food web.

  • Location: Norfolk Botanical Gardens
  • SOLs Covered: Math: 3.17, 5.11, Science: 3.5, 4.5, K.2, 1.2, 2.2, 3.1, 4.1
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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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Let the Sun Shine In!
http://www.vims.edu/adv/ed/bt/bt99lessons2.html
 

Students observe that muddy water blocks sunlight. They consider how soil might get into water and infer the effects on underwater grasses and animals. They dramatize connections among sun, earth, plants, people, and blue crabs in their eelgrass environment; then make a collage illustrating the crabs in an eelgrass environment.

  • Location: Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8 
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Props, Wings & Flying Things
http://www.vasc.org/Education/preK-2.html
 

Celebrate the Centennial of Flight with the Wright Brothers! Discover the "Wright" answer to the question "How do you fly?" Where and how did Orville and Wilbur build the first airplane? Does weather affect the way airplanes fly? See what it takes to push an airplane across the sky, and find out why it sometimes is better to be little than big! (Grades Pre-K – 2)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: K.4, 1.2, 2.6, Social Studies: K.1, K.3, 1.2
  • Time Required: 30 minutes. Goes well with the IMAX film Straight Up! Helicopters in Action, a tour of the new Adventures in Flight Gallery, and the traveling exhibits Before the Wrights: The Dream of Flight (Oct. 3, 2003 - Jan. 1, 2004) and Orville and Wilbur: The Wright Legacy (Nov. 1, 2003 - Jan. 11, 2004). 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.

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.

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 SOL: 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.

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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