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Science - Fourth Grade 4.1

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

Assignment Earth
http://www.valivingmuseum.org/site_pages/
teacherspace.htm
 

This program explores the place of the Earth in our solar system, and its special relationship with the Sun and Moon. Our delightful "alien" guide will capture the student's attention as he explains the Earth's motions and their effects on the strange creatures that live on our planet. (Grades 3-4)

  • Location: Virginia Living Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 3.1, 3.8, 3.11, 4.1, 4.7
  • 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.

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:

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.
  • Cost:

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
  • Dates: 
  • Costs:

Charge It
http://www.vasc.org/museum2u.html
 

This introduction to the magic of electricity is sure to make your students' hair stand on end as they learn about the wonderful world of atoms and electrons! Students will discover the dangers and the power of electricity while observing and participating in experiments with our Van de Graaff generator and Jacob's Ladder. (Grades 3-9)

  • Location: Virginia Air & Space Center - Outreach
  • SOLs Covered: Sciences: 3.1, 3.3, 3.11, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, LS.1, PS.1, PS.2, PS.3, PS.6, PS.11, ES.2, ES.12, ES.13, BIO.1, CH.2, CH.6, PH.1, PH.3, PH.4, PH.6, PH.8, PH.12, PH.13, Health SOL: 3.19, 3.23, 5.21, 8.15, 8.18
  • Time Required: 
  • Dates: 
  • Costs: Call (757) 727-0900, ext. 780 for more information on educational programs or to book an outreach.

Dinosaurs
http://www.valivingmuseum.org/site_pages/
teachernatural.htm

Come discover the most up-to-date information about T-Rex, "Brontosaurus" and other dinosaur relatives. Touch "living fossils" and meet a possible living descendent of these prehistoric giants. (Grades 3-4)

  • Location: Virginia Living Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 3.1 3.4 3.5 4.1 4.5
  • 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.

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.
  • Cost:

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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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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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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Hot Foot
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_hot-foot.html
 

Students will investigate variations in temperature and its possible effect on location of living things. (Grades 4-12)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks 
  • SOLs Covered: Science 4.1, 4.5, 4.6, 6.1, 6.2, 6.8, LS.1, LS.4, LS.10, BIO.1, BIO.3, BIO.9 Math 4.7, 5.3, 5.11, 5.17, 6.2, 6.18, 7.21, 8.18, 8.19
  • Time Required: At the Park: 1/2 to 1 hour, any time of day. 
  • Dates: Any time of the year.
  • Cost:

Jamestown Settlement Guided Tour
http://www.historyisfun.org/visitus/
groupprograms.cfm
 

Let our Foundation guide lead your group on a curriculum-based, inquiry-oriented tour of Jamestown Settlement. Students get involved with significant aspects of the English, Powhatan, and African cultures of the 17th-century colony at Jamestown Settlement. During tours, students handle reproduction objects, think about history through provocative questions, talk with costumed interpreters, and experience living history and gallery exhibits. Tours address the History and Social Science SOL's listed. 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.5, WHII.4, WHII.1, WHI.2, WG.9, WG.7, WG.6, WG.3, WG.2, WG.12, WG.1, VUS.3, VUS.2, VUS.1, VS.4, VS.3, VS.2, VS.1, USI.5, USI.4, USI.3, USI.2, USI.1, K.8, K.7, K.6, K.5, K.4, K.3, K.2, K.1, GOVT.2, GOVT.17, GOVT.1, CE.9, CE.4, CE.2, CE.1, 1.11, 1.12, 1.4, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 2.10, 2.12, 2.2, 2.3, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.10, 3.11, 3.12, 3.3, 3.7, 3.9 Mathematics K.14, K.12, 1.15, 1.17, 1.19, 1.9, 2.18, 3.23, 4.18 Science PS.10, PS.1, PH.4, PH.3, LS.4, LS.12, K.5, K.4, K.3, K.2, K.10, K.1, ES.7, ES.5, ES.3, ES.2, BIO.9, BIO.8, BIO.7, 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 3.1, 3.10, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.5, 4.8, 6.2 English K.8, K.3, K.2, K.13, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2, 6.2, 7.1
  • Time Required: 2 hours
  • 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:

Jamestown Settlement 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. Minimum 15 students. Tours address the History and Social Science SOL's listed. 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.5, WHII.4, WHII.1, WHI.2, WG.9, WG.7, WG.6, WG.3, WG.2, WG.12, WG.1, VUS.3, VUS.2, VUS.1, VS.4, VS.3, VS.2, VS.1, USI.5, USI.4, USI.3, USI.2, USI.1, K.8, K.7, K.6, K.5, K.4, K.3, K.2, K.1, GOVT.2, GOVT.17, GOVT.1, CE.9, CE.4, CE.2, CE.1, 1.11, 1.12, 1.4, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 2.10, 2.12, 2.2, 2.3, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.10, 3.11, 3.12, 3.3, 3.7, 3.9 Mathematics K.14, K.12, 1.15, 1.17, 1.19, 1.9, 2.18, 3.23, 4.18 Science PS.10, PS.1, PH.4, PH.3, LS.8, LS.4, LS.12, K.5, K.4, K.3, K.2, K.10, K.1, ES.7, ES.5, ES.3, ES.2, BIO.9, BIO.8, BIO.7, 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 3.1, 3.10, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.5, 4.8, 6.2 English K.8, K.3, K.2, K.13, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2, 6.2, 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:

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: 
  • Costs:

Living Planet
http://www.vasc.org/Education/grades3-5.html 

Take a safari across our planet to discover how Earth is unique and how we can help conserve her natural resources. Find out how the water cycle affects living things and see photosynthesis in action. Discuss food chains, habitats, and ecosystems. Explore different types of energy and discover how we can convert energy. Create a model of one of the basic types of habitats. Schedule this program with the IMAX films Blue Planet or Disney's The Lion King. (Grades 3-5)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.10, 3.11, 4.1, 4.4, 4.5, 4.8, 5.1, 5.5
  • Time Required: 1 hour. Schedule this program with the IMAX films Blue Planet or BUGS! Available as an outreach program to your school.
  • Dates: 
  • Costs:

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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Managing Our Environment 
http://www.virginiazoo.org/education.php?Content=4-6 

Our environment is a delicate balance of plants, animals and people all dependant upon the others for survival. Local, state and federal governments have roles in managing our natural resources, but we must be responsible too. While touring our new African exhibit, your class will discover how governments are trying to protect the last great wilderness and how their decisions affect the local people and animals. They will also learn what organizations like the zoo are doing to help and to also protect our own local wildlife. 

  • Location: Virginia Zoo
  • SOLs Covered: Mathematics: 4.11, 4.19, 5.11, 5.17, 6.10, 6.17 Science: 4.1, 4.5, 4.8, 6.1, 6.11, 6.2 English: 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 6.2
  • Time Required: 45-60S mins.
  • Dates: 
  • Costs: *This class is limited to 30 students at a time.

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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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.

Reasons For The Seasons
http://www.valivingmuseum.org/site_pages/
teacherspace.htm
 

Children know about the seasons with their changing weather and temperatures, but the reasons why the seasons change are very difficult concepts to grasp. This program focuses on the earth's orbit around the sun and the changes it produces in the sky. (Grades 4-5)

  • Location: Virginia Living Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science 4.1, 4.7
  • 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.

Researching the Bay
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_res-bay.html

This activity teaches students some of the skills needed for researching Chesapeake Bay information. Included are suggestions for students to make the research process less taxing, resource lists for students and teachers, and ideas for teachers to increase student success. (Grades 4-12)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 4.1, 4.5, 4.8. 6.1, 6.2, LS.1, LS.12 English: 4.4, 4.5, 4.7, 4.8, 4.9, 5.7, 5.8, 6.1, 6.2, 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 7.8, 7.10, 8.1, 8.4, 8.5, 9.4, 9.6, 9.7, 9.8, 10.1, 10.2, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 12.6, 12.7, 12.8 12.9, 12.10, 12.13 C/t 5.4
  • Time Required: 2-4 class periods.
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Roll With the Pitch: The Wright Flyer and Beyond
http://www.vasc.org/museum2u.html 

Explore the physical laws involved in flight, from birds and airplanes to the Space Shuttle and not so futuristic space planes. Work with Bernoulli's principle, the four forces affecting flight and Newton's Laws of Motion. Learn about the basic principles of aerodynamics, airfoil design and airplane/space plane lift, thrust and control. (Grades 4-10)

  • Location: Virginia Air & Space Center - Outreach
  • SOLs Covered: Sciences SOL: 4.2, 4.5, 4.6, 6.3, 6.10, PS.10, PH.5, PH.6
  • Time Required: 
  • Dates: 
  • Costs: Call (757) 727-0900, ext. 780 for more information on educational programs or to book an outreach.

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.
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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 
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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
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Space Freeze II: A Cryogenics Demonstration
http://www.vasc.org/Education/grades3-5.html

Plunge into the extreme cold of outer space and discover how it affects living things, inanimate objects, and potential building materials. See what happens when flowers, hot dogs, plastic, metal, and more, encounter a space freeze as we simulate the unique environment of outer space. Schedule this demonstration with the IMAX film Space Station and the program Space Colony. (Grades 3-5)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science SOL: 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, 5.4
  • Time Required: 30 minutes. Schedule this demonstration with the IMAX film Space Station and the program Jr. Space Colony - To the Moon!
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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
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Threatened and Endangered Marine Animals
http://www.vmsm.com/teachers.html
 

Learn about the current status of the threatened and endangered animals found along Virginia's coastline. This program focuses on marine mammals and sea turtles, and includes the vital role humans play in the survival of these magnificent animals. Meet some of the animals representing both success stories and potential problems.

  • Location: Virginia Science Marine Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 3.10, 4.1, 4.8, 5.5, 5.6, 6.8, 6.9, 6.11, LS.7, LS.8, LS.9, LS.11, LS.12, LS.14, Bio.8.9; History: 3.7, 3.8, 7.4, 10.2, 11.5, 12.16
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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.
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Vertebrates vs. Invertebrates 
http://www.virginiazoo.org/education.php?Content=4-6 

If you are studying the five kingdoms of living things, the zoo is the place to be to discuss the animal kingdom! Your students probably know that animals can be divided into two groups - vertebrates or invertebrates, but did you know that 99% of all animals in the world are invertebrates? Come explore the world of both groups as we meet live animals with and without backbones. (Grades 4-6)

  • Location: Virginia Zoo
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 4.1, 5.1, 5.5, 6.1 English: 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 6.2 Math: 4.11, 4.19, 5.11, 5.17, 6.10, 6.18
  • 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.

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.

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
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  • Dates: any time of the year
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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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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
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  • Cost: Field Trips to the MacArthur Memorial can be taken without charge.

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.

  • 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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