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Science - Fourth Grade 4.4

Adopt A Tree 

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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Forest Ecology

Tree structure and function (Grades 4-5)

  • Location: Jamestown School Enrichment
  • SOLs Covered: Science 4.4, 4.5, 4.8, 5.5
  • Time Required: 45 minutes
  • Dates: September to May
  • Costs: One-day program: $8.25 per person. Program includes 3 ‚ 5 instructional classes, recreational equipment use, eating area, restrooms. Adult leaders free.

Living Planet 

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.
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Produce, Consume & Decompose

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.

Salt Marsh Players

Students play roles of organisms adapting to life in a tidal salt marsh and discuss ways humans and other animals adapt to their environment.

  • Location: Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • SOLs Covered: Science 4.4, 4.5, 4.7
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Seeds of Change 

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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Where in the Woods? Adventure Packs

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.

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