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Science - Third Grade 3.6

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 Chesapeack Indians
http://www.vmsm.com/teachers.html 

Native Americans are known for their sustainable use of natural resources. By examining artifacts, your students will learn how Virginia's own Chesapeack (Ches ah pe'ahk) Indians used the wealth of resources provided by our coastal environment.

  • Location: Virginia Science Marine Museum
  • SOLs Covered: SOLs: Science: 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 3.2, 3.6, 3.10, 4.8, LS.8, LS.9, LS.12; History: 2.2, 2.3, 3.7, 4.1, 4.7, 5.1, 5.2
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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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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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Growing up Wild
http://www.valivingmuseum.org/site_pages/
teachersafaris.htm
 

Follow the life cycles of animals you might find living nearby in the forest. See how these critters change during their lives and discover how to protect their woodland habitats.

  • Location: Virginia Living Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: K.1 K.6 1.5 2.4 2.5 3.4 3.6 3.10 4.5
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Habitat Habits
http://www.baylink.org/lessons/3fr_nbg3.html
 

To understand that all living things need food, shelter, space and water. All living things seek a habitat that will meet these needs. (Grades K-4)

  • Location: BayLink - State Parks 
  • SOLs Covered: Science: K.6, 1.4, 1.5, 2.5, 2.8, 3.6, 4.5 
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How Can We Keep the Water Clean?
http://www.vims.edu/adv/ed/bt/bt99lessons2.html 

Ideas appear in a slide show and students model mollusks filtering water. They play "map mania," placing animal pictures on a Bay map, then placing circles to represent pollution. All try to meet the challenge to find behavior to protect the Bay.

  • Location: Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 3.4, 3.6, 3.10 Social Science: 3.6
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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.
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Marine Science
http://www.ext.vt.edu/resources/4h/jamestown/
schoolenrichment.html
 

Marine habitats and food chains (Grades 2-3)

  • Location: Jamestown School Enrichment
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 2.5, 3.5, 3.6
  • 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.

River, River
http://www.vims.edu/adv/ed/bt/bt99lessons2.html 

Students use a map to locate a Chesapeake Bay tributary; sing a song about the river; dramatize water polluting behavior; and suggest methods to protect water quality. They hear a true story, A River Ran Wild, of a community restoring the health of their river.

  • Location: Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 3.6, 3.10
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Staying Alive
http://www.virginiazoo.org/education.php?Content=k3rd
 

Animals in the wild must find creative ways to survive and avoid being eaten. Come learn about intriguing strategies of animal defense such as mimicry, camouflage and behavior "trickery." We will also discover why things such as shells, quills, and venom are so important. Bring your children to interact and explore these and many more secrets of survival in the wild through meeting live animals. *This program is recommended for grades 2-3.

  • Location: Virginia Zoo
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 2.1, 2.7, 2.5, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.10 Math: 3.14 History & Social Science: 3.6 English: 2.2, 2.3, 3.1
  • 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.

Suitcase for Survival
http://www.virginiazoo.org/ 

This all-inclusive program was developed by the World Wildlife Fund to help educate students on illegal wildlife trade. The suitcase includes confiscated wildlife biofacts, lesson plans, slide show, and video. Teachers can use this incredible resource to educate students how to investigate and understand how plants and animals in an ecosystem interact with one another and the nonliving environment. Students will learn to become more eco-conscious consumers and play a part in saving our most precious resource…the Earth. 

  • SOLs Covered: Science LS.9, LS.8, LS.4, LS.12, LS.11, LS.10, BIO.9, BIO.8.10, 2.5, 3.6, 4.5, 6.9
  • Time Required: Length of rental period: 1 week, teacher picks up suitcase at the zoo and returns it.
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  • Costs: Cost of rental: $10.*slide show and video may not be appropriate for grades K-4, teacher discretion is advised. Please call the Education Department to reserve your Suitcase for Survival at 757-626-0803

Touch Tanks
http://www.vmsm.com/teachers.html

An "underwater" experience would not be complete without getting a little wet. Your students will get a thrill from touching a variety of invertebrates including the hermit crab and the sea star! Ocean In Motion Outreach Truck

  • Location: Virginia Science Marine Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 4.5, 4.8, 5.5, 5.6, 6.8, 6.9, LS.4.5
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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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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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Where Water Was & Where It Will Be
http://www.vims.edu/adv/ed/bt/bt99lessons2.html 

Students simulate the movement of water in, around, and through our Earth in the Incredible Journey activity. They predict where they'll travel as drops of water; then mark their destinations during the journey. Afterwards, the class checks the accuracy of their predictions.

  • Location: Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 3.1, 3.6, 3.9, & Math 3.21, 3.22
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