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"Human activities can have a detrimental effect on animal habitats. People need to be more aware of their actions and the consequences of those actions. In a whole group have the students complete a brainstorm activity on all the information they can recall about river habitats and water pollution....
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In this unit, your students will study fossils. Fossils are any evidence of past plant or animal life contained in sediment or a sedimentary rock, from bones, shells or teeth to imprints of a dinosaur's foot. Students will see that to hold a fossil is to hold millions of years of history in their...
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Picking up, examining and collecting rocks can be the first steps in moving children toward an appreciation of geology and the “bones” of the Earth. Children can find a wide variety of rocks in many places, from the school yard to parks and driveways at home. Even very young children...
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If you ask the question “What is soil?” you will get many different answers, depending on whom you ask. If you ask an engineer planning a road project, you'll find that soil is the material that can be moved about without blasting. A geologist thinks of soil as the loosely packed...
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To learn to read, write, and appreciate language and communication, it's helpful to find subject matter that's appealing, inspiring, and personal. The sky is a never-ending source of material that is available everyday to everyone. Get ready to set a course for sky exploration! The following...
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Fossils are records of past life. Many young students are fascinated by dinosaur fossils or images of dinosaurs from movies, but they don't understand how scientists find fossils. In this investigation, students will be introduced to the concept of digging for fossils through a simulated...
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Soil scientists often examine soils and record soil data outside. Soil is not just topsoil; it includes other horizons (soil layers) underneath the topsoil. So soil scientists use shovels or soil augers to get samples of many soil horizons. They record soil colors, textures, and types of living...
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"Gravity is a force that all living organisms have to deal with. The body structure of animals is a system of balanced beams and masses. In order to stand or walk, animals like dinosaurs must balance on their feet. To do this, they must keep their center of gravity """"""""between"""""""" their...
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Soils come from rocks and other things that reflect local conditions. Soil is essential for life. In this investigation, students will be able to identify soil properties that can be related to original bedrock, climate and vegetation. At the same time, they will learn about practical issues related...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6
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This exercise encourages students to make observations, examine data, and form hypotheses. These are concrete skills that easily transfer to other science activities. Sets of class footprints are made using flour, ground chalk, or light soil and black or colored construction paper. Groups of...
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A system is a group of related features or objects that are organized in some way. Different parts of a system interact with each other. This causes a system to function in some way as a whole. Every system has a driving force that makes it work. In any system, there can be a large number of parts...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6
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Rocks are generally deposited horizontally. After one rock layer has been deposited, another is laid down on top of it. Thus, the rocks on the bottom of the stack are the oldest, and the rocks on the top are the youngest. Once the rocks have been deposited they sometimes get moved around. They can...
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The Adventures in Science (AiS) program introduces children from Pre-K to Grade 5 to a wide variety of scientific disciplines through thought-provoking, hands-on investigations and interactive tours of Museum exhibits. The three-day workshops and week-long day camps are listed below. Hands-on...
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The Science and Nature Program enhances children's understanding and respect for the natural world, as well as teaches the initial skills of scientific inquiry. This innovative program, offering weekday classes during the school year, is designed to educate children ages 3 through 11 and their...
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NASA uses robotic explorers to collect information about places where humans cannot travel. This classroom activity leads students to build and test a robotic-like hand.
Grade Level   3 4 5
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Weather affects all our lives; severe weather requires special precautions. A girl provides a lighthearted account of her family's adventure during the spring floods at her rural home. Floods are only one of the many types of severe weather described in this program. LeVar also talks about...
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Reading Rainbow episodes teach students the importance of their surroundings for a better appreciation for their environment. Reading Rainbow DVDs like Alejandro's Gift is no exception. In this episode, Alejandro learns the importance of water and how it impacts his environment. LeVar explains the...
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A rainy day offers opportunities to explore creative pastimes and to appreciate the wonder of weather. A cumulative rhyme relating how a young African boy brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain. LeVar talks about rainy day activities including an aerial chase of a thunderstorm and...
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How dinosaurs evolved, lived and disappeared over 65 million years ago are still intriguing scientists. This is a whale of a tale about a butcher who yearns to be a fish and turns into a salmon. It inspires LeVar to go on an exploration of exotic marine life, tide pools and dolphins while he...
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"There's a whole different world beneath the sea, especially where there's a living coral reef. This feature book describes the formation of coral reefs and the many plants and animals that live in and around these underwater communities. LeVar is inspired by the book to learn more about the world...
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