Outreach Lesson

Elementary

Updated for the 2024-2025 school year.

Students in Grades 3-5 will enjoy these standards-based, hands-on lessons.

ELECTRIFYING EXPERIENCES

  • Explore both current and static electricity
  • Create circuits to show the transfer of energy through current electricity 
  • Investigate the transfer of energy to create an electromagnet

ENERGY IS EVERYWHERE

  • Recognize that energy is present when objects move and the relationship between kinetic and potential energy
  • Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts electrical energy to another form of energy, using open or closed simple circuits
  • Recognize that the sun is the ultimate source of energy on Earth

ENGINEERING

  • Design solutions to real-world problems that include specified criteria and constraints
  • Explore how engineers improve technologies to increase their benefits, to decrease known risks, and to meet societal demands
  • Evaluate the results of an experiment to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in a change of properties

THE IMPORTANCE OF POLLINATORS

  • Analyze the internal and external structures that land animals and plants have to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction
  • Infer that plant and animal adaptations help them survive in land biomes
  • Use evidence to construct an explanation for how variations in characteristics among pollinators within the same species may provide advantages to those individuals in their survival and the survival of the plants they pollinate

IT'S A PLANT'S WORLD

  • Analyze and label the internal and external structures of plants to determine their purpose
  • Develop models of terrestrial and aquatic food chains to describe the movement of energy among producers, herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, and decomposers
  • Investigate the role of carbon in photosynthesis

MAGNETIC FORCES

  • Investigate the cause-and-effect relationship between magnets
  • Solve problems through the interaction of magnets
  • Investigate and create an electromagnet

METEOROLOGY AND FORECASTING

  • Explore and explain the cycle of water on Earth
  • Use tables, graphs, and tools to describe precipitation, temperature, and wind to determine weather fronts and forecasts
  • Investigate natural hazards and their impact on humans and the environment

ROAMING THE BIOMES

  • Develop models of terrestrial and aquatic food chains to describe the movement of energy among producers, herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, and decomposers
  • Develop adaptations for animals in changing environments that help animals survive 
  • Investigate an owl’s diet through the dissection of an owl pellet

SIMPLE MACHINES

  • Explore cause and effect relationships of energy and force in relationship to the direction and motion of materials
  • Identify and demonstrate how the 6 different simple machines can be used for different purposes
  • Determine the effectiveness of multiple solutions to a design problem given the criteria and the constraints

UNEARTHED

  • Use fossils to provide information about the past
  • Observe how mechanical weathering and transportation change the landscape 
  • Analyze and interpret data and maps representing landforms and the layers of the Earth

A limited number of lessons are available at no cost through a partnership with Vulcan Materials Company.

WHAT’S UP WITH MATTER

  • Describe the properties of solids, liquids, and gasses and identify that matter is made up of particles too small to be seen
  • Describe physical characteristics while comparing physical change and chemical change 
  • Analyze and interpret data to show that the amount of matter is conserved even when it changes form, even when matter seems to vanish

PRICING

  • $150 per lesson + round-trip travel fee
FULL PAYMENT IS DUE AT TIME OF PRESENTATION

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