Science

Module 2: Teacher's Guide

Time: 9 days, 30-60 minutes/day

Overview: Students begin their expedition by investigating local and mountain biodiversity and exploring the environmental threats and conservation measures related to the biodiversity of these two areas.

Objectives: To become familiar with local native plants through the investigation of and comparison to native plants in the mountain environment.

National Standards Addressed (attached below)

Module 1: Teacher's Guide

Time: 8 days, 30-45 minutes/day

Overview: Students explore the importance of mountains, how mountains are made, and graphical representations of mountains on maps.

Objectives: To spark student interest in the investigation of mountains and to increase familiarity with mountain characteristics and formation.

National Standards Addressed (attached below)

The Secret Life of Ponds

Water makes life on the planet not just livable, but possible. All organisms are utterly dependent on it for survival. Our bodies are 80 percent water. It covers three-quarters of the Earth's surface, but only 3 percent of that area is fresh water (the rest is oceanic salt water), and more than half of that is in the form of ice.

Catching the Rain

Objectives

Students will:

  • discover the impact of soil conditions on rainwater absorption
  • learn gardening practices to help increase moisture absorption

Central Concepts

Water does not penetrate well in some soil conditions, causing runoff and erosion.

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Oliver's Vegetables by Vivian French

Objectives

  • Read Oliver's Vegetables by Vivian French.
  • Discuss the edible parts of plants.
  • Learn the health benefits of vegetables and why they should eat some every day.

Central Concepts:

  • Vegetables are an important part of our diet because they provide essential nutrients and fiber.
  • Different vegetables provide different health benefits.

Bulb Botany

Objectives

  • Learn the different parts of a bulb and what they do.
  • Explore the parts of the bulb through dissection.

Central Concepts

  • A bulb is a plant that grows from an underground mass of food storage tissues.
  • The storage capacity of a bulb is a special adaptation for survival.

Materials

  • bulbs (onion and/or spring-flowering bulbs)
  • a knife
  • cutting board
  • plastic bags
  • paper towels
  • paper
  • pencils

Discussion Questions

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Flower Dissection

Objectives

  • Learn the difference between angiosperms and gymnosperms
  • Learn the purpose of flowers
  • Investigate and identify the parts of a flower using live specimens

Central Concepts

  • Flowers vary in appearance, but all possess similar structures.
  • The purpose of a flower is to produce seed.

Materials

  • Chart or model illustrating the parts of a flower
  • Flowers, conifer cones
  • Paper towels
  • Tweezers and hand lenses

Discussion Questions

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