Grade 1

Needs and Characteristics of Living Things ($230+HST): In this program students will be introduced to a plant (red spruce), an arthropod (hissing cockroach), an amphibian (cane toad), a reptile (rat snake), a bird (kestrel), and a mammal (rat). Information on each species will be provided while students use our worksheet to complete a species interaction web. Students will then be separated into groups where they will be given time to observe one of the species. They will then use their webs to hypothesize what would happen if their species went extinct. It is a lesson in human stewardship as well as an opportunity for students to see how species coexist in their environment. Saplings are given to students to bring home.

Materials, Objects, and Everyday Structures ($230+HST): In this program students will discover the properties of different materials by using clay, plastics, and wood to build toys. Focus will be on the utility of each material vs. environmental costs. A history of the usefulness and harm of plastics will be given and the children will have the opportunity to use recycled plastics to make their own take-home toy. Through a demonstration, students will be introduced to the problem of plastics buildup in the oceans.

Energy in Our Lives($220+HST): This program comes with a renewable energy challenge. Our kits measure energy output from wind, water and solar and children can join in small groups to produce the most energy using varying light sources, wind sources (ie: hair dryer), and differing amounts of water.

Daily and Seasonal Changes($230+HST): This program includes live animals such as a caiman and a common snapping turtle. Students will be invited to observe or discuss changes in animals dependent on time of day or season. There will be a focus on changes in climate and how they impact each species.