5th-Grade Activities

August 8, 2007

Design a raft to run the rapids in Forest Park

Have your students use their “Floating and Sinking” knowledge in a real life situation. As part of the fifth grade Changes in Nature program at ECOS, students are asked to design a raft that can stay afloat when placed into a fast-moving stream. This activity lets students apply what they learn in the classroom to solve a problem at ECOS.

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June 6, 2006

5th-Grade Schedule

2 Day Program
(The day and time slots are interchangeable)

Day 1

Starting at the Clifford A. Phaneuf Environmental Center, students will follow the water in Porter Lake to the Connecticut River. During the hike students will explore:
-- how a drop of water trapped in a cloud ends up in the Connecticut River.
-- weathering, erosion and delta formation.
-- The Everett H. Barney Estate and develop an appreciation for life in the 19th century.
-- a fast moving stream by sailing rafts they made before coming to ECOS. (See Design of Raft information)

Lunch – Outside if weather permits

Students will study adaptations of plants and animals in various habitats by:
-- using microscopes and magnifiers
-- discovering how seeds move
-- observing mammal skulls

Day 2

Students will discover changes in the forest habitat by:
-- following the life cycle of a tree from seed to soil.
-- observing different types of soil.
-- using microscopes and magnifiers.

Lunch – Outside if weather permits

Wrap up activities
Any number of activities to help students understand:
-- how all habitats are constantly changing.
-- the difference between natural change and change made by people.

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