First Grade

Free Programs 

Drip Drop Plop

Time: 30 minutes 
Students search to find “Drop” and learn how little water is actually available for human use.  We will discover where water is found, discuss how humans use it, and formulate ideas to conserve it.  Hands-on activities make leaning fun! 
Topics Covered: Location of Water on Earth, Importance of Clean Water 
Science/Social Science Standards: 1.S.1, 1.E.4 
Live Animals: Yes 
Cost: Free

How does your garden grow?

Time: 30 minutes 
Adapting an activity from PLT, students become parts of a plant and review plants’ basic needs. Then they will explore the importance of water and how different environments support interesting plants through comparing plant adaptations. 
Topics Covered: Plants, Clean Water, Water Cycle 
Science/Social Science Standards: 1.S.1, 1.L.5 
Live Animals: Yes 
Cost: Free

Up, Down, All Around

Time: 30 minutes 
Learn about the composition of the earth while creating earthquakes!  Students will explore the Earth’s components and learn how water shapes our earth, its importance, and the neat properties that make water so special!  
Topics Covered: Composition of Earth, Properties of Water, Importance of Water 
Science/Social Science Standards: 1.S.1, 1.E.4 
Live Animals: No 
Cost: Free

Shadow Show

Time: 30 minutes 
Using flashlights, students observe and compare how light behaves when it shines on different materials. Is it refracted or reflected? What is the difference between transparent, translucent and opaque? Students experiment to see how light travels and how shadows are formed. Using a pet dinosaur, students discover how to make his shadow move right and left, make him bigger and smaller, and shorter and taller. Is it possible to make the dinosaur shadow completely disappear? 
Topics Covered: Properties of Light, How Shadows are Formed 
Science/Social Science Standards: 1.S.1, 1.P.2 
Live Animals: No 
Cost: Free

Fee Programs

All Around the World

Time: 30 minutes 
Animals and artifacts from the WEC come to visit with the students as they learn about how the sun and moon affect animal behavior, their interaction with their habitat and special adaptations for nocturnal and diurnal animals. 
Topics Covered: Nocturnal and Diurnal Animals 
Science/Social Science Standards: 1.S.1, 1.E.3 
Live Animals: Yes 
Cost: $1/Student