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Sixth Grade

Free Programs

Where Does the Water Go?

Time: 50 minutes 
During this presentation, students play an extended version of “An Incredible Journey,” learning that water treatment and water use are parts of the water cycle too.  Students work through a water treatment model to understand how our water is cleaned.  Great review of the water cycle, surface-water flow, and groundwater flow. 
Topics Covered: Water Cycle, Pollution, Water Treatment 
Science/Social Science Standards: 6.S.1, 6.E.2 
Live Animals: No 
Cost: Free

Talkin Trash

Time: 50 minutes 
Using an Enviroscape Landfill model, students get an in-depth look at how a landfill is designed.  While participating in “A Peek at Packaging” (PLT), they learn about different types of packaging, how packaging affects us as consumers, and the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling solid waste as sensible alternatives to landfilling our wastes.  They will also be introduced to the innovative process of converting waste to energy used by BMW and Waste Management. 
Topics Covered: Recycling, Pollution, Water Quality, Landfills, Greenhouse Gasses 
Science/Social Science Standards: 6.S.1, 6.E.2 
Live Animals: No 
Cost: Free

Barrier Islands
  • Time: 50 minutes 
  • Taking your trip to Barrier Island this year? This presentation serves as a good introduction to barrier island formation and the importance of resulting wetlands that are associated with them. Students study salt marsh artifacts and play “Barrier Island Bingo.” 
  • Topics Covered: Barrier Islands, Islands, Food Chains, Watersheds 
  • Science/Social Science Standards: Field Trip Preparation, 6.S.1, 6.L.4 
  • Live Animals: Yes 
  • Cost: Free
Stolen Truck

Time: 50 minutes 
Students will enjoy working in teams to solve a story problem involving measurement, equations in the form y=ax, ratio and proportion and graphing. Using the data collected from measurements, each team will produce a graph from which students will determine an estimate of a proportionality constant or slope. The students will use their constant of proportionality (slope) in guided calculations to solve the story problem. 
Topics Covered: Ratios and Proportional Relationships, the Number System, Expressions and Operations, Statistics and Probability 
Math Standards: 6.RP.1, 6.NS.6, 6.EEl.2, 6.EEl.5, 6EEl.9, 6.DS.1 
Live Animals: No 
Cost: Free

Fee Programs

All Around the World

Time: 50 minutes 
Let’s look at some of the live animals and artifacts from the center to see how scientists classify organisms and how the animals’ behaviors and adaptations allow them to survive 
Topics Covered: The Animal Kingdom, Classification, Survival, Vertebrates and Invertebrates 
Science/Social Science Standards: 6.S.1, 6.L.4 
Live Animals: Yes 
Cost: $1/Student 

Tootie Fruitie

Time: 50 minutes 
Let's take a look at the Plant Kingdom from top to bottom, inside and out.  Determining whether produce is a fruit or vegetable can be a little tricky at times. Many things we call vegetables are really fruits. Let’s give it a try and also see if we can identify different parts of different plants. We will find out  the differences between vascular and non-vascular plants.  Students dissect a lima bean seed to find the embryo, and decide if the plant is a monocot or a dicot. They also get to taste and sample different exotic fruits and vegetables. 

Topics Covered: The Plant Kingdom, Vascular versus Non-Vascular Plants, Plant Structures and Survival, Seeds, Fruits, Vegetables, Sorting, Classification 
Science/Social Science Standards: 6.S.1, 6.L.5 
Live Animals: Yes 
Cost: $1/Student