School Tours: Earth Exploration Lab

Earth Exploration Lab

April 2–June 8

CreepyGrades 3–8

4-hour experience, $6 per student (lunch time included)

Earth Science Lab, a new educational experience at Minnetrista, combines many elements of environmental science with fun and hands-on activities for your students.  You’ll spend the day learning about the complexities of the natural world while digging into geology, becoming botanists, exploring energy, and more!

 

What will my students do?

3–5    

Examine the pH and aquatic life of our pond to determine its health

Meet live animals and determine what their needs are in the natural world

Make kites out of recycled materials

Mine for chocolate chips in our geology game

Test alternative energy models

Explore eco-friendly garden options on the grounds of Minnetrista, including our green roof and our work along the bank of White River

 

6–8    

Examine chemical and mineral  properties of our pond to determine its health

Venture into our nature area, a reclaimed rock quarry

Make mineral toothpaste

Test alternative energy models

Play games to see how personal decisions can impact the environment

Explore eco-friendly garden options on the grounds of Minnetrista, including our green roof and rain gardens

 

What will my students learn?

Decipher the role clean water has in our ecosystems and our homes

Understand that habitats, and their inhabitants (both plant and animal), are interconnected and serve a vital role in a healthy ecosystem

Understand how we can each make personal decisions that impact the environment, ourselves and others in our community

Using and examining models can help us understand how the “real things” work

Examine the role rocks and minerals play in our daily lives

Understand the principle of and importance surrounding reclamation

 

State Standards

3rd grade

Language Arts 3.1.2, 3.7.1, 3.7.2, 3.7.3, 3.7.12 3.7.15, 3.7.16

Mathematics 3.2.1

Science 3.1.2, 3.1.2, 3.1.4, 3.1.5, 3.1.6, 3.1.8, 3.2.1, 3.2.4, 3.3.1,
3.3.5, 3.3.6, 3.3.7, 3.3.8, 3.4.1, 3.4.4, 3.5.1, 3.5.5, 3.6.3

Social Studies 3.3.6, 3.3.7, 3.3.10, 3.3.11

 

4th Grade

Language Arts 4.1.1, 4.7.1, 4.7.2, 4.7.4, 4.7.6, 4.7.7, 4.7.15

Mathematics 4.1.1

Science 4.1.5, 4.1.7, 4.1.8, 4.2.4, 4.2.6, 4.2.7, 4.3.2, 4.3.11,
4.3.14, 4.4.2, 4.4.3, 4.4.6, 4.4.7, 4.4.9, 4.5.5, 4.6.2, 4.6.4

Social Studies 4.3.7, 4.2.4, 4.4.9

 

5th Grade

Language Arts 5.7.1, 5.7.4

Science 5.1.1, 5.1.2, 5.1.5, 5.1.7, 5.2.8, 5.1.4, 5.1.3, 5.1.4, 5.1.7
5.3.11, 5.4.4, 5.4.5, 5.4.7

Social Studies 5.2.10, 5.3.6, 5.4.9

 

6th Grade

Language Arts 6.7.3, 6.7.15

Science 6.1.5, 6.4.1, 6.4.3, 6.4.8, 6.4.96.4.10, 6.7.2

Social Studies 6.3.14, 6.3.15, 6.7.3, 6.7.15

 

7th Grade

Science 7.2.3, 7.1.4, 7.1.8, 7.4.6, 7.4.7

 

8th Grade

Science 8.1.4, 8.1.7, 8.1.8, 8.2.7, 8.3.15, 8.4.5, 8.4.6, 8.4.8, 8.7.7