Strand Highlights for 4th - 6th Grade, Saturday, March 29, 2014
Calendar of Events
Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching and Learning
Saturday, March 29, 2014: 4th - 6th Grade
8:00am to 3:30pm
Elizabeth Edmondson, Ph.D.
Director, VISTA at Virginia Commonwealth University
Supporting Institution: Dominion Power
Investigate cycles of energy and matter, alternative energy sources, and how to conserve energy to reduce impact on your school.
- Use the Garden grounds, a camera, and a scientific notebook to collect data to solve this scenario: What alternative forms of energy could be used at the Garden and how will they reduce our impact on the environment?
- Rotate through hands-on investigations exploring these topics:
- Clean energy
- Renewable & non-renewable energy sources
- Alternative energy sources currently in use in Virginia
- Solar energy
- Water energy
- Wind energy
- Biomass energy
Science Teacher Consultant, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Social Studies Teacher Consultant, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Supporting Institution: Agriculture in the Classroom
Discover unique qualities of Virginia through literature, Google Earth, and the Flora of Virginia.
- Use Google Earth to discover unique qualities of Virginia.
- Engage in activities using the “Flora of Virginia” a comprehensive state-of-the-art manual for Virginia's nearly 3200 native and naturalized plant species.
- Discover the “hands-on, minds-on” fun of Agriculture in the Classroom.
- “Jump Start Your School Garden” with new ways to teach students about the Earth’s most precious resources – soil and water.
- Explore the multitude of ways that people, plants, and animals rely on these natural resources.
Supervisor of Elementary Science, Chesapeake Public Schools
Supporting Institution: Museum of the Confederacy
Join an archeological dig revealing clues to discover hidden treasures and piece together the history of Virginia.
- During an archaeological dig, infer what life was like in early Virginia as you use mapping skills to discover hidden artifacts.
- Use Freedom Quilt clues to navigate trails throughout the Garden.
- Make a batch of sun tea and discuss the movement of molecules as heat is added to a substance.
- Use symmetry concepts to design and construct a Revolutionary War lantern.
- Encourage exploration of sound and pitch with a double sided drum made from reused materials.
- Make a periscope used in the trenches during the Revolutionary War that connects to light concepts.
- Enjoy some hardtack as you create a Morse code device using electrical circuits.
Earth and Space
K-5 Math & Science Coordinator, Math Science Innovation Center
Supporting Institution: NASA and the Science Museum of Virginia
Journey through Earth and space while integrating literature, math, and science. Discover engaging ways to explore plate tectonics, erosion, and the rock cycle.
- Experience interactive visualizations of the Sun, Moon, Earth, and the other seven planets while viewing the Magic Planet’s sphere in high resolution imagery.
- Construct solar system models using simple materials that relate the size ratio and relative distances of the planets.
- Participate in an engineering challenge using NASA resources.
- Capture nature using digital technology to display mathematical patterns on the Earth’s surface.
- “Rotate and Revolve” through grade-specific centers that incorporate concepts of:
- Erosion and weathering
- The rock cycle
- Plate tectonics
- Revolution and rotation
- Google Earth images