Children’s Education: In-Class Programs

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These one-hour presentations are done in your classroom. They include hands-on games and activities designed for a single classroom of no more than 30 students.

BIG MOUTHS (Grades 2-6)

Team activities are used to illustrate the adaptations that help animals survive. Students investigate beak adaptations on birds as well as mouth parts on insects.

SOUNDS GOOD! (Grades K-4)

Animals communicate using distinct sounds. In this presentation, students will sharpen their listening skills as they identify animals by their sounds.

A WEALTH OF WATER (Grades 4-6)

This team activity challenges students to think about our water supplies throughout the planet. Play money is used to discuss water distribution percentages and teams ’invest’ their money as they learn about this important natural resource.

RESOURCE PIZZA (Grades 3-6)

Gardeners and conservationists alike agree that much of what we throw away as trash could be utilized to improve and enrich the soil. In this activity, students create a trash pie and discuss ways to reduce trash and fortify our soil.

INTRODUCTION TO A GARDEN (Preschool & Kindergarten)

Using literature, puppets and toys, youngsters are introduced to the wild world of plants and animals that live in a garden.

D.I.R.T.: DISCOVERING & INVESTIGATING THE REALITIES OF TOPSOIL (Grades 3-6)

The composition and properties of soil are addressed in games and science experiments that allow students to explore dirt and its importance in lives.

FOTO WHAT? UNDERSTANDING PHOTOSYNTHESIS AT LAST (Grades 3-6)

Young students can tell us that plants give us air, but this activity allows them to explore photosynthesis on a deeper level by role playing H2O, CO2, stomata, roots, chloroplasts, and sun. This interactive game provides a breath of fresh air to this complex subject.

PIECES OF THE EARTH (Grades K-5)

Students identify the natural resources used to produce the everyday items we use as they play a classroom-sized version of the memory game. Renewable and non-renewable properties, environmental responsibility and resource conservation activities are included.

A DROP AROUND THE WORLD (Grades 2-6)

This action-packed version of Project Wet’s watercycle game will allow students to traverse the globe (or at least the classroom) as they follow the life-cycle of a water droplet. Opportunities to explore human impact on water quality are included.

PLANTS-ALIKE & DIFFERENT (Grades 1-6)

Students will be challenged to discover the identity of the “mystery” produce by separating several common fruits and vegetables into groups based on their similarities and differences. Finally, students will put their classification skills to work by using a dichotomous key to identify the leaves of several common trees. A leaf relay will be substituted for younger students.

NOT A DROP TO DRINK (All ages)

Using the enviroscape 3D model of a watershed, students will learn about watersheds and human impact on our waterways, both locally and globally. This extremely engaging, hands-on program will increase students’ understanding of how their own everyday activities affect the earth. Students will gain an understanding of sources of pollution, erosion, weathering, sedimentation and best management practices to prevent them. Please note this class is 90 minutes long and requires moving some classroom furniture. The charge is $75.

PLANTS ON YOUR PLATE (Grades K – 3)

Plant based foods come from all different parts of a plant. Students will identify each plant part and its function while tasting different parts of a plant. Discover a variety of fruits and vegetables and the health benefits of these on your plate.

NEW FOR 2015

BUILD-A-BIN (Grades K-8)

Learn the simplicity of worm composting through hands-on experiments that explore the elements of a perfect worm habitat. Build a worm bin with your students and play games to discover exactly what your worms will eat. BONUS: For an additional $5, the bin will be left with the classroom for teachers who are committed to classroom composting.

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Questions? Call (419) 536.5589 or email education@toledogarden.org