animals that adaptAnimals That Adapt (3rd grade)

Standards of Learning: 2018 Science (3.1, 3.4b)

If animals do not adapt, they do not stay alive. With that in mind, students will investigate the basic characteristics of living things which include the ability to adapt both physically and behaviorally. Students will explore camouflage and biomimicry via hands-on activities, and there will even be a creepy crawly to get them thinking and moving!


Research by environmental engineers is in full swing to produce effective insulation to save energy resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Students will test their engineering intelligence to design an effective cooling device. Their designs will be tested using temperature probes and computer software as they measure the effect of insulation on the temperature of water. Students will also practice math skills as they analyze statistical data to affirm their engineering success. Can your students “Keep It Cool”?

Standards of Learning: 2010 Science (4.3a, 5.1); 2009 Math (5.16, 5.17)


built to measureBuilt to Measure (3rd grade)

Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (3.7a); 2018 Science (3.1)

Engineers are the problem-solving force of our world today; they integrate math, science, and technology to make our lives more safe and comfortable. Engineers design to meet our needs and wants. In this lesson, students apply their understanding of metric measurement as they build simple models to solve a problem.


geosnowGeoSnow: Exploring the World of Snowflakes (3rd grade)

Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (2.12, 2.13, 3.12, 4.12); 2018 Science (3.7, 4.4)

A snowflake, or snow crystal, forms in the clouds when water vapor cools and forms an ice crystal. Students will learn about snowflake formation by exploring the geometric concepts of symmetry as well as 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional structures. Students will discover what every snowflake has in common as well as what makes each snowflake unique.

learning with leversLearning with Levers (3rd grade)

Standards of Learning: 2018 Science (3.1, 3.2); 2016 Math (3.15)

How do levers work? In this lesson students will create a lever and explore the mechanical advantage of using a lever to lift an object. Students will collect and analyze data to determine the best placement of the fulcrum to accomplish a task.


soil isnt a dirty wordSoil Isn't a Dirty Word (3rd grade)

Standards of Learning: 2018 Science (3.1, 3.6)

Dirt is soil out of place. Soil is a living habitat all on its own, a home to our largest reservoir of biodiversity -- within only a teaspoon of soil we can find billions of microbes. Join us as we dig into soil, getting up close and personal with the components of soil and investigating how different soils affect the plants that grow in them.

did you pollute the water

Did You Pollute the Water? (4th grade)

Standards of Learning: 2018Science (4.1, 4.3, 4.8); 2016 Math (4.9)

Are you responsible for water pollution? Concepts of pollution and watersheds will be presented and explored. Students will participate in hands-on activities and learn about natural and man-made ways to clean up the pollution. Are you ready to answer the question, "Did you pollute the water?"

classify this

Classify This! (4th grade)

Standards of Learning: 2018 Science (4.1, 4.3, 4.7)

Get ready to dive into the classification system! In order for us to understand how all living organisms are related, organisms are arranged into different groups. The more features that a group of animals share, the more specific the group becomes. We will be focusing on the ocean ecosystem using dichotomous keys, preserved specimens, and lots of “hands-on” activities. Come on in; the water is fine!



first american environ circleFirst American Environmental Circle (4th grade)

Standards of Learning: 2018 Science (4.1, 4.3, 4.8)

Explore the concept of an ecosystem in Virginia, focusing on forest, river, and cave ecosystems. Students will use their problem-solving skills as they connect food webs and chains found within Virginia's natural resources. Using hands-on materials and artifacts, students will see how the first Americans used the natural resources around them in a way that maintained the balance of needs and resources within an ecosystem and how we can continue to follow their example today.


say ahh gebra

Say "Ahh"-gebra (4th grade)

Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (4.15, 4.16)

Algebraic thinking: Are you having a difficult time explaining algebraic concepts to your students? In this lesson, students will create their own set of simple math manipulatives to help them better understand basic algebraic concepts such as using variables to create and solve equations.


solar connectionsSolar Connections (4th grade)

Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (5.5, 5.16); 2018 Science (5.1, 5.4d, 5.9a, c)

Solar energy—no longer fuel for the future—it's fuel for now. Solar panels are popping up everywhere—on houses and factories, roadside signs, cars, and even toys—using energy from the sun to generate electrical energy. Take a closer look at solar energy collection, practice math strategies for multiplication and computation, then use solar toys to conduct experiments to collect data for graphing.


the changing earthThe Changing Earth (5th grade)

Standards of Learning: 2018 Science (5.1, 5.8)

The only constant in our Earth is change. Whether the Earth is being built up or broken down, the Earth's crust is being constantly impacted by weathering, erosion, plate tectonics and human impact. Students will participate in classroom lab stations to see firsthand how concepts like the rock cycle, fossil evidence, earthquakes and volcanoes, and weathering and erosion make a big impact on our Earth. 

Room Requirement: Space around room for student investigations and lab experiments.

light whats your angle

Light: What's Your Angle (5th grade)

Standards of Learning: 2018 Science (5.6); 2016 Math (5.12)

Ever wonder how you could see around a corner undetected or how a submarine sees above the water? This lesson will bend your students thinking and shed light on reflection and angles. Using mirrors, lasers, and protractors students will create, investigate, and measure angles. Their discoveries will be used to demonstrate and generalize the law of reflection. This lesson can be modified to align with current math pacing.


looking at soundLooking at Sound (5th grade)

Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (5.1, 5.2); 2018 Science (5.5)

Take a closer look at sound. Review key concepts of the physics of sound such as amplitude, frequency, and pitch, and experiment using new technology. Using Audacity software, we will track sounds produced by pitch pipes to better understand sound waves and use Go!Motion sensors to graph the motion of movements (echolocation) and create a decimal number line. After this lesson, students will have a new way of looking at sound.

electric circuits

Electric Circuits 2.0 (5th grade)

Standards of Learning: 2018 Science (5.1, 5.4)

Using SWITCH-ON© pieces, students will discover how to make an open/closed circuit, a series circuit, and a parallel circuit. Students will examine and test various items to investigate properties of conductors and insulators. LED and photo cell explorations will allow for extra observations and predictions.


2018 Science (3.1)