Insects and Spiders: Friend or Foe
Suitable for grades K-2
The boys and girls learn to recognize a true "insect" by identifying its main body parts and learn the difference between insects and spiders. We teach them to regard stinging insects, the Black Widow and Brown Recluse spiders with caution (but not automatically with destruction).
Seedy Side Show
Suitable for grades K-2
The children learn about the diversity of the seed world through a classifying activity. With graphics and soft sculpture models, children learn that all seeds have the same major parts in common. They can identify the parts on their own "dissected" seed. They hear key words such as embryo, seed coat, cotyledon and germination.
Tree nuts are used in the hands-on activity. If you have a student with tree nut allergies, please let the Master Gardener know before the presentation begins.
Six-Legged Super Heroes
Suitable for grades 3-5.
We introduce the students to beneficial insects most common in our area. Through a video, photographs and matching games, they will come to understand that not all insects in the landscape are pests.
Suitable for Grades 3-5.
The children will learn about soil as the basis for all life on earth, the difference between "soil" and "dirt" and will hear such words as decomposition, organic matter, erosion and compost. Using a hand lens the children will detect the evidence of both organic and inorganic materials in a soil sample. They will conduct an experiment on the rate and volume of water that passes through different samples.
Something to Sprout About
Suitable for K-2 (designed to follow Seedy Side Show)
The class learns that seeds "sleep" or remain dormant until the right conditions happen to "wake" them or trigger germination. Children learn the difference between a monocot and a dicot and sprout one of each. Through the follow-up observations with their teachers, the students see what happens with their own seeds.
Suitable for 3-5 grades.
10 children will become a living teaching aid in introducing the main parts of the tree and their functions. The students will learn why trees are important to the environment and will be able to give examples of how trees are used. They will be taught how humans and trees are similar and different in their needs, examples that illustrate trees are alive and how to determine the age of a tree.
Suitable for Grades K-2
A video and color photos aid in teaching an appreciation of butterflies and moths, how they are alike and different and the role they play in the garden. They are not only pretty and fun to watch. They are also important pollinators. Visual aids of sample flowers that attract both are used. Metamorphosis of both are discussed.
Worms to the Wise
Suitable for Grades K-3
The students learn about earthworms as"nature's plows." Basic worm anatomy is discussed, what they eat, how they live and the characteristics that make these underestimated creatures so valuable to farmers and gardeners. The children get up close and personal by observing LIVE worms from the Master Gardeners portable worm farms.
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