Teachers Guide Perot Museum Programs 2012-13 : First

PROGRAMS BY GRADE (1st GRADE) CLASSROOM PROGRAMS Adapt to Survive In the animal kingdom, adaptation is the key to survival. In this instructor-led, dialogue-based program, students use taxidermy specimens, skulls, pelts and other hands-on natural items to pinpoint the ways in which animals are both physically and behaviorally adapted to survive — and thrive — in their habitats. TEKS: 2ae, 3b, 9ac, 10a Engineer It: Basic Builders Pushing, pulling and lifting are common forms of work — and with the help of machines, we humans have learned how to make our work a little easier! In this interactive program, students will explore the principles of simple machines and how they work. Working collaboratively, your students will function as engineering teams to build machines of their own using LEGO ® Simple Machines kits. TEKS: 2be, 3bc, 5a, 6cd Dig Those Dinos Even the littlest hands are sure to make big discov-eries in this intriguing introduction to paleontology. Working at hands-on stations, your students will see and touch fossil replicas, learn amazing dinosaur facts, and discover how dinosaurs lived, what they ate — and who ate them! TEKS: 1a, 2ade, 3bc, 9ac, 10a Do Bugs Bug You? There are lots of bugs in the world, but not all of them are insects. See the spark of discovery as your students gain an understanding of insect characteris-tics and how they fit into the animal kingdom. In this hands-on program, each student will take on the role of a junior entomologist, collecting data for individual lab reports to take back to school. TEKS: 2acde, 4a, 9a, 10acd Earth Explorers Rocks can be found everywhere. In fact, Earth itself is one huge rock! This program challenges your students to examine various types of rock for attributes such as shape, size, color, texture, luster and weight. As they gain knowledge about classification methods and the major Earth processes that formed these rocks, they’ll begin to understand that every rock tells a story. TEKS: 1a, 2abce, 3a, 4a, 5a, 6a, 7a, 10a Magnet Mania May the force be with you! This program takes a hands-on approach to helping your class understand the power of magnetism. Students will gain knowl-edge of different kinds of magnets — and learn about the many things magnets can do — while engaging in a variety of magnetic activity stations. TEKS: 2abde, 4a, 5a, 6abcd Organella’s Inside Story In many ways, the human body is just like a machine. This engaging program will introduce your students to Organella, a child-sized stuffed doll that will give them the opportunity to peek inside her body to explore some major body systems. They’ll hear how these systems work together then visit interactive sta-tions to discover ways to keep their own bodies fueled and healthy! TEKS: 2abde, 3a, 9a Paleontology 101 If your students have ever wondered how paleontolo-gists have learned so much about dinosaurs and other ancient creatures, this is their chance to learn how scientific methods can help unwrap the mysteries of the past. In this instructor-led journey, your students will handle replica fossils of ancient animals that once roamed Texas, and learn how fossils can hold important clues about an animal’s diet, appearance and environment. We’ll even put their paleontological prowess to the test with a dino-themed game show! TEKS: 2ae, 3bc, 9ac, 10a Plant Path: The Basics of Botany Curious students will take on the role of a botanist as they dissect a lima bean to learn more about the structure and importance of plants on Earth. Students will also visit hands-on plant stations to understand the “magic” of seeds and prepare a take-home activ-ity that will allow them to predict and observe plant growth at their own pace. TEKS: 1a, 2acde, 4a, 9a, 10b

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