Teachers Guide Perot Museum Programs 2012-13 : Second

PROGRAMS BY GRADE (2nd GRADE) CLASSROOM PROGRAMS ABC’s of Chemistry Chemistry can be exciting! This class introduces students to the basics of chemistry, states of matter and atomic behavior, and helps demonstrate the important role that energy plays in the process of phase change. Through engaging experiments and demonstrations using innocuous yet reactive materials, students will determine whether a chemical or physical reaction is taking place. TEKS: 1ab, 2aef, 3bc, 5abcd 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, 9abc, 10a Air and Weather Discovery is in the air as students explore the water cycle, learn how clouds form and investigate the explosive power of tornadoes. They’ll also use a Van de Graaff generator to reveal shocking facts about lightning! Some student volunteers will even have the opportunity to join our educators in front of the class as assistant meteorologists. TEKS: 1a, 2af, 3c, 4a, 8bc 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 characteristics 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, 10ac 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, 2 abdef, 3a, 4ab, 5a, 8b, 10b 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: 2ef, 3abc, 6cd LEGO ® : Simple Machines In this array of guided activities, students will learn all about simple machines and what makes them…not always so simple! By building with LEGO ® blocks to construct levers, fulcrums and other machines, your students will come away with a stronger understand-ing of what “mechanical advantage” really means! TEKS: 2ae, 3ab, 5d 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 knowledge of different kinds of magnets — and learn about the many things magnets can do — while engaging in a variety of magnetic activity stations. TEKS: 2abf, 3bc, 4a, 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 paleontologists 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

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