Teachers Guide Perot Museum Programs 2012-13 : Seventh

PROGRAMS BY GRADE (7th GRADE) 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: 3abd, 8a, 10a, 11c, 12a, 13a Pump Up: The Heart* Challenge your students to get to the heart of the matter during this guided dissection of the body’s hardest-working muscle! Students will learn about the heart’s structure and function, trace the flow of blood through the heart, and learn how oxygen, nutrients and hormones are transported throughout the body. In teams of two, students will conduct their own dissection of a real sheep’s heart. *Lab-based program TEKS: 1a, 2a, 3a, 4ab, 12abc Rockin’ Thru Texas This hands-on, station-based program equips students with the skills to identify and classify various types of rocks and minerals using hand lenses, streak tests and UV fluorescence. By focusing on geology, the rock cycle and plate tectonics, students will also explore how movement of the Earth’s continental crust has shaped the landforms we are familiar with today. TEKS: 2abe, 3abcd, 4a, 8b Texas Archaeology: Moments in Time Texas’ rich cultural history takes center stage in this interactive program using artifacts, maps and a hands-on archaeological lab activity. Students will measure, sketch and analyze real artifacts covering 12,000 years of human history from a site near Texas A&M Uni-versity. We will examine tools, clothing, ornaments and instruments to explore technological advances through time. TEKS: 2ace, 3a, 4a Social Studies TEKS: 1a, 2a, 9b, 20a, 21abc, 22d Trash Island: Albatross Pellet Dissection* Garbage, garbage, everywhere and not a bite to eat! The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an accumulation of non-biodegradable trash brought together by ocean currents. Birds like the albatross often mistake floating plastics for their prey. By studying the pellets that albatrosses regurgitate, scientists monitor the impact of the garbage patch on the diet of these birds. In teams of two, students will dissect pellets to identify, sort and classify contents. This program emphasizes the impact of humans and material waste on delicate ocean ecosystems and food chains. (Real pellets will be available to observe and examine, but dissection pellets will be artificial replicas.) *Lab-based program TEKS: 1a, 2abcde, 3a, 4ab, 10a AUDITORIUM PROGRAMS Electric Theater Spark your students’ interest in electricity and magnetism with this highly interactive auditorium program. We offer a broad range of grade-appropriate content, led by our knowledgeable instructors and supported by volunteers from the audience. We’ll explore the properties of electricity using a Van de Graaff generator and Tesla coil, and we’ll cover topics including plasma, electromagnetism, Lenz’s Law, direct and alternating currents, Ohm’s Law, Joule’s Law and transformers. Prepare your students for a truly hair-raising experience as they experience the power of science. TEKS: 1a, 2ab, 3ad, 4ab Fire & Ice This program literally goes to extremes to teach students about the different states of matter. Using fire and liquid nitrogen, our instructor demonstrates how physical and chemical changes occur. Student volunteers help the presenter explore how temperature affects matter. TEKS: 1a, 2abe, 3ad, 4ab Super Hero Science This program is available only at the Perot Museum. Superheroes are the stuff of comic books and Hollywood blockbusters. But do your students understand the real science behind their fantastic powers? This educator-led interactive stage show will explore topics including lasers, invisibility, X-ray vision, kinetic energy, levitation and smart materials. TEKS: 1a, 2ab, 3ad, 4ab

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