Second and Third Grade

NEW PROGRAM!!  “Planet Earth rocks!” an exploration into the awesome subject of the science of Planet Earth.  Includes a visit from a mini travelling rock museum.  Trays of fossils, igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary, and crystalline rocks for students handle, explore, and examine the different characteristics.  Hands-on activities using crayons to understand sedimentary rock formation and the creation of fossils.  Also includes exploration of the water cycle, with a hands-on experiment into convection currents and evaporation, followed by the students acting out the changes water goes through on its journeys between atmosphere and land.

Plants on the Move  Think plants are boring?  This show sets out to prove how dynamic plants really are!  Students will see how plants move through the environment – as they disperse their seeds, spread their roots, and make sugar which fuels the food chain.  Students will use a hands-on game to act out all of the jobs accomplished by the various parts of the plant, from root to fruit.   They will make their own seed-dispersal mechanisms, including the rare and exotic found-only-in-Wayne County jellybean fruit, as well as fun maple-leaf helicopters to play with at home.  “Sheepy” helps illustrate the behavior of “hitch-hiking” fruits.  We end the program by focusing on the most crucial aspect of plants, their ability to trap sunlight energy,  by making sun-reactive (i.e. UV sensitive) plant bracelets to take home (extra materials fee can be negotiated if schools choose not to make the sun-trapper bracelets).

Duration Cost Grades levels Audience size
60  minutes extra materials fee
2-3 32 max.
Comments: designed for 2nd grade study of plants; can be adapted to 5th grade study of ecosystems

 

“Measuring Matters” When we study matter such as gasses, liquids, and solids, we experience its measurable properties most easily –  its mass, height, volume.  While measuring in standard units allows easy conversation of known quantities, are your students bored with inches and centimeters as units of measure? We’ll measure an object’s size in non-standard units such as macaroni and “starburst fruit chew” units.  Students will learn the secretes of “estimation jar” contests, as we measure a container in “marshmallow” or “peppermint” units – winners get a prize!  We will try to sort liquids by size, then measure* to confirm their hypothesis and ask “What happens when we move the liquid to a new container?”   Students will conclude by measuring out a piece of Fruit-by-the-Foot that is one hand long – the question: who’s hand?  *Measuring cups for the liquids were donated by Red Robin restaurant of Novi, MI.

Duration Cost Grades levels Audience size
50-60  minutes extra Materials fee 2-3 28 max.
Comments: A good companion to the 2nd grade unit “measurement matters.”  Includes introduction to testing hypotheses and that being wrong just means you got a surprise ending.

 

 “Simply Simple Machines” What is the difference between a tool and a machine?  Are there 6 types of simple machine, or only 3?  How can one plain old block of wood be a machine, but another block of wood is not?  Can a cardboard box be used to construct 2 machines in less than 1 minute?  If they’re so simple, how can machines be powerful?  Can a minion lift a car?  These questions and more will be answered using simply simple machines.

Duration Cost Grades levels Audience size
60 -70 minutes Standard Rate 2-3 32 max.
Comments: A good companion to 3rd grade curriculum study of simple machines

 

Light up my Life students learn about straight-line travel of light, absorption, refraction, reflection, diffraction, and color as they try a variety of activities.  Can they get a beam of light from point A to point B when it’s not a straight line? Why does a pencil appear to break in half in a cup of water?  How does the refraction of light in water make some objects appear to disappear?  Where do rainbows come from and how can we see one indoors? Students will keep their “rainbow glasses” at the end.

Duration Cost Grades levels Audience size
60 minutes extra Materials fee
2-4 32 max.
Comments: A good companion to 3rd grade curriculum study of light.

 

Sounds abound Students will play a game in which they will act out the behavior of sound travelling through a solid in order to examine the effects of density and elasticity on wave propagation.  Partners will use slinkies to see the nature of a compression wave.   Through the use of “whizzy balloons” students can explore how vibrations produce sound.  They may make (and take home) their own simple instrument and amplifier (the infamous “squonky”) to test how sound travels through matter, and how we can change the sound by changing the matter.  We will experiment with sound traveling through solids, liquids, and gasses.  Students may also explore the use of sound for communication by animals: students can pretend to be a bat, or a mole cricket in a burrow.

Duration Cost Grades levels Audience size
60 minutes Standard Rate 2-4 32 max.
Comments: A good companion to 3rd grade curriculum study of sound.

 

Wave Hello this introduction to the energy of waves compares and contrasts light and sound.  This program includes select activities from both “Light up my Life” and “Sounds Abound.”  How does their behavior affect how they travel through different forms of matter – gas, liquid, and solid.  By manipulating the matter they travel though can we change the waves?  Students get to build an amplifier device and view the world through rainbow glasses (both of which they get to keep!).

Duration Cost Grades levels Audience size
75-90 minutes long program rate extra Meterials fee
3-5 32 max.
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