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Fourth Grade Junior Science Academy Classes

Outdoor Science Explorations

Rocks and Minerals

1 hour Rocks

1 hour Minerals

Rock Walk

Adaptations

1 hour Adaptations

Artifacts and Cultures

Fossils

1 hour Fossils


Outdoor Science Explorations   

  • Take science explorations outside!
  • Students go outside on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail to make and record observations of plants, animals, and the Salt Lake Valley's geographic features including the Great Salt Lake,the islands, the Oquirrhs, Bonneville shoreline, Kennecott copper mine, etc.  
  • Clouds will be observed and identified.
  • Weather tools will be utilized.
  • Small amount of collecting done with specimens being brought back to the lab for closer observations under microscopes.  Field guides, magnifying lenses, and other field tools will also be available.
  • An indoor version will be offered if inclement weather is present.
  • Meets Science Standard III, Objective 1, 3; Science Standard V, Objective 2, 3

Rocks and Minerals (This is the two hour version.  If you would like a one hour version, please state in the comment field on the request form which one hour class you want--Rocks, Minerals, or Rock Walk)

  • Observe and record physical characteristics of rocks.
  • Determine the difference between rocks and minerals.
  • Identify minerals by testing their streak marks and acid reactions.
  • Student-directed investigations of research specimens.
  • Meets Science Standard III, Objective 1

1 Hour Rocks (Request Rocks and Minerals and state in comment field you would like 1 Hour Rocks)

  • Observe and record physical characteristics of rocks.
  • Determine the difference between rocks and minerals.
  • Meets Science Standard III, Objective 1

1 Hour Minerals (Request Rocks and Minerals and state in comment field you would like 1 Hour Minerals)

  • Determine the difference between rocks and minerals.
  • Identify minerals by testing their streak marks and acid reactions.
  • Meets Science Standard III, Objective 1

Rock Walk (Request Rocks and Minerals and state in comment field you would like Rock Walk)

  • 1 hour class
  • Observe and record physical characteristics of rocks.
  • Go on a collecting walk outside(an indoor collecting activity if ground is snowcovered)
  • Identify collected rocks.

Adaptations 

  • Observe and record adaptations in a few Utah bird specimens.
  • Use Museum plants and insect specimens, microscopes and other resources for student-centered investigations.
  • Use mammal skulls to create a food web.
  • Use student's knowledge to recognize adaptations in the Museum's exhibits.  
  • Meets Science Standard V, Objectives 1, 2, and 3

1 Hour Adaptations

  • Observe and record adaptations in a few Utah bird specimens.
  • Use Museum plants and insect specimens, microscopes and other resources for student-centered investigations.
  • Meets Science Standard V, Objectives 1, 2, and 3

Understanding Artifacts and Culture 

  • Compare and contrast the Anasazi, Fremont and Paleo Indian cultures.
  • Examine, investigate and make inferences using ancient tools.
  • Use a mano and matate to grind corn into flour.
  • Construct a clay coil pot to take home.
  • Participate in a trading activity.
  • Meets Science Standard ILOs and Social Studies Standard I, Objectives 1 and 2, and Standard II, Objective 1

Fossils 

  • Observe and record physical characteristics of fossils.
  • Recognize differences between different types of fossils.
  • Use fossils to make inferences about Utah's past.
  • Make a model cast fossil.
  • Meets Science Standard IV, Objectives 1 and 2

1 Hour Fossils

  • Observe and record physical characteristics of fossils.
  • Use fossils to make inferences about Utah's past.

Calendar for available classes will be posted August 1, 2019